Been reading through Colossians this evening and took a moment or two to kind of outline the Christological thread of the Text. This is what I skimmed off the top…
Colossians 1, 2 & 3:
1.5-6) It is this Gospel, of God’s grace, that grows us in the Way fruitful.
1.15) It is by this Gospel, we behold the Image of the Invisible God, and are changed.
1.19) It is in Christ, the Second Adam, the God-Man, that, God’s Image fully dwells.
1.22) It is in Christ, we are reconciled into a state of holiness and blamelessness, irreproachableness.
1.23) It is by faith in Christ, we continue stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the Gospel.
1.27) It is Christ in you, that, this Gospel makes known.
1.28) It is Christ we proclaim, for in knowing Him we are matured in Him.
2.2) It is in Christ proclaimed, we come to a full assurance of understanding.
2.3) It is in Christ, that God stores such treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
2.4) It is Christ, we must know, so that, we may not be deluded by ‘very plausible’ arguments.
2.5) It is Christ, upon whom our faith must fasten firmly.
2.6) It is in this Christ, THE Lord, who’s revealed in the Gospel, we must walk believingly.
2.7) It is in Christ, we must be rooted and growing up in, established in a faith in Him.
2.8) It is in Christ, our minds must be taken captive.
2.9) It is in Christ, we encounter the Godhood of God.
2.10) It is in Christ, we are full-filled.
2.11) It is in Christ, we have a spiritual circumcision, by His having been both physically and spiritually cut-off!
2.12) It is with Christ, we have suffered a baptismal-death.
2.12) It is with Christ, we have raised by ‘faith in God’s powerful working’ in resurrecting Christ.
2.13) It is with Christ, we are made alive, having no sin counted against us.
2.15) It is Christ, who disarmed(s) the power of sin and death.
2.16) It is in Christ, we have an “identity” that is lifted far above shadowy religious rites.
2.17) It is Christ, who is the substance (object) of our faith and practice.
2.19) It is Christ, who we cling upon by faith, and thereby nourished and knit together, growing up by God.
2.20) It is in Christ, we have died to the world, and will keep dying to the world (which includes our sin-flesh).
2.23) It is in Christ, we find true religion and God’s regulating us, avoiding flesh-exalting ritualism.
3.1) It is Christ, with whom we are raised, and in whom we seek and find the Kingdom.
3.3) It is in Christ, we are hidden in God, being dead to what’s less.
3.4) It is Christ, who is our life, now and forever.
3.5) It is Christ, who enables us to die, again and again to idolatry (the root-sin), by our beholding Him.
3.9) It is Christ, who puts the old-man (Adamic) into context, with all his fleshly practices and faithless purposes.
3.10) It is Christ, the New-man, the Image of the Creator, who renews us by beholding (knowing) Him.
3.11) It is Christ, who is ALL, and by Whom all temporal social barriers are destroyed.
3.12) It is in Christ, God chooses, sets-apart, and loves us; and produces the fruit of the Spirit.
3.13) It is in Christ, that, we obtain and exemplify the forgiveness of God.
3.14) It is in Christ, crucified, that, we find God’s love fully demonstrated and unleashed, and the Source of our love-bond.
3.15) It is in Christ, we have peace with God and any hope of peace with one another.
3.16) It is Christ, the Word incarnate, that becomes the Source and Content of our conversation with one another.
3.17) It is in Christ, we have access to the Father; and by Whom, all we do or say is sanctified.
3.18-23) It is on Christ, THE Lord, a household is rightly founded upon and found heartily working unto.
3.24) It is Christ, who is (and will give) our Inheritance and Reward.
3.25) It is Christ, who is (and will bring) Justice.