Message Three: The All-inclusive Christ as the Mystery of God
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Scripture Reading: Col. 1:9, 12, 15-27; 2:2, 9, 16-17; 3:4, 10-11, 15-16
Col 1:9           Therefore we also, since the day we heard of it, do not cease praying and asking on your behalf that you may be filled with the full knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
Col 1:12         Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you for a share of the allotted portion of the saints in the light;
Col 1:15         Who is the image of the invisible God, the Firstborn of all creation,
Col 1:16         Because in Him all things were created, in the heavens and on the earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or lordships or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and unto Him.
Col 1:17         And He is before all things, and all things cohere in Him;
Col 1:18         And He is the Head of the Body, the church; He is the beginning, the Firstborn from the dead, that He Himself might have the first place in all things;
Col 1:19         For in Him all the fullness was pleased to dwell
Col 1:20         And through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross¡ªthrough Him, whether the things on the earth or the things in the heavens.
Col 1:21         And you, though once alienated and enemies in your mind because of your evil works,
Col 1:22         He now has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and without blemish and without reproach before Him;
Col 1:23         If indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast and not being moved away from the hope of the gospel, which you heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, of which I Paul became a minister.
Col 1:24         I now rejoice in my sufferings on your behalf and fill up on my part that which is lacking of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for His Body, which is the church;
Col 1:25         Of which I became a minister according to the stewardship of God, which was given to me for you, to complete the word of God,
Col 1:26         The mystery which has been hidden from the ages and from the generations but now has been manifested to His saints;
Col 1:27         To whom God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory,
Col 2:2           That their hearts may be comforted, they being knit together in love and unto all the riches of the full assurance of understanding, unto the full knowledge of the mystery of God, Christ,
Col 2:9           For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily,
Col 2:16         Let no one therefore judge you in eating and in drinking or in respect of a feast or of a new moon or of the Sabbath,
Col 2:17         Which are a shadow of the things to come, but the body is of Christ.
Col 3:4           When Christ our life is manifested, then you also will be manifested with Him in glory.
Col 3:10         And have put on the new man, which is being renewed unto full knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
Col 3:11         Where there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all and in all.
Col 3:15         And let the peace of Christ arbitrate in your hearts, to which also you were called in one Body; and be thankful.
Col 3:16         Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to God.
 
 
I.     Colossians reveals the all-inclusive Christ, the One who is both God and man—2:9:
Col 2:9           For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily,
A.     For Christ to be the Firstborn of both the original creation and the new creation means that He is all-inclusive—1:15, 18.
Col 1:15         Who is the image of the invisible God, the Firstborn of all creation,
Col 1:18         And He is the Head of the Body, the church; He is the beginning, the Firstborn from the dead, that He Himself might have the first place in all things;
B.     The all-inclusive Christ is the reality of every positive thing—2:16-17:
Col 2:16         Let no one therefore judge you in eating and in drinking or in respect of a feast or of a new moon or of the Sabbath,
Col 2:17         Which are a shadow of the things to come, but the body is of Christ.
1.      We need to enjoy Christ as the reality of all our necessities: our breath (John 20:22), drink (4:10, 14; 7:37-39a), food (6:35, 57), light (1:4; 8:12), clothing (Gal. 3:27), and dwelling place (John 15:5, 7a).
John 20:22     And when He had said this, He breathed into them and said to them, Receive the Holy Spirit.
John 4:10       Jesus answered and said to her, If you knew the gift of God and who it is who says to you, Give Me a drink, you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.
John 4:14       But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall by no means thirst forever; but the water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water springing up into eternal life.
John 7:37       Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.
John 7:38       He who believes into Me, as the Scripture said, out of his innermost being shall flow rivers of living water.
John 7:39a     But this He said concerning the Spirit, whom those who believed into Him were about to receive; …
John 6:35       Jesus said to them, I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall by no means hunger, and he who believes into Me shall by no means ever thirst.
