Before All Things

Dear Faith Family,

When I was a kid, I loved reading The Hardy Boys. I could easily get so lost in their stories as I was eager to discover the solutions to their mysterious plots. As I grew older, my love for mysteries was influenced by my mother who loved to watch Matlock and Murder, She Wrote. I am somewhat ashamed to admit that as a college student, I actually did schedule my classes around the 11:00 airing of Matlock on TBS!

There is just something captivating about trying to solve a mystery. Well, in the book of Colossians, Paul delves into a great mystery, a “mystery that had been hidden for ages and generations”. How is Holy God going to reconcile sinful man? The answer is “Christ IN you, the hope of glory”. Stop and let that settle in your mind– Christ in me, the hope of glory! How amazing that part of God’s plan in the redemption of man would be to put the Spirit of His Son into those that He calls to be His children.

And just who is His Son? Colossians tells us that He is “the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.” He is “before all things, and in Him all things hold together”. He is “the head of the body, the church,” and “in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell.” And this Christ, whose Spirit dwells within us, reconciled us to the Father. He presents us as “holy and blameless and above reproach” before God. So what does our life look like when every part of our being is centered around the One who is “before all things”?

Make sure to engage our upcoming sermon series beginning March 4th on the book of Colossians. We will take 8 weeks to walk through this wonderful book and will explore the depths of the nature of Jesus and how that impacts every moment of every day we live. Start reading ahead. Study on your own. Do some research. Memorize some of the key passages. Let’s all prepare ourselves to be forever changed by God’s Word in the weeks ahead!

One Life at a Time,
Matthew Cavin