Through Jesus, all things are reconciled to God. That doesn’t mean that all will be saved but that all are now savable. A believer who continually pursues Christ will grow and move toward maturity in Him. But some believers who ignore their need to mature will remain stagnant and immature. Paul’s passion is one we can embrace too: to see every believer presented as mature before Jesus.

Review the breathtaking portrait of Christ found in Colossians 1:15-18. Continue that description by reading 1:19-20. What is meant by the word, “fullness?” Compare Col. 2:9.

Read the controversial passage in 1:21-23. Explain why the phrase, “if indeed you continue” (1:23) is not a requirement for eternal life. What is Paul most likely talking about?

Take a brief aside to look at the subject of the judgment seat of Christ. What is it? Read the following verses for insights: Rom. 14:10-12, 2 Cor. 5:9-10 and 1 Cor. 3:11-15. How does the concept of Christ’s judgment of believers relate to Col. 1:21-23?

Most of us work to avoid suffering at any cost. How does God use suffering in our progress toward maturity? Read Col. 1:24-25. Why could Paul rejoice in his sufferings?

Paul was a man of intense purpose. Read Col. 1:28-29. Summarize Paul’s purpose in life. It’s clear he wanted to see believers grow in their faith. Do you see any connection between these verses and Col. 1:21-23? Explain.

Take a moment to describe your desire to influence others for Christ. What does your influence of others look like in your practical experience of life?

Further Reading

Courageous Authenticity

We may have several roles we play in society: as a spouse, a parent, or a co-worker, to name a few. At the same time, there are cultural standards for what it means to be “good” at the various roles we find ourselves in. But these cultural standards are sometimes in...

New Life in Jesus Christ

Practical Christian living is built on the foundation of theological truth. Because we know that Jesus was raised from the dead, our identification with Him becomes real. This should lead us to see things from God’s perspective and to put His priorities for us into...

Remember Who You Are

Compromise is everywhere. It’s a potential pitfall even for the most well-intentioned Christian. No wonder Paul reminds the Colossians to remember who they are in Christ. Affirming the life-changing benefits of a relationship with Jesus means we’re alert to even...

Look Out & Look Up

As we survey our current surroundings, we find a wealth of perspectives on “how the world works.” Which of these ideas we embrace will determine how we act and behave. The same was true in Colossians when Paul warned against “fine-sounding arguments” or “hollow and...

Jesus is the Point

It all points to Jesus. But for centuries Jesus has been a flashpoint for controversy. Some recognize Him for who He is while others reject Him outright. No single book of the Bible elevates and explains the person of Jesus quite like the Book of Colossians. And in...