Transformed by Christ Alone
- The New Testament book of Colossians was written by the Apostle Paul
- The audience for the book was both the church at the town of Colossae and the church at Laodicea (Colossians 4:16). Because it is preserved inspired Scripture—we are the audience today!
- Colossae is located in SW Central-ish modern day Turkey
- Colossae was a part of a tri-city community within about 30 minutes of one another in a Turkish valley—Colossae, Laodicea, and Hierapolis. These cities are mentioned in Colossians 4:13 and other New Testament passages.
- Paul had not personally visited the New Testament believers in these places
- He was writing to reinforce and exalt the cosmic solution to the cosmic problem—Christ alone.
- While the specific circumstances are different, His letters to the Galatians, Ephesians, and Philippians share the same theme—Christ alone.
“What have we then nothing to do? No Nothing!! Accept of Him who of God is made unto us wisdom and righteousness and sanctification and redemption”-Luther, preface of his commentary on Galatians
Colossians 1:6, 14 - …the gospel which has come to you….and (you) understood the grace of God in truth…in Him we have redemption the forgiveness of sins.
Four transformations that personally understood forgiveness in Christ alone brings to our souls. The question is do we see these transformations in our life in an increasing way and if not why not?
I. ___________________—from love of self to love of others
Colossians 1:4 - Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love that you have for all the saints.
Colossians 1:6, 10 - …bearing fruit…bearing fruit in every good work
The apostle Paul in the books of Colossians, Galatians, Ephesians and Philippians often means by the term “fruit”—a transformed response to the relationships where kindness and goodness prevails.
Galatians 5:22 - But the fruit of the spirit is love…
Ephesians 5:9 - For the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth…
Philippians 1:11 - Having been filled with the fruit of righteousness…
You cannot be both resting in the Gospel and unloving to another at the same time. These are irreconcilable states.
II. ______________—living for another rather than self
Colossians 1:9 - …so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord to please Him in all respects.
Colossians 1:13 - He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.
A true reflection on the Gospel at conversion or in your daily life recognizes that living for self is a dark, enslaving, destructive lifestyle. This is why Gospel-centered living will reject living for self and choose a life-filled and light-filled purpose—living for their Savior and new king.
Colossians 1:11 - …for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience…
Ephesians 4:14 - As a result we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, be craftiness in deceitful scheming.
Colossians 1:11-12 - …for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.