Dispensing the All-Inclusive Christ
It has been so good to get into the book of Colossians with everyone in the Thursday Upper House group. With each Bible study, I am beginning to see more of why Paul wrote this book. The church in Colossae was being mixed with culture. This culture not only was a disturbance but also was replacing Christ, similarly to our society today. Paul uses this book to show that we can come to this wonderful Christ (Colossians 1:12-13) by the blood of Jesus. This Christ that we have access to is all-inclusive. At first I was a bit confused by this phrase. However, after looking it up, the first thing that appeared in the search is “all-inclusive resort”. In an all-inclusive resort, you have access to all of the restaurants, activities, transportation, and miscellaneous benefits. This is amazing! Likewise, Christ is all-inclusive. He is light, love, grace, peace, truth, and much more. We have access to everything Christ is through His work on the cross.
But that’s not all! How do we interact with this bountiful Christ? This may seem quite mysterious.
The word “mystery” is used multiple times (Colossians 1:26-27; 2:2) and Paul reveals what this mystery is—Christ. I was really surprised to see that the unveiling of this mystery is the stewardship of God. In Greek, the word “stewardship” is the same word as “economy.” This means that the stewardship of God is to dispense or share Christ with others. As Christians, we all have a unique portion of this all-inclusive Christ to share with others. As we continue to grow spiritually as Christians and share our enjoyment of Christ with others, we will help each other to progress in this process as shown in Colossians 1:28. Praise the Lord that we all have access to this all-inclusive Christ, and the more we enjoy and share this wonderful Christ, the more we will become “full-grown in Christ” (1:28). I look forward to continuing to enjoy this all-inclusive Christ and participating in this stewardship of God with everyone here. May the Lord continue to bless us throughout this school year!
- Joseph L.