He is, He Has, We Must

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 12:08pm

He is.  Colossians 1:15-18

15 He is the exact image of the invisible God, the firstborn of creation, the eternal. 16 It was by Him that everything was created: the heavens, the earth, all things within and upon them, all things seen and unseen, thrones and dominions, spiritual powers and authorities. Every detail was crafted through His design, by His own hands, and for His purposes. 17 He has always been! It is His hand that holds everything together. 18 He is the head of this body, the church. He is the beginning, the first of those to be reborn from the dead, so that in every aspect, at every view, in everything—He is first. (The Voice)

He is - the exact image of God, the firstborn of creation, the Eternal.   Creator of all things, crafted through His design, for His purposes.  His hands hold all things together.  The Head of the church.  First to be reborn from the dead.  In all things, He is first.

Has has.  Colossians 1:12-14, 20-22

12 Thank You, Father, as You have made us eligible to receive our portion of the inheritance given to all those set apart by the light. 13 You have rescued us from dark powers and brought us safely into the kingdom of Your Son, whom You love 14 and in whom we are redeemed and forgiven of our sins [through His blood].

20 who, as predetermined by God, bled peace into the world by His death on the cross as God’s means of reconciling to Himself the whole creation—all things in heaven and all things on earth.  21 You were once at odds with God, wicked in your ways and evil in your minds; 22 but now He has reconciled you in His body—in His flesh through His death—so that He can present you to God holy, blameless, and totally free of imperfection. (The Voice)

He has made us eligible to receive our portion of the inheritance.  Resuced us from dark powers.  Brought us unto the light, into His Kingdom.  He has redeemed us and forgiven our sins through His blood.  Bled peace into the world by His death on the cross, reconciling to Himself all of creation.

We must.  Colossians 1:9-12, 23

Since the day we got this good news about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We ask:  Father, may they clearly know Your will and achieve the height and depth ofspiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 May their lives be a credit to You, Lord; and what’s more, may they continue to delight You by doing every good work and growing in the true knowledge that comes from being close to You. 11 Strengthen them with Your infinite power, according to Your glorious might, so that they will have everything they need to hold on and endure hardship patiently and joyfully. 12 Thank You, Father, as You have made us eligible to receive our portion of the inheritance given to all those set apart by the light.  

23 as long as you stay planted in the faith. So don’t venture away from what you have heard and taken to heart: the living hope of the good news that has been announced to all creation under heaven and has captured me, Paul, as its servant. (The Voice)

We might delight the Lord by doing every good work and growing in the knowledge that comes from being close to Him.  Stay planted in faith.  Don't venture away from what you have kaen in your hears.

These scriptures sum up a Christian's life, and their order is important.

We tend to think it's all about "I must" when it really has to start with "He is".  We have to understand and acknowledge who is in before we accept what He's done and what we must do in response.

If we jump to "I must" first, it becomes legalism.  If we only live on the truths of "He has", then we rely on His grace to take care of our sin which we continue to live in without giving it a second thought.  "It'd be ok..."  

We have to learn, understand, acknowledge, humble ourselves before God as the great I AM, Eternal One, All Powerful, All Knowing, Creator of All Things before we can grasp what He's done, why He's done it and how it changes the way we think and live our lives.

If you've lived as a Christian and you don't know Him even though you've gone through the motions, you should take another look at your position with Him.