John 6:57       As the living Father has sent Me and I live because of the Father, so he who eats Me, he also shall live because of Me.
John 1:4        In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
John 8:12       Again therefore Jesus spoke to them, saying, I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall by no means walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Gal 3:27         For as many as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
John 15:5       I am the vine; you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing.
John 15:7a     If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, …
2.      If we follow the practice of taking Christ as the reality of all the material things in our daily life, we will be full of Christ—Col. 3:4, 10-11, 15-16.
Col 3:4           When Christ our life is manifested, then you also will be manifested with Him in glory.
Col 3:10         And have put on the new man, which is being renewed unto full knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
Col 3:11         Where there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all and in all.
Col 3:15         And let the peace of Christ arbitrate in your hearts, to which also you were called in one Body; and be thankful.
Col 3:16         Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to God.
C.     The all-inclusive Christ is the preeminent One, the One who has the first place in everything; both in the old creation and in the new creation, both in the universe and in the church, Christ occupies the place of preeminence—1:18.
Col 1:18         And He is the Head of the Body, the church; He is the beginning, the Firstborn from the dead, that He Himself might have the first place in all things;
D.     The all-inclusive Christ is the centrality and universality, the center and circumference, of God’s economy—vv. 12, 15-27; Eph. 1:10:
Col 1:12         Giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you for a share of the allotted portion of the saints in the light;
Col 1:15         Who is the image of the invisible God, the Firstborn of all creation,
Col 1:16         Because in Him all things were created, in the heavens and on the earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or lordships or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and unto Him.
Col 1:17         And He is before all things, and all things cohere in Him;
Col 1:18         And He is the Head of the Body, the church; He is the beginning, the Firstborn from the dead, that He Himself might have the first place in all things;
Col 1:19         For in Him all the fullness was pleased to dwell
Col 1:20         And through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross¡ªthrough Him, whether the things on the earth or the things in the heavens.
Col 1:21         And you, though once alienated and enemies in your mind because of your evil works,
Col 1:22         He now has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and without blemish and without reproach before Him;
Col 1:23         If indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast and not being moved away from the hope of the gospel, which you heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, of which I Paul became a minister.
Col 1:24         I now rejoice in my sufferings on your behalf and fill up on my part that which is lacking of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for His Body, which is the church;
Col 1:25         Of which I became a minister according to the stewardship of God, which was given to me for you, to complete the word of God,
Col 1:26         The mystery which has been hidden from the ages and from the generations but now has been manifested to His saints;
Col 1:27         To whom God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory,
Eph 1:10        Unto the economy of the fullness of the times, to head up all things in Christ, the things in the heavens and the things on the earth, in Him;
1.      In God’s economy Christ is everything; God wants Christ and Christ alone—the wonderful, preeminent, all-inclusive Christ, who is all and in all—Matt. 17:5; Col. 3:10-11.
Matt 17:5       While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is My Son, the Beloved, in whom I have found My delight. Hear Him!
Col 3:10         And have put on the new man, which is being renewed unto full knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
Col 3:11         Where there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all and in all.
2.      God’s intention in His economy is to work the all-inclusive Christ into our being as our life and our everything that we may become the corporate expression of the Triune God—1:27; 3:4, 10-11.
Col 1:27         To whom God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory,
Col 3:4           When Christ our life is manifested, then you also will be manifested with Him in glory.
Col 3:10         And have put on the new man, which is being renewed unto full knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
Col 3:11         Where there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all and in all.
E.      The all-inclusive Christ dwells in us as our hope of glory—1:27:
Col 1:27         To whom God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory,
1.      We worship the enthroned Christ in the heavens, but we experience, enjoy, and partake of the indwelling Christ in our spirit; we are one with Him in a very subjective way—3:1; 1:27; 1 Cor. 6:17.
Col 3:1           If therefore you were raised together with Christ, seek the things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.
