To Present Everyone Perfect In Christ—Colossians 1:28-29
“We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ. To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me” (Colossians 1:28-29)
It is interesting that one of the most influential forces in the growth of the Church was the apostle Paul. Not only did he write most of the New Testament but he and his companions took the gospel to the far reaches of the known world during his lifetime as one of the very first missionaries. His impact did not end there, even today believers pour over his words, learning the very doctrines of our faith from the letters he wrote so many centuries ago.
What impresses me most about Paul is that he lived very singular, very focused on the mission God gave him to do. He knew it, he lived it and opened each of his letters reiterating it. Proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ was the driving force in life. In the previous verses Paul describes that he was commissioned to present the word of God in fullness to us (vs. 25) and now he restates it and gives the reason that he labors with all the energy that God gave him.
Complete, Mature & Perfect In Christ
“We proclaim him, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone perfect in Christ” (vs. 28). This is the reason Paul labored for the Church. He wanted us to be mature and complete which comes through “the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding” (vs. 9).
This is why Paul proclaimed the gospel of Jesus Christ everywhere he went. Because it is both the power of God and the wisdom of God. “Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength” (I Corinthians 1:22-25). It is the starting point in the Kingdom and yet it is so vastly profound that the gospel is something we will continue to unravel and understand our entire lives.
This is why the Apostle labored with all the superhuman energy that God gave him. So we would have the benefits of complete understanding and be perfected in Christ who has become for us wisdom from God (I Corinthians 1:30). It was Peter who said, “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires” (II Peter 1:3-4).
Persevering Until The Very End
Today, I am so thankful that Paul and his peers labored so intentionally for the Church of Christ. We are reaping fruit from their labor, as well as the men and women of God throughout the centuries who understood the gospel and gave their lives to be a part of God’s redemption story. We too have a mission and calling from God and so today I want to encourage you with these words, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9).