He knew that he would give an account to God for the ministry that God had entrusted to him. So Paul does not mean and the New Testament never teaches that in some way we by our suffering must add merit to Christ’s sacrificial death that paid for our sins. The apostle Paul certainly endured many sufferings for Christ during his ministry. 10:14), “How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? Your ministry is not about fulfilling you, but about exalting the Lord. Colossians 1:24-29 Commentary: Paul's commission is to make fully known the word of God--Christ, the hope of glory--and to suffer for it if necessary. The clear warning of that parable is that the servant with one talent is in the greatest danger of not using it for the master’s purpose. The MSS. But God had to reveal the previously unknown truth that the Gentiles would be fellow-heirs with the Jews, one body in Christ with them. Mystery mightily producing labor. Let us not think because it is caused "mystery" we can't understand it! Many other verses in Paul’s writings and in the Book of Hebrews could be piled up to show that in terms of salvation, nothing was lacking in Christ’s sufferings. But it may be rightly said that they are completing the sufferings of the scientist by taking his discovery to the far corners of the earth. Then do it joyfully in reliance on His Spirit, seeking to glorify the Lord who bought you and rescued you from the domain of darkness. Context Summary. How wonderful! Why/why not? Colossians 1:24 "Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, of which I became a minister according to the divine office which was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known, the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now made manifest to his saints." Q & A: What Does Colossians 1:15-18 Mean? Colossians 1:24-28 New King James Version (NKJV) Sacrificial Service for Christ. Then in verse 29 Paul tells the church in Philippi to honor Epaphroditus when he comes back, and he gives his reason in verse 30 which has words very similar to Colossians 1:24. Your grade will be based on, “Did you serve Christ well by exalting Him in every way?” Did you exalt Him in your trials by enduring them joyfully for His sake? Colossians 1:1 "Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy [our] brother," “Timothy”: This is Paul’s co-laborer and true child in the faith, who was able to be with him because, although Paul was a prisoner, he had personal living quarters (Acts 28:16-31). Remember, you’re in the ministry now! Those who take it to others may have to sweat and toil and risk their lives to do it. As Paul learned on the Damascus Road, when he persecuted the church, he persecuted Jesus Himself (Acts 9:4). Paul was writing against the backdrop of the false teachers who were infecting the Colossian church. 14:10; 2 Cor. So view yourself as a steward appointed by Christ to do whatever He’s given you to do. Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture Quotations are from the New American Standard Bible, Updated Edition © The Lockman Foundation, Steve served as the pastor of Flagstaff Christian Fellowship from May, 1992 through his retirement in December, 2018. Then what does Paul mean by this statement? Paul calls his message “the mystery.” Probably he was playing upon a term which the false teachers used. This doesn’t mean that everyone will be saved, but rather that God will remove the curse on creation that was imposed because of man’s fall into sin. What do you do? Mystery manifested to his saints! Colossians 1:28-29 Theme: God gives us, in these two verses, a "mission statement" for our church's ministry. And so he worked hard to be a good minister. And he made tents to support his ministry. How did this happen? To enhance their understanding of what this entails, the author presents what has come to be called a Christ hymn (1:15-20), which most likely had been … Continue reading "Commentary on Colossians 1:15-28" If you know Christ, you’re enrolled in the course called “ministry.” There are assignments and there will be a final exam! Paul concludes this passage by stating the aspect of his commission that seems most relevant to the Colossians: “It is he [Christ] whom we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ” (Col. 1:28). Colossians 1:28 whom we proclaim, admonishing every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ; "WHOM WE PROCLAIM"-i.e. Paul had not visited Colossae, but had received reports from Epaphras, the … Colossians 1:24 and Philippians 3:10-11. But is he? In Acts 9 we read how it happened. Beloved there is nothing so valuable as the message that has been unfolded to us in the gospel message, as recorded in the New Testament scriptures, as supported by all the inspired men of old in the Old Testament. Colossians 1:24-29. We, likewise, must first of all be grateful