Some Thoughts from the Apostle Paul from Colossians 1:24-29

Bob Mayo, Stonepoint Member

Today at Stonepoint we continued with week three from our series on Colossians. I must confess I am having a difficult time putting into words. These messages are really good and helpful, but sometimes the words I think of are just not adequate enough. But I wanted to cover a couple of highlights from today’s message.

Verse 24: “I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the affliction of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church.”

One thing is certain from this verse. We will suffer here on this earth. Life is not going to be easy. Philippians 1:29 says: “For to you it has been granted on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.” Paul made it clear in verse 24 that he is pleased to suffer for the Body, the church. Paul is not saying that he is making up something that was lacking in Christ’s death on the Cross for the church. Rather, he is saying that he is pleased to suffer for the church because of Christ’s completed work of suffering and dying for us on the cross. Paul finishes up this section by saying in verse 25 that he commissioned by God to feed the body. The New Testament shows just how serious he took that commission. In 2 Corinthians 11:23-28 Paul mentions some of the hardships he has suffered for the body.

The second thing I would like to briefly discuss is mentioned in verses 26-29. Here Paul talks of a “mystery.” The mystery, simply put is “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (verse 27). As the church, we have so many privileges that the great saints of old never saw. Moses, David, Daniel and other Old Testament heroes, never knew the full extent of this mystery. The “good news” that we talk about today, and probably take for granted much of the time, was hidden from them. With the birth of the church at Pentecost, the mystery was revealed. Christ sent the Holy Spirit to live in us. I don’t know about you, but this is another thing that I take for granted. The mysteries of the Godhead are truly revealed to us as New Testament saints!! Like I say, it is difficult to put today’s lesson into adequate words. I would encourage you to go onto the website and listen to the sermon archive of this message.

In closing, I need to say that I have learned so much of the importance of the Body of Christ since coming here to Stonepoint. Not that I didn’t have an understanding before, but it was pretty much intellectual. Since coming here to Stonepoint, my understanding of the Body is becoming a matter of the heart. I have seen, for the first time in a long time, how important the local church is. I heard a few times in my Christian life that 100% of the work of the church is done by 10% of the people. I know for myself, when Pastor Brandon was talking at the end of the message today, that my heart was burdened for the staff of this church. I am still a relative outsider here, and I certainly am not trying to judge anyone, except maybe myself. But just having seen the heart of the pastors and leaders of Stonepoint, I know they get tired, weary and probably discouraged. But they continue to labor, run and struggle for the sake of the Gospel. I pray that God would open our hearts to get behind them in seeing the Gospel go out to the community in and around Wills Point as well as the world. May God speak to our hearts.

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