what sharing Christ entails

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what sharing Christ entails

Colossians 1:24 -2:5 (JDV)

Colossians 1:24 Now I celebrate while I suffer for you, and I am finishing in my flesh the balance of Christ’s afflictions for his body, that is, the congregation.

Colossians 1:25 I have become its assistant, according to God’s business plan [1] that was given to me for you, to make the word of God fully known,

Colossians 1:26 the mystery hidden for ages [2] and generations but now revealed to his devotees.

Colossians 1:27 God wanted to make known among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

Colossians 1:28 We proclaim him, warning and teaching every human [3] with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ.

Colossians 1:29 I labor for this, striving with his strength that achieves [4] things powerfully in me.

Colossians 2:1 You see, I want you to know how greatly I am struggling for you, for those in Laodicea, and for all who have not seen me in person.

Colossians 2:2 I want their hearts to be encouraged and joined together in care, so that they may have all the riches of complete understanding and have the knowledge of God’s mystery – Christ.

Colossians 2:3 In him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Colossians 2:4 I am saying this so that no one will deceive you with arguments that sound reasonable.

Colossians 2:5 You see, I may be absent in body, but I am with you in breath, rejoicing to see how well ordered you are and the strength of your faith in Christ.

what sharing Christ entails

For Paul, each congregation of Christian believers is a part of his body – a manifestation of his presence. It is not a contradiction for that body to both suffer and celebrate, because Christ did both. Sharing Christ entails both.

Paul’s urge to proclaim Christ everywhere is also a part of that drive to share him. The mission of our covenant with Christ involves proclaiming the gospel and planting congregations everywhere, so that the whole world will get the chance to experience him – through us.

That drive to share Christ creates a tie with every congregation, even the ones we cannot be physically present in. Christianity is a global movement, making Christ known in local communities.

Lord, show us how to share you with everyone we can.

[1] οἰκονομία = business plan.
[2] αἰών = age.
[3] ἄνθρωπος = human. Colossians 1:28; 2:8, 22; 3:9, 23.
[4] ἐνεργέω = achieve.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at marmsky@gmail.com -- !
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