Col 1:27         To whom God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory,
1 Cor 6:17      But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit.
2.      The Christ who indwells us is the all-inclusive Christ—the One who is the image of the invisible God, the Firstborn of all creation, the Head of the Body, and the embodiment of the fullness of God—Col. 1:15-16, 18-19.
Col 1:15         Who is the image of the invisible God, the Firstborn of all creation,
Col 1:16         Because in Him all things were created, in the heavens and on the earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or lordships or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and unto Him.
Col 1:18         And He is the Head of the Body, the church; He is the beginning, the Firstborn from the dead, that He Himself might have the first place in all things;
Col 1:19         For in Him all the fullness was pleased to dwell
F.      The all-inclusive Christ is our life—3:4:
Col 3:4           When Christ our life is manifested, then you also will be manifested with Him in glory.
1.      The expression our life is a strong indication that we are to experience the all-inclusive Christ.
2.      Because Christ is our life, all He has and all He has attained and obtained become subjective to us—Rom. 8:34, 10.
Rom 8:34       Who is he who condemns? It is Christ Jesus who died and, rather, who was raised, who is also at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.
Rom 8:10       But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the spirit is life because of righteousness.
G.     The all-inclusive Christ is the unique constituent of the one new man—Col. 3:10-11:
Col 3:10         And have put on the new man, which is being renewed unto full knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
Col 3:11         Where there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all and in all.
1.      The content of the church as the new man is Christ alone; in the new man there is room only for Christ.
2.      In the church as the new man we are in Christ, through Christ, and unto Christ, and we subsist in Christ to be God’s expression in Christ—1:16-17.
Col 1:16         Because in Him all things were created, in the heavens and on the earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or lordships or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and unto Him.
Col 1:17         And He is before all things, and all things cohere in Him;
H.     We should estimate and evaluate everything according to the all-inclusive Christ—2:8:
Col 2:8           Beware that no one carries you off as spoil through his philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the elements of the world, and not according to Christ;
1.      Christ is the governing principle of all genuine wisdom and knowledge, the reality of all genuine teaching, and the only measure of all concepts acceptable to God.
2.      Only when we have a clear view of the place of the all-inclusive Christ in God’s economy will we be able to see through delusion and deception.
I.       The will of God is that the all-inclusive Christ be our portion; God’s will is that we know Christ, experience Christ, enjoy Christ, be saturated with Christ, and have Christ become our life and person—1:9; 3:4.
Col 1:9           Therefore we also, since the day we heard of it, do not cease praying and asking on your behalf that you may be filled with the full knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
Col 3:4           When Christ our life is manifested, then you also will be manifested with Him in glory.
J.       We need to be infused, saturated, and permeated with the all-inclusive Christ until in our experience He is everything to us—1:27; 2:16-17; 3:4, 10-11:
Col 1:27         To whom God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory,
Col 2:16         Let no one therefore judge you in eating and in drinking or in respect of a feast or of a new moon or of the Sabbath,
Col 2:17         Which are a shadow of the things to come, but the body is of Christ.
Col 3:4           When Christ our life is manifested, then you also will be manifested with Him in glory.
Col 3:10         And have put on the new man, which is being renewed unto full knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
Col 3:11         Where there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all and in all.
1.      The all-inclusive Christ is in us, but we need to see Him, know Him, be filled with Him, be saturated with Him, and be absolutely one with Him.
2.      We should allow the all-inclusive Christ to fill our whole being and to replace our culture with Himself—Eph. 3:17a; Col. 3:10-11:
Eph 3:17a      That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith, …
Col 3:10         And have put on the new man, which is being renewed unto full knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
Col 3:11         Where there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all and in all.
a.      The more Christ replaces our natural life and culture with Himself, the more we will be able to declare, “To live is Christ”; to us, to live will be the Christ who takes full possession of us, occupies us, and fills us with Himself—Phil. 1:21a.
