Christ is the image of the invisible God by whom and for whom all things were created (1:15-16). In Him, all the fullness of the Deity dwells in bodily form (1:15, 19; 2:9), and He sustains the entire cosmos (1:16-17). Paul redefines the terms used by the Colossian heretics by arguing that only in Christ can one discover the true gnosis (knowledge) and pleroma (fullness); in Him are hidden “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (2:3). He is the source of redemption and reconciliation to God (1:14, 20-22; 2:11-15), and He is the all-sufficient Savior of those who know Him (1:28; 2:10; 3:1-4). Christ is the “head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything” (1:18).
READING of COLOSSIANS 4
Lord, may I conduct myself with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. May my speech always be with grace, so that I will know how I should respond to each person.
Meditation passage for today: verses 2-6
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