The All-Surpassing Son

Colossians 1:15-20

What’s your View of Jesus?

The Firstborn

  • The identity of the Son
  • The meaning of firstborn
    • sometimes, the one born first
    • but usually, it’s the heir

The Firstborn of Creation

  • The image of the invisible God
    • humans created in the image of God
    • Jesus is the true image of God
  • This is reinforced in what follows
    • He created all things
    • all creation is for Him
  • The implications

The Firstborn of the Dead

  • He deals with human rebellion
  • He is the heir of the new creation
    • He is not just resuscitated
    • He brings in the resurrection (the new creation)
  • The implications

Who is Jesus?

  • It’s important to get this right
    • He’s more than a good moral teacher
    • He’s more than my personal servant
  • It’s important to submit to Him


Praying for the Kingdom

Colossians 1:1-14

If you could have one wish …

The Thanksgiving

  • A church they hadn’t visited
  • Yet, they know about
    • their faith
    • their love
    • their hope
  • And, they thank God
    • Ezekiel 36:25-27
    • Philippians 2:12-13

The Prayer

  • The knowledge of His will
    • not so much in individualistic term
    • but God’s purposes for and within His world
  • In all spiritual wisdom and understanding
    • knowing what the Bible says
    • and being transformed by that
  • That you may live a life worthy of the Lord – that is, that God may continue the work He has begun
    • bearing fruit in every good work
    • growing in the knowledge of God
    • being strengthened for endurance and patience
    • giving thanks to the Father – who
      • gives a share in the inheritance of the saint
      • rescues into His kingdom
      • provides redemption in Jesus
      • gives the forgiveness of sins

And so …


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