The Glorious Christ

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Paul had never met the Colossian Christians but had heard good things about them and their faith. He wrote to encourage them to stand firm in their faith, for they had believed in the Gospel of the glorious Christ, Jesus of Nazareth, the image of the invisible God, who secured redemption for the whole cosmos.

The Glorious Christ

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the saints and faithful brethren in Christ that are at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.

We give thanks to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, having heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have toward all the saints, because of the hope which is laid up for you in the heavens, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel, which is come unto you; even as it is also in all the world bearing fruit and increasing, as it doth in you also, since the day ye heard and knew the grace of God in truth; even as ye learned of Epaphras our beloved fellow-servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.

For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray and make request for you, that ye may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, to walk worthily of the Lord unto all pleasing, bearing fruit in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to the might of his glory, unto all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks unto the Father, who made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love; in whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of our sins:

who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; for in him were all things created, in the heavens and upon the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have been created through him, and unto him; and he is before all things, and in him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it was the good pleasure of the Father that in him should all the fulness dwell; and through him to reconcile all things unto himself, having made peace through the blood of his cross; through him, I say, whether things upon the earth, or things in the heavens.

And you, being in time past alienated and enemies in your mind in your evil works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and without blemish and unreproveable before him: if so be that ye continue in the faith, grounded and stedfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel which ye heard, which was preached in all creation under heaven; whereof I Paul was made a minister (Colossians 1:1-23)

The Glorious Christ
Paul's Letter to the Colossians

 
 
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What Is the Resurrection?

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It’s a savage irony: the resurrection is the fundamental of the Christian faith according to the Apostles and early Christians, yet in the 21st century, it has become quite poorly understood and rarely discussed. Everything about Christianity depends on the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, Jesus’ continual Lordship in the resurrection body, and the hope of bodily resurrection for the believer.

What Is the Resurrection?

What Is the Resurrection?
The Fundamentals

 
 
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What is Faith?

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Christianity is considered a “faith.” Within Christianity and society we hear a lot of talk about “faith.” Is faith incompatible with science and other disciplines? What is the faith? What about our faith? Join us as we discuss faith as category, object, and subject.

What is Faith?

What is Faith?
The Fundamentals

 
 
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Should the Church Change With the Times?

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Life in the early 21st century is all about change. Technology changes; life patterns change; everything seems to be changing. But should the church change? Has its origin, nature, purpose, assembling, etc. become irrelevant, or should we stand firm and uphold the ancient faith? Please consider the following message from Dr. Wayne Byrd.

Should the Church Change With the Times?

 
 
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Mary, Mother of Jesus

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Mary, mother of Jesus. A compelling figure, one thoroughly distorted over time. Can we separate fact from fiction and recover a realistic portrait of the mother of the Son of God?

Mary, Mother of Jesus

Mary, Mother of Jesus
Jesus' Female Followers

 
 
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Who Is Jesus?

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Jesus of Nazareth: who is He? Where did He come from? What is He all about? These questions proved acute in the first century; they remain with us ever since. What can we know about the Jesus who was, is, and is to come in the midst of all the noise?

Who Is Jesus?

Jesus Confronts His Opponents

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As Son of God and Son of Man Jesus was inevitably going to face opposition. He received it from all sides. How He confronted His opponents, responding to challenges and challenging in turn, is instructive for Christians to this day.

Jesus Confronts His Opponents

Jesus Confronts His Opponents
Jesus the Master Teacher

 
 
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Jesus Trains His Disciples

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Jesus spent the last three years of His life on earth on a mission. He would seek and save the lost of Israel, yes, but He poured Himself into training the Twelve. What are we to make of it?

Jesus Trains His Disciples

Jesus Trains His Disciples
Jesus the Master Teacher

 
 
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Love the Brotherhood

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Peter speaks of Christians as in exile in 1 Peter. What does life look like as an exile? Its primary feature is love for one another, for we are the ones who are there for each other and who will endure.

Love the Brotherhood

Seeing ye have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth unto unfeigned love of the brethren, love one another from the heart fervently (1 Peter 1:22).

Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king (1 Peter 2:17).

Above all things being fervent in your love among yourselves; for love covereth a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8).

Love the Brotherhood
Sojourn and Exile

 
 
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Judas Iscariot

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Judas Iscariot, infamous for having betrayed the Lord Jesus. A greedy thief, indeed, but a monster? What do we learn of Judas in Scripture?

Judas Iscariot

Giotto - Scrovegni - -31- - Kiss of Judas

Judas Iscariot
The Apostles

 
 
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