Colossians 2 Lesson

Christ is the Head of All Authority!

Our focus verse for today’s lesson is Colossians 2:10:

  • “Christ is the head over all rule and authority.”

The authority that Paul is speaking about in this verse is spiritual authority. He is not talking about secular authority, such as bosses, coaches, teachers, etc. That is an important distinction to make.

Paul says that Jesus is the head over ALL authority. Not SOME authority. Not MOST authority. ALL authority. If you asked a child what it means to be head over ALL authority, the child might reply, “It means that He is the boss! That child would be right!

Jesus is the one that tells us right from wrong. He does this through the inspired words of the Bible. When He says that something is right, it is right! When He tells us something is wrong, it is wrong! End of discussion.

The authority that Jesus has is forever, unlike secular authority which is temporary. We learn how Jesus wants us to live our lives through the inspired words of the Bible. As we hear the teachings of Jesus, and read the commands of His Father, the road to salvation becomes clear. Satan understands this, and he does not like it.

That is why Satan is always at work trying to make something else “god” in our lives. Satan will trick us, lie to us, and tempt us. He will try to convince us to follow the world’s values, not God’s. To protect ourselves, we need to put on “The full armor of God.” As discussed in Ephesians 6, the full armor of God includes:

  1. Girding our loins with  truth ,
  2. The breastplate of righteousness,
  3. The Gospel of Peace ,
  4. The shield of faith,
  5. The helmet of salvation,
  6. The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God .

All of these give us protection against competing forces of the world that are attempting to convince us that life is about:

  1. The pursuit of money.
  2. Making ourselves as comfortable as possible.
  3. Pleasing ourselves. 

This goes against everything that the Bible teaches! 

Jesus did not come to be served or to accumulate wealth.   He came to serve others and to glorify His Father.

  • “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” – Mathew 20:28.

There are many instances where the forces of the world will try to compel us to do things that go against the teachings of the Bible.  When this happens, what do we do? If we are wise, we remove ourselves from any potential stumbling blocks and follow Jesus.

Jesus understands the temptations of this world because He experienced them for Himself (Mathew 4:3-10). Because of this understanding, Jesus devoted much of His teaching to warning us about these temptations. Consider the following scriptures:

  • “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” - Mathew 6:24.

  • “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” – Mark 10:25.

  • “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income. This too is vanity.” - Ecclesiastes 5:10.

  • “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.  The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.” - 1 John 2:15-17.

It seems like following Jesus and resisting the temptations of this world should be easy, right? It is not. Satan is constantly working behind the scenes to trip us up. Peter wrote:

  • “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” – 1 Peter 5:8.

CONCLUSION

We all must choose for ourselves who we are going to follow. Will we follow the righteous teachings of Jesus, the head of ALL authority? Or will we, to our detriment, chase after the pleasures of this world?

We will conclude today’s lesson with the following words spoken directly by Jesus as recorded in Mathew’s Gospel:

  • All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,teaching them to follow all that I commanded you; and behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Mathew 28:18-20.

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Michael

People always say, "Just be a good person and the rest will take care of itself." As if learning about Jesus, and studying the Bible were unimportant, as long as we are "nice". We need to learn the commandments so we can keep them.

A false promise is "Just be nice and you go to heaven." This does not agree with the scriptures found in Mathew 7:21 and Proverbs 14:12, "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven will enter."

"There is a way which seems right to a man but its end is the way of death."

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Michael

People always say, "Just be a good person and the rest will take care of itself." As if learning about Jesus, and studying the Bible were unimportant, as long as we are "nice". We need to learn the commandments so we can keep them.

A false promise is "Just be nice and you go to heaven." This does not agree with the scriptures found in Mathew 7:21 and Proverbs 14:12, "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven will enter."

"There is a way which seems right to a man but its end is the way of death."

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