Thursday, March 24, 2016

Colossians 1:28 (KJV) Every Man, Really?

Colossians 1:28 (KJV)
Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
The work of the preacher is never ending because the work is to go to every man. If one of the earlier parts of the work were to ever go out to every man, we can be assured that the other two parts have not.
To warn every manThe lost man must be warned of impending judgment. He must be urged to repent and to trust Christ as his only source of forgiveness and salvation. His sin must be brought to light. He must come to see it as the reason he has no fellowship with God. Hell must become hot to him. The thought of forever being separated from God in torments must become a reality to him. He must be urged to fall upon the grace and mercy of God found in Christ.
To teach every manThe great commission requires that our work not be finished with a profession of faith. We are to teach those who are saved to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. Paul wanted to see sinners turned from their sin and saints turned to Jesus Christ because his final goal was;
To perfect every manPaul saw himself as an ambassador reconciling souls to God through Christ. He saw himself as one day presenting each of those he had seen saved and instructed to the Lord. His goal was that, at the moment of presentation, those he brought would be perfect. Positionally every Christian is perfect at salvation but practically such perfection is attained only through discipline (and is never fully attained in this life).
Paul never could have believed himself out of work because he labored to see every man warned, taught and perfected.
  • For every one he may have been successful in warning there were countless others yet to warn. 
  • For every one instructed there were and innumerable mass still needing instruction. 
  • For every one perfected there were-well, even Paul never attained perfection. 
He was never out of work.
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Colossians 1:28 (KJV) Every Man, Really?

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