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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Growing in the Grace and Knowledge of Jesus

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But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and for ever. Amen (2 Peter 3:18).

Peter provided what he expected to be his final exhortation; he left a message ringing in the ears of all Christians: grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus. Growing in grace means dispensing with Neo-Stoic moralism and trusting in God and His strength; growing in knowledge goes well beyond grasping facts intellectually to something far more profound. We can choose grace in faith based in knowledge of Christ’s love or we can choose self-righteousness in moralism obsessed with rules; we cannot choose both!

Growing in the Grace and Knowledge of Jesus

Growing in the Grace and Knowledge of Jesus

 
 
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What Is the Afterlife?

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The question of what happens to us after we die has haunted mankind for millennia. Most recognize that there will be some sort of life after death. But what does life after death look like according to what God has made known in Scripture?

What Is the Afterlife?

What Is the Afterlife?
The Fundamentals

 
 
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What Is Salvation?

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Jesus saves!

We’ve all seen and heard that Jesus saves. But what does that mean? Why is it necessary for us to be saved? How did Jesus accomplish salvation for us?

What Is Salvation?

What Is Salvation?
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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The ONE Story

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The Scriptures tell the story of how the one God sought to reconcile with humanity, doing so through one Man so that we can all be one with God and with one another. That story is not yet finished; you have your role to play.

The ONE Story

The ONE Story
The ONE Story

 
 
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ONE Man

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God is one in relational unity and seeks unity with man His creation. But sin and death separated us from God. We couldn’t solve that problem; thanks be to God for the ONE Man who could.

ONE Man

ONE Man
The ONE Story

 
 
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Man’s Divergences From God’s Plan

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God has established His plan of salvation in Jesus and revealed it in the New Testament. Why are there so many variations?

The Plan of Salvation: Man’s Divergences from God’s Plan

Man’s Divergences From God’s Plan
God's Plan of Salvation

 
 
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Obey and Develop

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Have you believed, confessed, repented, and been baptized? Great! God’s plan for your salvation has not ended; it has just begun!

The Plan of Salvation: Obey and Develop

Obey and Develop
God's Plan of Salvation

 
 
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Be Baptized

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Throughout the New Testament baptism is the believer’s response to the message of the Gospel. Why is baptism such a crucial part of the plan of salvation?

The Plan of Salvation: Be Baptized

Be Baptized
God's Plan of Salvation

 
 
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