for the HELP we have received from others, in our spiritual adventure; also, may we be dedicated to HELPING other to the extent we are able. Paul was thankful for their reception of the gospel and the fruit that it bore Paul’s answer here is: We serve Christ well by exalting Him in every way. As he writes in Colossians 3:11, “there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.” Christ is in every believer and every believer is in Christ! What a valuable message to them and yea, surely to us! Christ has prepared a love offering for the world by suffering and dying for sinners. Christ has prepared a love offering for the world by suffering and dying for sinners. Colossians 1:24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake & in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is (3 SPAI) the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions. Perhaps you’ve never thought about it before, but the question, “How can I be a good minister (servant) of Jesus Christ?” should be on your mind often. (First delivered Sunday, January 14, 2001; revised and preached June 8, … First, Jesus taught that His followers must suffer because of their identification with Him. He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1976 in Bible exposition) and Califo... More, 4. 2. First Paul was rejoicing for these brethren at Colosse! As Jesus said (John 15:4-5), it is only when we abide in Him as branches in the vine that we can bear much fruit. Would we have been impatient, frustrated, angry, grumbling, or depressed if we had stopped to consider that Christ is living in us and we’re destined to share His glory? by Shawn Brasseaux “[I Paul] Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church.” Colossians 1:24 can be misread (misconstrued) to teach that the Lord Jesus did not suffer enough on Calvary’s cross. νῦν χαίρω ἐν τοῖς παθήμασιν ὑπὲρ ὑμῶν —“Now I rejoice in my sufferings for you.”. COLOSSIANS 1:24 AND PHILIPPIANS 3:10-11 Andrew Perriman There are two passages in the corpus of Paul’s letters where he speaks explicitly and personally about his sharing in the sufferings of Christ, viz. In Colossians 2:10, Paul says, “In Him you have been made complete.” He goes on to show that the death and resurrection of Christ resulted in all our sins being forgiven and in Christ’s complete victory over the powers of darkness. WHAT DOES COLOSSIANS 1:24 MEAN? So I don’t have an important role in the Lord’s work.”. A Lasting Legacy: Choosing A Wife For Isaac (Gen. 24:1-67). Colossians 1:28-29 KJV Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily. In Galatians 1:15, Paul says that God had set him apart from his mother’s womb. 5. There are two parts to this reading. In so doing, he shows us how we can serve Christ well in whatever He has given us to do for Him. Copyright, Steven J. Cole, 2015, All Rights Reserved. Maybe before this message, you didn’t even know you were enrolled in the course. If we really knew that the living Christ was in us this past week and that we will soon be with Him in glory, would things have gone any differently? We exalt Christ in our message when we proclaim that the glorious riches of the indwelling Christ are for every person from every race. 6. Colossians 1:24-28 NLT I am glad when I suffer for you in my body, for I am participating in the sufferings of Christ that continue for his body, the church. God has given me the responsibility of serving his church by proclaiming his entire message to you. The false teachers no doubt knew that Paul had trained Epaphras who had brought the gospel to them. It is the suggestion of this essay that they have not been properly understood. The word translated “afflictions” is not used elsewhere in the New Testament of Christ’s sacrificial sufferings for our salvation (J. But now you know. Wow, what a wonderful unfolding!!!! Christianity is not primarily rules or religious ideas; it’s a personal relationship with the living, indwelling Christ, who has called us to share His glory. In Revelation 6:9-11, the apostle John saw the martyrs in heaven, who were crying out, asking God how long would it be until their blood was avenged. The mystery description, title, means that it originated in the mind of God and He made it known as He saw fit, and man on his own could not obtain it (1 Cor. Aren't you and I blessed! Warning every man -- Caution, sounding the alarm! And how wonderful that God himself undertakes to make this change! 1:24 Rejoicing In Suffering. The way things are going in this country, we may soon get our turn. So the idea is, however God has gifted you, you will only fulfill your calling if you rely on the power of the Spirit and trust the Lord to accomplish His work through you. Paul says that the riches of the glory of the gospel is, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” I know that you all know that if you have believed in Jesus Christ, He dwells in you and you’re going to heaven. 