It is good for us to take time away from the busyness of Christmas shopping, wrapping presents and cooking meals, to sit and let the glory of the Son of God illuminate our souls. As Paul sat in a dark, and perhaps damp, prison cell, he was thinking of churches that were newly planted. There was only one way he could encourage them and protect these young believers from being deluded by false teachers who sought opportunities to make a name for themselves — write letters.
As he starts writing his letter to Colossae, he tells them that in the circumstances of a prison cell, he was praying for them (1:3-14). Then his quill forms the most beautiful description of Jesus.
“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” (Colossians 1:15–20).
I see the smile and glow on Paul’s face as he writes these verses. Read them again to yourself out loud. Do you see the pleasure of God in Jesus our Savior? May I say, deity was at home in the person of Jesus. Since the “fullness of God was pleased to dwell” in Him, would you find delight and pleasure in letting Him make His home in you? His presence will transform your future!
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