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Colossians 1:1-2, Part C

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.

Colossians 1:1-2 NASB

Paul first says that his letter is addressed to the saints. The Bible refers to the redeemed of God as saints. Those who are in the household of God, whose sins are covered by the blood of Christ.

Men and woman like you and me. Once we were enslaved to sin. It bound us. The Law of God condemned us to death. Day by day we were perishing. We were dying. As each day went by we were getting closer and closer to God’s hot anger against our sinfulness. But we did not care. We kept on sinning.

Oh, but then God’s grace found us. We did not look for it and we certainly did not deserve it. But it found us nonetheless. The Holy Spirit made us alive. He filled our hearts with life. He started to renew our minds. And then for the first time, we saw the truth of our condition, we were lost and without hope. And we cried out in faith, “Jesus save me!”.You were once a sinner, but now you are a saint if Jesus is your one and only Savior. Saint describes your relationship to God. You are His. You are His saint. He has purchased you with His Son’s blood. With it He has written on your soul, saint.

We will relate to Him in one of these two ways. He will either see us as sinners or He will see us as His saints. Their is no third category. It’s one or the other.

Colossians 1:1-2, Part B

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother. To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.

Colossians 1:1-2 NASB

Paul goes on to mention Timothy in his introduction. Of Timothy we know from Acts 15 and 16 that Paul first met Timothy on his second missionary journey. The Scripture goes on to say that he was a believer from Lystra, whose father was a Greek and mother was Jewish Christian. Later Timothy would become one of the closest associates of Paul and would even oversee the church at Ephesus.

Paul calls Timothy something specific. He calls him, our brother. Paul might be an apostle, but that does not isolate him from those under his care. Paul is an apostle of Jesus Christ, true. But he is spiritually the brother of Timothy. Moreover, our brother means that both Paul and Timothy are the brothers to church that they write as well. All those who are in the church are by virtue of their adoption into the house hold of God their brothers.

It is sobering to know that regardless, of age, gender, role within the church, likes, dislikes, and even maturity in Christ, for those who have been saved by Christ, are all brothers and sisters. This should humble when pride sneaks in to undo unity.

Colossians 1: 1-2, Part A

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.

Colossians 1:1-2 NASB

Paul here gives his title. He is an apostle. The word in the Greek translates to “sent”. An apostle therefore is a sent one. But if Paul is an apostle, if he is sent, the question is begged who is he sent from? Again, he tells us. He is an apostle of Jesus Christ. Like the other apostles, Paul’s message is not of his own mind. His missionary journeys are not his own selfish attempts to promote his teaching. He comes not for his own fame. Nor does he come to make a living. No, his letter comes to the church at Colasse, because they are in Christ and Paul is sent of Christ.

This is why Paul can speak with such authority. Paul speaks not on his own behalf, but on the behalf of Christ, being sent of Christ. Paul is a herald of King Jesus. Proclaiming the message of the gospel. The gospel which God the Father decreed, God the Son accomplished, and God the Holy Spirit applies. This is the message Paul is sent to proclaim.

Paul is an apostle of Jesus Christ, the God-man. The One who is an exact representation of God the Father. God who became flesh and lived among us. Not only did He live among us, but died for the forgiveness of our sins. This is who sends Paul.

This being true, when we come to this letter we come to the very Word of God. And our hearts should receive it as such.

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