- Life Stages
• (Intent: (A.) By repenting of your sins and putting your faith (trust) in Christ. Mk. 1:15, Acts 3:19, 20:21, Rom. 3:28. (B.) In response to repentance and faith, the Lord justifies the person, and the Holy Spirit (the Spirit of Christ, Rom. 8:9) enters the person, starting the sanctification process. This is more like the Lord accepting us; Christ is in control, and we are subservient. "Accepting Christ" gives the false impression we are in control and Christ is subservient.)
• (Intent: While the sanctification process lasts our entire life as we struggle against sin, our daily focus should be to make Christ the Lord (Master) over every area of our lives. Rom. 8:12-16.)
• (Intent: Paul wanted them to continue on “as they had received” and “as they had been taught.” The Greek word for received in Col. 2:6 is parlambano which means to receive with the mind the instruction of teachers. Paul didn’t want the believers to depart from the truth which their faith had been founded on and be taken captive by false teachings.)
• (Intent: If someone in your group was in the Rooted pilot, which was just completed, have them describe it briefly. Encourage members to consider taking Rooted, or you may want to discuss with your group doing it together.)
• (Intent: Paul is countering the heretical teaching in Colossae that attacked Jesus’ deity. The identification of Jesus as the Christ, the promised Messiah or Annointed One (Dan. 9:25-26), is not just a title but the designation of His identity as the Son of God and therefore the Lord. Lord is not used here as a title of respect such as calling someone “sir,” but the designation of His position as master because He is deity. The Greek definite article ton means “the” but it is specifically singular and masculine. This emphasizes Paul’s point (the Greek reads “Christ Jesus the Lord”). The statement means you received Christ Jesus, the one who is the Lord.)
• (Intent: “Praise completes the circle in which the blessings that flow to us from God return to Him in the form of our praise and adoration.” - John MacArthur)
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