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2. God the Son

The Master's Instructions about Himself. Colossians 1:9-2:10.

Paul wrote about Jesus Christ as if he had known Him for years on this earth. In fact he had only briefly met the risen Lord while on a journey to Damascus. When he asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’ he was told, ‘I am

Jesus, Whom you are persecuting’ (Acts 9:5). That was his first

encounter with Jesus, but not his last. The rest of his life was spent in praising God for his knowledge of Jesus Christ, and pursuing God for a greater knowledge of Him. He was very concerned that the people he led to faith

in Jesus Christ should also grow in their knowledge of God. In beginning

his letter to the Colossians, Paul links God the Father and God the Son.

He says that God is ‘the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ’ (1:3), God is the

founder of ‘the kingdom of the Son He loves’ (1:13), and that ‘God was

pleased to have all His fullness dwell in [Jesus Christ] (1:19). A true

Christian knows Jesus Christ as God’s only begotten Son.

Jesus Christ is God’s Son (Colossians 1:3, 13)

The Father’s voice from heaven said, ‘This is my Son,’ immediately after

Jesus was baptised (Matthew 3:17). Peter spoke up that he believed

Jesus to be ‘the Christ, the Son of the living God’, after the Father

revealed the truth to him (Matthew 16:16). He had lived with Jesus –

watching Him and listening to Him, wondering about Him and learning from

Him. A Roman centurion who watched Jesus die on Calvary’s cross

exclaimed, ‘Surely He was the Son of God’ (Matthew 27:54). From before

the creation of the world, through the time He was conceived in Mary by

the Holy Spirit; through His crucifixion to His crown in glory now, Jesus

Christ is God’s Son.

Jesus Christ is the image of God (Colossians 1:15)

God expressed Himself to the human race in a form that we could

understand. Jesus Christ as a man is God’s expression of Himself to us.

We receive an unmistakable impression of what God is like, what He does,

what He wants, Who He is and how He acts, when we look at Jesus Christ.

Jesus is the Son Who shows His Father’s characteristics because the

fullness of God lives in Him. We cannot see Him as Peter did, nor as the

centurion did, nor probably as Paul did, but Jesus did promise that the

one who believes will be blessed (John 20:29).

Jesus Christ is the Creator of the world (Colossians 1:16-17)

What is true of everything else in the world around us is not true of

Jesus Christ. He is not a creation of God. He is God the Creator. He

was before all things and He is the beginning of all things. He was present

at creation. Genesis 1:26 records God saying, ‘Let Us make man in Our

image, in Our likeness’ (italics mine). John said that nothing that has been

made has been made without Him.

Jesus Christ is also the power of creation. His word once created

something out of nothing and His will now keeps all things from becoming

nothing again. What a comforting thought, to think that He who made all

things now promises to make all things new in the life of any believer.

Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church (Colossians 1:18-21)

His resurrection leads to our regeneration. Although we were in a state

of alienation from God, because of our sin, we can now live in

reconciliation with Him because of our Saviour. Christ took our sin onto

His body and saved us with His blood. His propitiation made peace with

God for us.

All men and women who are born again belong to His church. He is our

Head and we make up His body. He expresses Himself through our hands

and our hearts. We express ourselves to Him by our worship and witness.

If I am born of God, then Jesus Christ, God’s Son, is my Saviour. I must

learn to receive Christ Jesus as Lord and be rooted and built up in Him.

It is not sufficient to become a Christian. I must also be a Christian. The

resources I need are all in Christ and Christ now lives in me.

Discussion guide on ‘God the Son’

Read Colossians 1:9-2:10.

1. Discuss briefly how anyone can “grow in the knowledge of God”, 1:10

2. What fundamental change has occurred in the Christian, according

to 1:13-14? Share ideas on what this means in everyday life.

3. How many facts about God the Son can you find in verses 1:15-23 ?

Perhaps you can make two lists:

What God the Son is and What God the Son does

(There are at least 8 facts).

4. Now put all of those Bible quotations, from your lists, into your own

words, trying to express exactly what the Bible means about God

the Son.

5. Humankind was created in the image of God, Genesis 1:2,6-27.

God the Son was born as “the image of the invisible God”,

Colossians 1:15.

What does this tell you about the kind of life Christians should

lead in order to be what we are made by God to be?

6. “Christ is the mystery of God, in Whom are hidden all the treasures

of wisdom and knowledge”, Colossians 2:2-3. Why is it vitally

important to learn as much as we can about Jesus Christ?

7. Put Colossians 2:9 into your own words, being very careful not to

change the meaning of the text. Share it with other class members

for their comment.


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