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My Driver, My King
Series: "Get in the Front Seat!" A Study of Colossians
Dr. Deb Waterbury
It is impossible to exhaust the language afforded humanity to adequately express what the Apostle Paul attempted in his letter to the Colossians. After his opening remarks, he goes straight to the heart of Who the Church worships. Paul goes straight to the essence of Christ.
Again, Paul could not be less interested in the false teachings to which the Colossians had fallen prey. He hadn’t spent even the ink necessary to describe them to this point. Instead, Paul gave ink, beautiful yet inadequate still, which described the incomparable glory of our Driver, our King, Jesus Christ. Paul didn’t mince words as he moved from describing the heritage of believers to his attempts at writing words that might convey the majesty of the God giving this heritage.
It’s true that today’s world, much like the world of Paul’s day, has seriously watered down the Kingship of Jesus. People have little trouble with angels or their supposed glory. These same people hardly blink when attributing majesty to nature or the earth. Amazingly, most don’t even have an issue with a baby king born in a manger to supposedly save mankind. However, these same people will plead issue with the “God-ness” of Jesus. Their commitments fall far short of attesting to Christ as God, the God who lowered Himself to the earth so that He could lay His life down for these same who would deny Him.
Paul very astutely brings this truth to light before addressing any other aspect within the troubles plaguing the Colossian church. He proclaims Christ as God, the Creator, the Redeemer, the Ruler, the Reconciler—where the fullness of God dwells. How clever to jump to the real crux of what should flood the Colossian’s system of belief. How appropriate to jump to the truth of Jesus, the King.
Why do I make a distinction here between “My King” and “My Driver”? Indeed, Christ is both and all, but the distinction is in the parts we play. One cannot have a driver unless one is moving. The driver becomes the necessary element on the road where the rider is moving from point A to point B.
We are moving from point A to point B, at least as much as we live on this earth for our appointed time. Many have contently taken a seat in the back, biding their time, taking no active role in the journey. But even more than that, there is no intimacy between the backseat rider and the driver. Riding in the front seat with the driver connotes a level of intimacy that can only be obtained in the front seat. Likewise, we lay aside our active role in our own journey when we allow untruths any place in o ...
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