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Colossians 1:18-19

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Jesus Christ, the Head and Beginning of the Church

Colossians 1:18-19

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Lesson Number 6

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. The Lord Jesus Christ is head of the Church.
  2. The Lord Jesus Christ is the beginning of the Church.
  3. The Lord Jesus Christ is the firstborn from the dead.
  4. The Lord Jesus Christ is fully God.

Practical Application

  1. Does Christ have pre-eminence in all my things?

Questions

  1. What is the great theme of Colossians?
  2. To what false teaching were the first century Colossian believers exposed?
  3. Who is the head of the Church? What does this mean practically?
  4. Is our Lord in His resurrected body today? When will believers have new bodies?
  5. Which two verses in Colossians declare that Jesus is fully God?

Answers

  1. The supremacy and all-sufficiency of Christ
  2. The teaching that held Christ was less than God, and that Christ was not supreme or all-sufficient.
  3. Christ, as head of the Church, has power, authority and control. The head of the Church is Christ, not some human leader. Local church leaders should look directly to Christ for their authority and direction. See Ephesians 1.22-23.
  4. Yes. At the Rapture
  5. Colossians 1:19 and 2:9

Discuss/Consider

  1. Discuss the raising of Lazarus and Jairus’ daughter. Were they resurrected before Jesus? Discuss the terms, “raised from the dead,” and “resurrected from the dead.”
  2. Discuss what happened to the saints in Matthew 27:52-53.

Challenge

  1. “Christ has pre-eminence in all things” Colossians 1:18. Each day as you awake, determine to make Christ pre-eminent in all things in your life. At the close of the day, recount what you did during the day that gave Him the pre-eminence. Were there areas in which you failed to make Christ number one? How could you have made Him supreme in those areas?

Key Verses

  • “He is the head of the body, the church.” Colossians 1:18
  • “For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell.” Colossians 1:19

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