Colossians 1:9-10 - For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God…
3 ways that we can be fulfilled in Christ Alone
I. ____________ that you do not accept false teaching of any kind (v. 8)
Colossians 1:8 - …and he also informed us of your love in the Spirit.
A. The origin of false teaching will be human tradition rather than ______ and Christ
B. The content will not be ____________________ with the sufficiency, supremacy, and sovereignty of Christ
C. The motivation will serve ________ rather than Christ
II. Be __________________ in Christ and His Word in you (vv. 9-15)
A. Christ is __________ God (v. 9)
Colossians 1:9 - For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form
Philippians 2:6-8 - …who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
B. Christ made you ________________ in Him (v. 10)
1. By making us a part of the people of ______ (v. 11)
Colossians 2:11 - …and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ
1 Peter 2:9-10 - But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
2. By making us spiritually __________ (vv. 12-13a)
Colossians 2:12-13 - …having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him…
3. By __________________ our sin (v. 13b)
Colossians 2:13b - …having forgiven us all our transgressions…
4. By ____________________ our debts (v. 14)
Colossians 2:14 - …having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
5. By giving us ______________ over our enemies
Colossians 2:15 - When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.
III. ______________ the freedom you have in Christ alone (vv. 16-23)
A. We have freedom from _________________ (vv. 16-17, 20-22)
Colossians 2:16-17 - Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.
Colossians 2:20-22 - If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as, “Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!” (which all refer to things destined to perish with use)—in accordance with the commandments and teachings of men?
B. We have freedom from ________-___________________________ (vv. 18a, 23)
Colossians 2:18a - Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels…
Colossians 2:23 - These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence.
C. We have freedom from ___________________ (v. 18-19)
Colossians 2:18b-19 - …taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind, and not holding fast to the head, from whom the entire body, being supplied and held together by the joints and ligaments, grows with a growth which is from God.
Two Realities Regarding the Fulfillment that Mankind seeks…
1. We are prone to chase after the man-made/demonic inspired promises of “fulfillment”
a. Because we are…
i. Empty needing filled (v. 10, “we are full in Him”)
ii. Captive needing freedom (v. 8)
iii. Deceived needing truth (v. 8)
iv. Dead Producers of death meant to be producers of life (“circumcision.” v. 11)
The cutting away of the male foreskin on the reproductive organ was a graphic way to demonstrate that man needed cleansing at the deepest level of his being. No other part of the human anatomy so demonstrates that depth of sin, inasmuch as that is the part of man that produces life—and all that he produces is sinful. That is the biblical view. From the beginning, circumcision was used symbolically to illustrate the desperate need man had for cleansing of the heart. (John F. MacArthur Jr., Colossians, MacArthur New Testament Commentary, 106)
v. Judged criminals (decrees against us) needing pardon (v. 13)
vi. Out of control needing control (v. 23)
b. In our emptiness we grasp at a superior identity compared to another in hopes of fulfillment
i. Self-Righteousness (moral superiority to another, vv. 16–18, 20–23)
ii. False Worship (connection to a supposed “higher” but not highest being, v. 18)
iii. Mysticism (superior insight, v. 18)
iv. Or, _____________ ( You fill in the blank here with how you are attempting to find fulfilment/superiority in God’s and other’s sight…..)
v. THESE ARE OF NO VALUE (v. 23), SHADOWS compared to the reality casting the shadow.
vi. THESE ARE MAN MADE/ DEMONICALLY INSPIRED--“rulers and the authorities” –seeking to be God-like over others! (Gen 3—you shall be as god).
2. God offers Fullness Only in Christ Alone
a. Christ is the fullness of the one superior God over all (v. 9, 10)
b. As such, in Him, is the fullness of life (vv. 11-13)
i. A heart that is able to produce life instead of death (v. 11)
ii. A soul that has risen up to new life (v. 12)
iii. …on the grounds of forgiveness of our guilt (v. 13, 14)—the charges against us were nailed to the cross.
iv. The “fullness” of God’s righteousness is given to us in Christ (v. 10).
v. This is the only way to grow—attached to and nourished by Christ (v. 19)