The Gospel Surety

Pastor Jonathan Phillips continues his series on the book of Colossians, “Rooted in the Faith,” with this week’s sermon, “The Gospel Surety,” from Colossians 1:15-20.

Colossians 1:15-20 (ESV)

The Preeminence of Christ

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

Jesus Christ has the credentials to be our gospel surety.

  • Jesus Christ is God revealed.
  • Jesus Christ is the creator.
  • Jesus Christ is the sustainer of creation.
  • Jesus Christ is Lord.
  • Jesus Christ reconciles us to God.

Parent Connection Questions:

  • When someone makes a promise, how do you know if they will keep that promise?
  • What is the difference between creating something and sustaining it? Why is it important that Jesus does both?
  • What does it take to make enemies back into friends (to reconcile them)?
  • How does Jesus reconcile us to God?