3. Before his conversion Paul was at the forefront of perpetuating this discrimination. That’s how Paul became a minister of the gospel: he was not a volunteer for Jesus; he was a conscript! Colossians 1:24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake & in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is (3 SPAI) the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions. Lets notice the caution: 7. I think that is exactly what the words mean in Colossians 1:24 as well. of its meaning. Paul writes to the Colossians, pointing to His mission and source. We have the privilege of worshiping God with His people, in singing, listening to and discussing the revelation, take the Lord's supper, and lay by in store as we've been prospered each Lord's day. Colossians 1:28. In the Olivet Discourse, Jesus prophesied that before He returned, there would be a time of unprecedented suffering for His followers (Matt. But all these things they will do to you for My name’s sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me.”. In Romans 15:18-19, Paul refers to what Christ had accomplished through him in the power of the Spirit and then adds, “so that from Jerusalem and round about as far as Illyricum I have fully preached [or, ‘fulfilled’] the gospel of Christ.” In 2 Timothy 4:17, he tells how the Lord strengthened him “so that through me the proclamation might be fully accomplished.”. The Lord told them (Rev. D 1, E 1, F, G, with the Vulgate, and many of the Latin Fathers, prefix ὅς. Maybe you’re thinking, “Wow, I’m glad that the Lord hasn’t called me into the ministry!” But as I said, if you know Christ, He has called you into the ministry. Paul says, "I rejoice in my sufferings." In so doing, he shows us how we can serve Christ well in whatever He has given us to do for Him. But the man with one hid it and gave it back to the master. In Colossians 1:12-14, Paul makes it clear that in Christ we have an inheritance, we have been rescued from Satan’s domain of darkness and transferred to the kingdom of Christ, and we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. Colossians 1:24-29. And the church should be the place where those cultural walls of prejudice are torn down as a demonstration of the power of the gospel. But He suffered for the redemption of the church; we suffer on other accounts; for we do but slightly taste that cup of afflictions of which Christ first drank deeply. So even “one-talent Christians” should be vitally interested in the question, “How can I be a good minister or servant of Jesus Christ?” How can I serve Christ well? But also, Christ’s sufferings do not need completion in terms of propitiation, but rather in terms of propagation. But maybe you’re thinking, “Okay, but I’ve never been to seminary and I’m not a full time Christian worker as you are. We can know by faith that God will supply all our needs. He was made a minister, according to the dispensation of stewardship from God to assist these people and others. We exalt Him when we experience and proclaim that message. 6:11) to rest for a little while longer, “until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also.” So there is a sense in which Christ’s sufferings must be filled up or completed by His body, the church, before He returns. (NASB: Lockman)Greek: Nun chairo en tois pathemasin hu per humon, kai antanaplero ta hu steremata ton thlipseon tou Ch ristou en te sarki mou hu per tou somatos autou, o estin e ekklesia, What steps should we take? (NKJB) Lets notice his claims: 1. But beginning with verse 23, where we left off last week, the narration has changed to "I," "me," and "my." He was so glad that they had been enlightened, even though he was being made to suffer at the moment, remembering that Christ has suffered, too. Do we move and work excitedly, enthusiastically? Don’t follow a jailbird; follow us!”. Trinitarian theology views Colossians 1:15-18 as the creation of the universe by Jesus Christ as the second person of God in the trinity. These are termed the sufferings of Christ, 1st, Because the suffering of any member is the suffering of the whole, and of the head especially, which supplies strength, spirits, sense, and motion to all. His words give us a hint for how we can apply this short of being imprisoned or beaten or dying for our faith. Every Christian has been given spiritual gifts to use in serving the Master. I’m not gifted as an evangelist. It may not be a calling to preach God’s Word, as Paul’s calling was. 2:14). I can’t devote the time to serving the Lord that you do.” True, but the apostle Paul never went to seminary. Colossians 1:25: “Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, …” Twice (Col. 1:23, 25) Paul says that he was made or became a minister. Our Lord also told us (Matt. 80-81). Would we have