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February 21st, 2018 - Col 1:24-25

                   Daily Devotional <> February 21,2018 <> Wednesday

                   Sacrifice for Christ <> Colossians 1:24-25

                       Point of Contact <> Bro. Ben Van Winkle

 

   This last 6-verses of Colossians 1, describe Paul's ministry. First, Paul's ministry was carried out in daily suffering.  Paul can say that without a doubt, he now rejoices in the suffering for the saints, that is, on their account.  As a servant of Christ, Paul was called upon to suffer undue hardships, persecutions, & afflictions. Paul considers these things a privilege. What the Apostle means by this? First this cannot refer to the atoning sufferings of Christ on the cross. These were finished once for all. There is a sense in which the Lord Jesus still suffers. Paul learned that by persecuting Christians He was persecuting their Savior which was Jesus Christ. The Head in heaven feels the sufferings of His body on Earth.

   So, Paul looks at all the suffering that Christians go through for the sake of the Lord, as being part of the suffering that remains. They include suffering for righteousness' sake, suffering for His sake (bearing His reproach), & for the Gospels sake. 

   The affliction that Paul endured was for the sake of Christ's body the church. When we suffer for Christ, He in a very real way suffers with us.

   Paul had a two fold ministry: First: He was commissioned to preach the Gospel (V:23); Second: He was set forth to preach the mystery of the church (V:25). There is a real lesson in this for every true servant of Christ. We are not expected to lead men to Christ & then leave them to get along as best they can. We are expected to direct our evangelistic efforts to the New Testament churches where the convert can be built up in their faith, including the truth of the church. The Lord wants His babies to be directed to the feeding station where they can be nourished & grow.

   This was Paul's high privilege & sacred trust. Paul was a steward in God's economy; A trustee in God's household & an administrator of God's business. He was on a mission for the King. God's purpose was Paul's purpose & God's word was Paul's message. So, Paul's message was pure & uncorrupted by false teaching (Romans 15:19; 2 Timothy 4:2-5)