Colossians paints a beautiful picture of the sufficiency of Christ for salvation and the fullness of life believers have in Christ.
There was a mixing of religion in the Colossian church, with believers involved in other religious and cult practices. A false teaching had sprung within the church that faith in Christ alone was not enough for salvation. Paul’s letter to the Colossians was written to come against such wrong doctrine, as he proclaims that CHRIST IS ENOUGH.
What is seen of Christ:
Christ is seated at the right hand of God implying partnership and equality with the Father. He is labeled as the “Lord Christ” emphasizing His Lordship and ranking. The Kingdom of God belongs to the Son; indicating that He is the ruler of it. Christ is shown to be fully God and Head over all rule and authority. This includes the spiritual realm, the law and even over death.
Jesus was firstborn of creation and of the dead indicating that He was before all and the first to overcome death. It is by His resurrection that we are enabled to share in eternal life. We are also shown that Christ was the One that created all things, including those in the spiritual realm. So by “first born” Paul is not saying He was created but rather He is first in importance and was before all else.
Christ is preeminent (or over) everything. He is shown to be Head of the church/ body, above the angels and elemental spirits. He is the One that has the power to bring people into the Kingdom; not angels, spirits or any other being.
What we see we have in Christ:
Christ has all knowledge and wisdom and is the One that imparts to others. He does not hide this knowledge but has imparted to us what we need for salvation. The Father qualified them for the Kingdom of the Son. Christ also has all the power; He does the work. He chooses to work through our prayers not because He needs us but because He desires partnership with us. Praying to Jesus brings assurance of walking in the will of God; implying Christ brings about God’s will.
Living in Light of Christ’s Sufficiency:
3:1-4 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
The “put aways”:
3:5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
3:8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
3:11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.
The “put ons”:
3:12-17 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Christ is before all, above all, creator of all.
Jesus is enough!