Phil 1:21a       For to me, to live is Christ …
b.      The all-inclusive Christ desires to replace every element of our natural life and culture with Himself so that we may be the one new man as His corporate expression—Col. 3:10-11.
Col 3:10         And have put on the new man, which is being renewed unto full knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
Col 3:11         Where there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free man, but Christ is all and in all.
 
II.   The all-inclusive Christ is the mystery of God—2:2:
Col 2:2           That their hearts may be comforted, they being knit together in love and unto all the riches of the full assurance of understanding, unto the full knowledge of the mystery of God, Christ,
A.     The mystery of God preached by the apostle Paul (1 Cor. 2:1) is the mystery hidden in the depths of God; this mystery is the intrinsic reality of the complete gospel of God (Eph. 6:19).
1 Cor 2:1        And I, when I came to you, brothers, came not according to excellence of speech or of wisdom, announcing to you the mystery of God.
Eph 6:19        And for me, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known in boldness the mystery of the gospel,
B.     The mystery of God—the all-inclusive Christ—is the definition, explanation, and expression of God—the Word of God; embodied in and expressed through Christ is all that God is and has—John 1:1; Rev. 19:13; Col. 2:2-3.
John 1:1        In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Rev 19:13      And He is clothed with a garment dipped in blood; and His name is called the Word of God.
Col 2:2           That their hearts may be comforted, they being knit together in love and unto all the riches of the full assurance of understanding, unto the full knowledge of the mystery of God, Christ,
Col 2:3           In whom all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden.
C.     The word mystery in Colossians 2:2 may be interpreted as meaning “story”:
Col 2:2           That their hearts may be comforted, they being knit together in love and unto all the riches of the full assurance of understanding, unto the full knowledge of the mystery of God, Christ,
1.      As the mystery of God, the all-inclusive Christ is the history of God; the whole “story” of God is in Christ and is Christ, and all that God intends to do is related to Christ—John 1:14; 1 Cor. 15:45b; Rev. 4:5.
John 1:14       And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us (and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only Begotten from the Father), full of grace and reality.
1 Cor 15:45b  … the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit.
Rev 4:5          And out of the throne come forth lightnings and voices and thunders. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God;
2.      Christ is not only God Himself—He is also God’s history; God’s history refers to the process through which He has passed so that He may dispense Himself into His chosen people—John 1:14; 1 Cor. 15:45b; Eph. 3:16-17a.
John 1:14       And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us (and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only Begotten from the Father), full of grace and reality.
1 Cor 15:45b  … the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit.
Eph 3:16        That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit into the inner man,
Eph 3:17a      That Christ may make His home in your hearts through faith, …
3.      As the embodiment of God, the effulgence of God’s glory, and the impress of God’s substance, Christ, the mystery of God, His story, defines, explains, and expresses God—Heb. 1:1-3; Col. 2:2.
Heb 1:1          God, having spoken of old in many portions and in many ways to the fathers in the prophets,
Heb 1:2          Has at the last of these days spoken to us in the Son, whom He appointed Heir of all things, through whom also He made the universe;
Heb 1:3          Who, being the effulgence of His glory and the impress of His substance and upholding and bearing all things by the word of His power, having made purification of sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
Col 2:2           That their hearts may be comforted, they being knit together in love and unto all the riches of the full assurance of understanding, unto the full knowledge of the mystery of God, Christ,
4.      Since Christ is the mystery of God, if we know Christ, we know God; however, if we do not know Christ, we do not have the way to know God.
5.      Only those who have seen Christ as the mystery of God can know God and the eternal purpose of God—v. 2; Eph. 3:9, 11.
Col 2:2           That their hearts may be comforted, they being knit together in love and unto all the riches of the full assurance of understanding, unto the full knowledge of the mystery of God, Christ,
Eph 3:9          And to enlighten all that they may see what the economy of the mystery is, which throughout the ages has been hidden in God, who created all things,
Eph 3:11        According to the eternal purpose which He made in Christ Jesus our Lord,
 
 
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