Colossians is one of my favorite books of the New Testament. I’m not just saying that because I was asked to write about it; I truly enjoy the theology that Paul uses here. The problem with writing about this book is I don’t really feel up to the task. I don’t know if I have the right words to get what’s in my head onto “paper.”
But that’s what Paul is trying to teach in this letter isn’t it? I don’t have the right words, my thoughts don’t always come out the best way possible. That’s why he taught that our life isn’t really our own.
This is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory. – Colossians 1:27
It’s Christ in me that gives me the hope of glory, but Paul doesn’t stop there.
We are writing to God’s holy people in the city of Colosse, who are faithful brothers and sisters in Christ. – Colossians 1:2
It’s not just Christ in me, but me in Christ. Let’s take it even a step further.
For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3:3
It’s not just Christ in me, me in Christ, but also Christ in God.
Think about how that really looks. When I read these verses, I think of Matryoshka dolls, those little Russian nesting dolls. You take one out and there’s another inside a little smaller, and then another a little smaller, and another, until you get to the last one.
Louie Giglio once did an amazing sermon called the “Tupperware Gospel” in which he stacked multiple tupperware’s together, each one had written on it either God, Jesus, or you. And once they were all stacked together, you could no longer make out the “you.” All you could see was God and Jesus.
Image how powerful that really is: as a Christian we are not called to stand by ourselves. We are literally entwined in the person of God and Christ. Our power is, thankfully, not our own but His. Who or what could ever prevail against us?!?
- “I’m not good enough to proclaim the message of the gospel.” Christ in you
- “No one will take me seriously when I want to tell them about Jesus.” You in Christ
- “I can never be good enough for God.” Christ in you, you in Christ, all wrapped up in God
Go and make disciples who make disciples. Live your life by faith because you have everything you could ever need in Christ.