Daily Archives: January 4, 2019

January 4 – Colossians 1:13-16

Welcome to 2019! This month, we are walking slowly through the book of Colossians. Paul wrote this letter to the church at Colossae, and Philemon which we’ll be reading in February,  when he was imprisoned in Rome. This book offers practical guidelines for Christian living as well as encouragement and warning. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Colossians 1:13-16

13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

The Supremacy of the Son of God

15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.

SOAP Note

Invisible Made Visible | DOT Group @ A2

Scripture

Colossians 1:15-16

Observation

Jesus is the visible image of the invisible God. The Greek word “icon” means ‘the exact likeness’. Jesus is the very stamp of God the Father. When we see Jesus, we are seeing God. It seems like a contradiction for something invisible to be visible, but these verses remind us that there’s so much we can’t see and that God reveals to us His glory through the things we can see.

Application

“Faith is the evidence of things we cannot see.” We need to be aware of what God’s doing even when we can’t see it. And if Jesus is the visible image of God and we’re to emulate Him, we too can be a visible image of God to those around us.

Prayer

Father, help us to be the visible hands of our invisible God. Open our eyes to Your will and what You want us to do. Help us to be obedient and expectant to Your will, but also help us to accept Your grace when we fall short. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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