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Devotion - November 21, 2019

Colossians 1:11-20


11May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully 12giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.


The Supremacy of Christ


15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; 16for in him all things in heaven and on earth were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or powers—all things have been created through him and for him. 17He himself is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18He is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that he might come to have first place in everything. 19For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.


Devotion by Anne Mooney


This scripture is part of a letter written by Paul and Timothy to a church in Colossae that had been started by a missionary named Epaphras. Epaphras had reported that some of the people in this church had taken an interest in what could be considered false teachings, so Paul and Timothy were writing to encourage the Colossians to follow the way of Christ.



At first Paul offers prayers supporting the Colossians and praying that their faith be strong. Then he goes on to describe many attributes of Christ. He outlines who Christ is and how he is God’s son who came to give us power, rescue us from darkness and restore our relationship with each other and with God.


Paul speaks with confidence. He lays a foundation for the Colossians teaching them about the reconciling power of God, made known to us in Christ. Paul trusts that God has sent his son to show us how to live together in peace. We don’t need to let false teachings distract us from the authority of Christ. Imagine that, Paul fully expects Christ’s transforming power to be there for him, and for the Colossians no matter what they face. Paul was confident because he knew from experience how God reached out to him through Jesus to change Paul’s life. Paul wants the Colossians (and us) to have the same confidence.


Prayer


Dear God, Thank you for sending your son, Jesus, to show us your way and your glory. We can live lives with confidence and faith that you will sustain us and guide us through this journey we call life. Amen



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