grown cold in our devotion to Him and lacked the motivation to read His Word and to pray if we had felt the reality of Christ dwelling in our hearts and had our hope set on the glory ahead? But if that is Paul’s meaning, it is still difficult to apply to us American Christians because very few of us know what it means to suffer for the gospel of Christ. If that describes you, then you must be especially careful! How did you manage the money He allowed you to make? I don’t have millions of dollars to give to the Lord’s work. There was a waist-high wall of partition which separated them. Being a good minister may be interesting for seminary students or a group of pastors or missionaries, but what relevance does being a good minister have for those who are not in “full time” ministry? 2d, Because they are for his sake, for the testimony of his truth. Ἡμεῖς, we) Colossians 1:1 [I and Timothy].— πάντα ἄνθρωπον, every man) This expression, so often used, has the greatest δεινότης (vehemence) and force, and contains the reason why he writes even to them. Colossians 1:28-29 Theme: God gives us, in these two verses, a "mission statement" for our church's ministry. Colossians 1:24 can be misread (misconstrued) to teach that the Lord Jesus did not suffer enough on Calvary’s cross. 24 I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the [ a]stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, 26 the [ b]mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. Colossians 1:24: “Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I do my share on behalf of His body, which is the church, in filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions.” This is a difficult verse for two reasons: It’s difficult to explain and it’s difficult to apply. 27 To … But he supposes a great scientist or surgeon who has spent his life and ruined his health to find some cure for a disease. (NASB: Lockman)Greek: Nun chairo en tois pathemasin hu per humon, kai antanaplero ta hu steremata ton thlipseon tou Ch ristou en te sarki mou hu per tou somatos autou, o estin e ekklesia, 2:11-12) but "NOW" (Eph. 5:11-12): “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Eternity is a long time to be tormented; when we could be SURE of getting to eternal bless! Beloved, may we develop and maintain that attitude: be able to REJOICE when we know of others who have obeyed the gospel and are making progress! Now Paul applies this reconciliation to the Colossians, reminding them of their former alienation from God (Col. 1:21) and of the great price which Christ paid to reconcile us to God (Col. 1:22). Colossians 1:24-29 Paul writes to the Colossians, pointing to His mission and source. How should a new believer discover where God want him or her to serve? Because the church is His body, when any member suffers for His name, Jesus also suffers. But once he was saved, God revealed to him that the Gentiles are fellow-heirs of the gospel with the Jews. One day soon you will stand before the Lord for judgment of what you have done with what He entrusted to you (Rom. (by implication) to caution or reprove gently: -admonish, warn. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] After mentioning his work as a minister of the gospel in the previous verse, Paul now includes further detail about his efforts (Colossians 1:24–29). • Perhaps he means that God has somehow made the Good News accessible even to those who have not heard it preached. This is also part of what Paul means in Colossians 1:24 when he refers to this suffering taking place “for the sake of the body,” meaning the Body of Christ, the body of believers. Colossians 1:26-27: “that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”. Introduction. Count it a privilege that you have been considered worthy to suffer shame for Jesus’ name (Acts 5:41). Colossians 1:24-29. Initially, it sounds like he is diminishing the work of Jesus Christ on the cross. 24. Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church; 24. John Eadie's Commentary on Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians and Philippians. I can only work through verse 27 in this message. The passage we wish to examine is: Col. 1:24 "I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church, 25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, 26 the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. In our study of Paul’s letter to the Colossians we have already learned a few good and bad things about the church there. We can speak to our heavenly Father in prayer. But what should you do? He has called you to serve Him with whatever spiritual gifts, time, and resources He has entrusted to you. Grace and peace to … 29 To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily." COLOSSIANS 1:24. How wonderful to all. I know it, too. Do we, often? 8. 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