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February 24, 2017
IT IS ALL God's Heart, All God's Soul, All God's Mind, All God's Might, All God's Life, All God's Love, All that God IS . . . in us !
Christ Is Supreme
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God .
He existed before anything was
created and is supreme over all creation , 16 for through Him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities
in the unseen world. Everything was created through Him and for Him. 17 He existed before anything else, and He holds all creation together. 18 Christ is also the head of the church, which is His body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So He is first in everything. 19 For God in all His fullness was pleased to live in Christ, 20 and through Him God reconciled everything to Himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on
earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.
21 This includes you who were once far away from God. You were His enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. 22 Yet now He has reconciled you to Himself through the death of Christ in His physical body. As a result, He has brought you into His own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before Him without a single fault.
23 But you must [ COME TO THIS TRUTH ] continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, to proclaim it. Colossians 1: 15-23(NLT)
The New Life in Christ
3 So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, 3 for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your life is revealed [ when you see and know He is your life and love in all fullness of God ], then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
10 and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. 11 In that renewal[e] there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!
12 As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. 13 Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord[f] has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ[g] dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Ephesians 1: (NRSV) 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Spiritual Blessings in Christ 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 just as He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before Him in love [ that is why we were created ] . 5 He destined us for [ HIS VERY OWN ] as His children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of His glorious grace that He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. 7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace 8 that He lavished on us. With all wisdom and insight 9 He has made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure that he set forth in Christ, 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in Him, things in heaven and things on earth. 11 In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance [ Eternity ] , having been destined according to the purpose of Him who accomplishes all things according to His counsel and will, 12 so that we, who were the first to set our hope on Christ, might live for the praise of His glory. 13 In Him you also, when you had heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and had believed [ RECEIVED THE FULLNESS OF GOD ] in Him, were marked with the seal of the promised Holy Spirit; 14 this is the pledge of our inheritance toward redemption as God’s own people, to the praise of his glory. 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know Him, 18 so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which He has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of His great power. 20 God put this power to work in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at his right hand in the heavenly places, 21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the age to come. 22 And He has put all things under His feet and has made Him the head over all things for the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
Ephesians 2:4-10 (NRSV) 4 But God, Who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which He loved us 5 even when we were dead through our trespasses [ NOT ABLE TO SEE OR KNOW GOD ] , made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved — 6 and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God— 9 not the result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are what He has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For He is our peace; in His flesh He has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall , that is , the hostility between us . 15 He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances [ THAT WE HAD TO FOLLOW OR DIE , BUT THEY ARE NOW INSIDE OF US IN JESUS OUR VERY BEING AND EXISTENCE ] , that He might create in Himself one new humanity in place of the two , thus making peace , 16 and might reconcile both groups to God in one body through the cross, thus putting to death that hostility through it. 17 So He came and proclaimed peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near;
18 for through Him both of us have access in one Spirit to the Father . 19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God , 20 built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets , with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone. 21 In Him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord ; 22 in whom you
also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.
Ephesians 3:8-21 (NRSV) 8 Although I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given to me to bring to the Gentiles the news of the boundless riches of Christ, 9 and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things; 10 so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. 11 This was in accordance with the eternal purpose that He has carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in Him. 20 Now to Him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, 21 to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.He may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through His Spirit, 17 and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love. 18 I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 13 I pray therefore that you may not lose heart over my sufferings for you; they are your glory. 14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. 16 I pray that, according to the riches of His glory,