Colossians Bible Study Day 2 of 14
Read Colossians 1:15-20
15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Colossians 1:15-20 (NIV)
Have you ever wondered what God is like? How would He respond to humans in everyday situations? How would He treat someone of a different race, a political leader, or even an adulterer?
We know who our God is and what His character is like because Paul tells us that Jesus is the image (v15) and fullness (v19) of God. Therefore, to know more about God’s character all you have to do is open up the Gospels. In those four books you will find how Jesus is gentle when he is approached by a man with a very contagious disease called Leprosy (a disease full of social stigma at the time) in Matthew 8:1-3. We see how humble Jesus was in John 13:1-17 when he washed his disciples feet, but also how he was ferocious and an absolute FORCE (Matthew 23, John 2:13-16) when he saw people being misled by the spiritual leaders of the day.
The God of the universe is ready to be known; all you have to do is look.
Pick a chapter in the Gospels and read it.* Pay close attention to how Jesus responds to people and how people respond to Jesus. Write down the things you learned about God.
*For those who don’t know where to start or can’t choose, I recommend John 11 or Matthew 3.
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