Moving Toward Maturity
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?
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