Mystery Hidden for Ages, Revealed - A Study of Colossians

The MYSTERY Hidden for Ages Is Now REVEALED

When a Russian cosmonaut returned from space and reported that he had not found God, C. S. Lewis responded that this was like Hamlet going into the attic of his castle and looking for Shakespeare. —Tim Keller

The ancient city of Colossae, in modern-day Turkey, was a blend of cultures and beliefs. It was also under Roman rule, and everywhere you looked, you would see Caesar’s venerated image on coins, buildings, and businesses. How could a person surrounded by a variety of temples and cults and images know which god to choose? Or even know a god at all? It was a mystery.

A man named Paul, an itinerant teacher from a new Jewish sect, gives a radical answer to these perplexing questions: “We look at Jesus and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at Jesus and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, …finds its purpose in him” (Col. 1:15–16, adapted from The Message).

Paul hasn’t even met the people he is writing to, but he is eager to show them the sweeping themes of the Christian faith, and he hammers home the supremacy of Jesus as the very image of God who holds all of creation together.

And we can actually know God because, instead of standing outside of creation, God writes himself into our story by becoming a human like us. Paul also insists that a sweeping gospel evoke a sweeping response of love and forgiveness. These are radical words in the multicultural intellectual marketplace of both ancient Turkey and modern America.

Please join us this year that we may “know the mystery of God, namely, Christ” (Col. 2:2).