Monday, 26 September 2011
Colossians 1:24-2:5 Preview: Paul’s heart…and mine
As we begin to study our next section of Colossians, we’ll notice right away the shift in pronouns. Paul’s no longer talking about “him” (Jesus Christ), or “you” (the Colossians), but “I” (Paul himself). In fact the words I, me, or my occur fourteen times in our passage for the week.
You may be thinking, What could Paul’s example possibly mean to me?
That’s what I want to talk about in this post, so we’ll be motivated to dig in.
I’m not like Paul. I could come up with a long list of ways I’m not like Paul. I’m sure you could, too.
- I’m not a man
- I’m not an apostle
- I’m not called to be an itinerant preacher/evangelist
So how am I supposed to relate to this part of my Bible? Is this just an academic exercise to help me understand some early church history? Is it a spiritual accomplishment for me to read every page of my Bible, including this one, without leaving any out?
Well, it is good to understand early church history. We certainly are going to look at these words to gain an accurate account of Paul’s actions. History is full of lessons that inform our present lives. Biblical history even more so for Christians. But this is more than a history lesson.
We are going to see into Paul’s heart and find a link to our own hearts.
What do Paul and I have in common? Simply this–Christ. The same Christ that is in him is in me. The same Christ who
- saved Paul, saved me
- transformed Saul to Paul, transformed me
- called Paul to be an apostle, called me to be a ______________
- entrusted Paul with the gospel, has entrusted me with the exact same gospel.
So as we make our way through this rich section, learn more about Christ by seeing Christ in Paul. See Paul’s heart, his sufferings, his servant-hood, his struggle against false teachers. Then ponder how Christ is producing a similar heart in you today.
To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27