Reconciled

Scott Hoezee

Read: Colossians 1:21-23 He has now reconciled [you] in his body of flesh by his death. (v. 22) Paul told the Colossians that at one time they had been hostile to God. They had done “evil deeds.” Whoa! Seems a little harsh. Shouldn’t Paul save that kind of language for mass murderers and such? Were the ordinary Colossian Christians really that perverted before they embraced the gospel message? Spiritually speaking the answer is yes. There is no such thing as …

Fullness

Scott Hoezee

Read: Colossians 1:19-20 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell. (v. 19) As you read this in August, you likely are not thinking about Christmas. It*s a long way off in the year! Yet there is one Advent reality that we ought to savor all year long: the idea that somehow within the tiny confines of that feed bunk where Mary laid her infant child, the expanse of all the galaxies was present. Infinity fit …

Held Together

Scott Hoezee

Read: Colossians 1:17-18 In him all things hold together. (v. 17) “Everything seems to be falling apart!” All through history, and certainly in more recent times, people have found cause to make such a dire observation. It does not matter if it’s in the realm of domestic politics, international relations, or even within our families, sometimes things feel like they are rattling apart. There is no glue left to hold us together. The world seems to be going down the …

All Creation!

Scott Hoezee

Read: Colossians 1:15-16 All things were created through him and for him. (v. 16) With today’s verses, Paul began one of the most breathtaking portions of the whole Bible. In fact, Colossians 1:15-20 constitutes one long sentence in the original Greek. Paul is nearly breathless here! It’s like he could not get the words out fast enough as he issued one giant gush of enthusiasm for who Jesus Christ really was! And who is he really? Just a carpenter’s son …

The Light

Scott Hoezee

Read: Colossians 1:10-14 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness. (v. 13) “Well, when you put it that way . . . ” We have all used this common little expression. Maybe you are tempted to skip a program involving your niece at her school some afternoon. “It’s not that big a deal,” you say to your spouse. “It’s like a 20-minute program.” “Well, OK,” your spouse may reply, “if you don’t mind breaking a little girl’s heart, …

Filled with Wisdom

Scott Hoezee

Read: Colossians 1:9-10 . . . that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding. (v. 9) In the Bible there is knowledge and there is wisdom. Both are important for believers. Knowledge could be thought of as what you learn in school: facts, figures, and dates. Wisdom could be thought of as street smarts, the knack you acquire to get along in life from observing how stuff works. Knowledge is 2 …