Saturday, September 22, 2012

Preaching on Colossians 1:19-20 Tomorrow

Monroe County

Tomorrow at Redeemer I'm preaching on Colossians 1:19-20. These last two verses complete the great, exalted Christological worship song that was sung in the early church. These lyrics were ancient versions of "How Great Thou Art" and "How Great Is Our God."

Verses 19-20 read:

For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

Verses like Col. 1:19 set off the "Christological controversies" of the first five centuries that dealt with the nature of Christ as divine and human. I'll be saying some things about this tomorrow, hopefully so people can understand!

It's important to understand the nature of Christ. I like how John Piper expresses this:

“There is no more important issue in life than seeing Jesus for who he really is and savoring what we see above all else.” (John Piper, in Putting Jesus in His Place: The Case for the Deity of Christ, Bowman and Komaszewski, 73)

Tomorrow I am expecting we will have greater revelation of the Real Jesus.