Today’s Scripture: Colossians 1:15-23
By: Larry Link
WOW! In these few verses, so much ground is covered. Paul first addresses how, contrary to many people’s belief, “He (Christ) is the image of the invisible God.” He’s not talking about a “second-hand” representation. He’s not saying that Christ is simply like an old photo of God. He’s saying all that God is, Jesus is. By looking to Jesus, you will be looking at God. He tells us that God is very pleased to have all of his fullness living in Jesus, and that there is nothing else we need in our lives other than Jesus in order to be in a right relationship with God himself.
For each of us, when we profess our faith in Jesus, confessing that, “Jesus is Lord,” we still stumble from time to time. Sometimes, we drift away from the teachings of Scripture. We are alienated from God as pointed-out in verse 21 of this passage. That doesn’t mean we’re not still Christian, just out of fellowship with God. I’m a huge basketball fan, and we’re in the middle of March Madness right now. When I read this thought many decades ago, I was attracted to it. It’s that when we sin, we’re out of fellowship with God, but still his child. It’s like shooting a basketball at the basket, missing the shot, getting the rebound and shooting again, putting the ball where it belongs. In 1 John 1:9, we’re told, “If you will confess your sin, He is faithful to forgive your sin, and forgive you of all unrighteousness.” When we miss the basket, we get the rebound, and put it back up for a basket. We rebound (confess our sin), put the ball in the basket, and go from out of fellowship back into fellowship with God.
When did you last confess your sin? It’s time for a rebound.