The Song hidden in Colossians

—Part 3: “The Song of the Firstborn” Col 1:9–23

  • Andrew Fountain – Oct 9, 2016

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Truth that brings life

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord,

so walk in him, rooted and built up in him

and established in the faith (2:6–7)

…bearing fruit and growing (1:6)

Quick overview

From the bottom up:

4:2–18 Among outsiders

3:18–4:1 In our extended family

3:8–17 Among Christian Community

2:20–3:7 Inner Spiritual life

2:8–19 Core of the Truth: Union with Jesus

1:24–2:7 How this Truth comes to Us

1:9b-23 Jesus & the Big Picture

1:1–9a This Truth Changes Us

Colossians 1:9–23

  • Prayer to be “filled with the knowledge of his will… wisdom, and understanding” So our lives will be transformed [9–11]
    • Rescued us from old kingdom of slavery to new kingdom of love [12–14]
      • “The Song of the Firstborn” [15–20]
    • Reconciled us from sin and hostility to holiness & acceptance [21–22]
  • But stay anchored in the truth and not moved away [23]

Colossians 1:12–14

  1. who has made you sufficient to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light,
  2.       who has rescued us from the dominion of darkness
          and transferred us into the kingdom of his Son, the dearly loved one,
  3.       in whom we have redemption, the freeing from sins.

Colossians 1:21–22

  1. And you, who once were alienated
          and hostile in mind, [engaged] in evil deeds,
  2. now he has reconciled
          in his body of flesh through death
    so as to present you holy, and blameless,
          and above reproach before him,