Bible Studies For Life
February 5, 2012
Claud Williams, pastor
Boxley Baptist, Ponca
When you read our text for this lesson in Colossians 1, it readily gives the message that Christ is the center of all.
The little word “all” is written in the King James Version of the Bible 11 times here in our text. Each time it refers to what a believer can find in Christ, who is our “all in all.”
In the text, Paul prays for the believers to be filled with “all wisdom and spiritual understanding.” He wants them to be strengthened with “all might,” which can only come through Christ. He continues to talk about Christ being the Creator of “all things” and through Him “all things” are held together. Finally, Paul reminds us that in Christ “all fullness” dwells.
It is not easy, but it is doable making Christ our “all in all.” I think most, if not all, of us begin our walks with Christ with a commitment to give Him all of our lives, all of our hearts, all of our homes, all of our marriages and even all of our children.
But sometimes the pull of our world takes parts of our lives away from Christ. It is then we must repent and return to our Lord with all of our being. He promises to receive us back.
Regardless of whether or not I make Christ the center of my life and my “all,” this passage clearly shows me that He is the center of everything.
He is the One who redeems us through His blood. He is the image of the invisible God. Christ’s likeness to God is so perfect that it provides us with a final revelation of God. He created and sustains “all things.” He is the Head of the church, the Savior of the Body of Christ and in Him “all fullness” dwells.
When one of our boys was little, I bought him a bag of Gummi Bears candy. I only let him have part of the bag to eat. He was not content, though, to settle for just part; he wanted it all.
Because I was his dad, I could give him his wish, which I did. It is the same with Christ; we need only to ask Him!