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Scripture Reading: Colossians 1:13-20

In Him All the Fullness Dwells



1.  Pride prevents many souls from believing and following Jesus Christ.   

  a.  No doubt that God has given human beings great position and power; ought to compel faith and humility, Gen. 1:26; Psa. 8:4-8.

  b.  Pride elevated Adam and Eve in the garden, and ever since it has been a deadly weapon in Satan’s arsenal against us to hinder and destroy faith and righteousness.

2.  Col. 1:18-19: The preeminence of Christ is the theme of Colossians. He is complete (full) in every way.

3.  Christ’s preeminence and fullness compel us to totally surrender to Him: “I surrender all” (Lk. 6:46; 18:28).


I.  THE FULLNESS OF DEITY, Col. 1:15; 2:9; Heb. 1:3.

  -I surrender all: John 20:28

  A.  By Faithfully Worshiping Him, Jno. 4:23-24.

    1.  Out of godly fear, Psa. 5:7. This must cause us to shed the notion of casualness when we worship; we are before the Great Almighty God!

    2.  Due to God’s attributes and actions, Psa. 138:1-3.

  B.  Worship must be a Priority to Us Wherever We Are. Psa. 122:1

    1.  At home…on vacation…business…, Acts 20:7.

    2.  With whom we worship also makes a difference. (Disciples)

      a.  Issue of primary fellowship, cf. 2 Jno. 9-11.

      b.  Issue of influence that can cause others to stumble, cf. Gal. 2:13.


II. THE FULLNESS OF POWER, Col. 1:15-18 (Matt. 28:18; 1 Cor. 15:27).

  -I surrender all: Col. 3:17

  A.  Over all Creation, 1:15-16; Jno. 1:1-3.

    -Demands our faith, Heb. 11:3, 6.

  B.  Over all the Forces of the Spirit and Material Worlds, 1:16-17; cf. Mk. 3:11-12; 4:35-41.

    1.  This demands our prayers trust His rule over all things, Acts 4:24.

    2.  The One who made and sustains everything will use them to our benefit and His glory, Col. 4:2.

  C.  Over Time, 1:17 (He is eternal), Jno. 8:58 (Micah 5:2).

    1.  Demands that we redeem the time we have, Eph. 5:16.

    2.  Choose to use your time to obey and honor Christ, not selfishly indulge the flesh (sin).

  D.  Over the Church, 1:18 (1:13); Eph. 1:22-23.

    1.  Demands that we are members of His church, or we are lost, Acts 2:38-41, 47; Eph. 5:23.

    2.  Demands that we are holy members of it, Eph. 5:25-27; 1 Pet. 2:5 (Col. 1:22).

  E.  Over Death, 1:18; Jno. 11:25-26.

    1.  “Do you believe this?” (11:26)

    2.  If so, then… 1 Cor. 15:29-34, 58.

      a.  Risk danger and death for this gospel truth, 15:29-31.

      b.  Fight the good fight of faith, 15:32.

      c.  Do not be deceived by the world, 15:33.

      d.  Awake to righteousness and do not sin, 15:34.


III. THE FULLNESS OF REDEMPTION, Col. 1:20-22; cf. Gal. 4:4.

  A.  By His Blood (Sacrificial Death), Col. 1:14.

  B.  Forgiveness of Sins: Release from Sin’s Bondage and Death, Rom. 6:17-18 (Eph. 1:7).

  C.  An Inheritance, Col. 1:22, 12; Eph. 1:11.

      -I surrender all:

    1.  Be saved by obedient faith, Mk. 16:15-16; Acts 2:38.

    2.  Continue in the faith to be presented holy (obtain the hope of the gospel), Col. 1:22-23 (5); cf. 1 Pet. 1:4-5.



1.  Col. 1:9-12: The fullness of Christ compels our full surrender to Christ...

  a.  In fullness of faith to live worthy of the Lord, 1:9-11.

  b.  Live in the strength of patience, longsuffering, joy and thanksgiving, 1:10-12.

  c.  Because of our inheritance, in which the Father has enabled us to participate, 1:12.

2.  You are complete in Him, Col. 2:10.



By: Joe R. Price

Posted: September 5, 2013