Bethlehem Baptist Chapel

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  • Pembrokeshire
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3rd November 2019

Colossians 1:24-2:5

A Better Understanding of Jesus

The Great Secret


1. Secret Hidden In The Past, Colossians 1:26a
Mystery has been hidden for generations
It wasn’t a spur of the moment decision

 

And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will crush your head, and you will strike His heel.” 
Genesis 3:15

 

“The sceptre will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, 
until He to whom it belongs shall come and the obedience of the nations shall be His.” 
Genesis 49:10

 

I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them everything I command him.” 
Deuteronomy 18:18

 

“When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish His kingdom. Your house and your kingdom will endure before Me; your throne will be established forever.” 
1Samuel 7:12, 16

 

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” 
Isaiah 7:14

 

“But you, Bethlehem, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” 
Micah 5:2

 

1. Secret Hidden In The Past, Colossians 1:26a
Mystery has been hidden for generations
It wasn’t a spur of the moment decision

Scriptures reveal Christ would:
            Come from line of Judah
            Be a fellow Israelite
            A King from line of King David
            Born of a virgin
            Born in Bethlehem
God gave these signs to show Jesus was coming

As we look back to OT we need to find Christ

 

2. Secret Revealed In Christ, Colossians 1:26b-28
False teachers used mystery to refer to secret information available to a few people
But God’s Great Secret is no longer hidden – it is revealed to the saints…..us!

Saints made perfect in Jesus, v.28
Because God looks on us through Jesus

Because Christ dwells in us, v.27

Jesus is the true treasure; the greatest find we can ever discover

 

3. Secret Understood In Time, Colossians 2:2-3
‘Full riches of complete understanding’ won’t happen overnight
It takes a lifetime to fully understand the mystery of Christ

Some Christians open Christ’s treasure and only focus on one thing about Him

They miss out on the depth of treasures found in Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit