Preaching Jesus Christ Alone

 

Colossians 1:28-29

Proclaiming the excellences of Jesus.

Preaching Jesus Christ Alone

Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily. (Colossians 1:28-29, NKJV)

Preaching Jesus Christ AloneThis was the focus of Paul’s preaching. He didn’t preach himself, or his opinions, or even lots and lots of entertaining stories. He preached Jesus.

Paul wanted the whole gospel for the whole world. He wouldn’t hold back in either area – it was for every man, and he presented it in all wisdom.

Some translate the word warning as “counseling.” The ancient Greek verb nouthetountes means, “To impart understanding,” “to lay on the mind or the heart.” The stress is on influencing not only the intellect, but also the will and disposition. It describes a basic means of education.

The work of warning; or helping to impart understanding – was a passion for Paul in ministry (Acts 20:31). It is also the job of church leaders (1 Thessalonians 5:12) and of the church body in general (Colossians 3:16), providing that they are able to admonish others (Romans 15:14).

The goal of Paul’s ministry was to bring people to maturity in Christ and not to dependence upon himself.

“Therefore, the aim of this epistle, and, indeed, of all apostolic work is admonishing and teaching every man toward the realization of perfection in Christ, because that issues in the perfecting of the whole Church.” – G. Campbell Morgan

This work was for every man. In contrast, the false teachers at Colosse “believed the way of salvation to be so involved that it could be understood only by a select few who made up sort of a spiritual aristocracy.” – Curtis Vaughan

Paul’s work was empowered by God’s mighty strength. But God’s strength in Paul’s life didn’t mean that he did nothing. He worked hard according to His working:

But by the grace of God, I am what I am, and His grace toward me was not in vain, but I labored more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. (1 Corinthians 15:10)

Prayer

Lord God, empower us to testify of who Jesus is and what He has done in our lives. We never need to bring any credit to ourselves. Let us proclaim the excellences of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In Jesus name, Amen.

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