Daily Bible Reading

January 2, 2024

Colossians 1:15-23(GNT)

God’s Guiding Word: Discipleship

Introduction

Colossians 1:15–23: Today’s reading includes a description of the person and work of Christ and concludes with Paul’s exhortation to remain faithful.  

Scripture Reading

15 Christ is the visible likeness of the invisible God. He is the first-born Son, superior to all created things. 16 For through him God created everything in heaven and on earth, the seen and the unseen things, including spiritual powers, lords, rulers, and authorities. God created the whole universe through him and for him. 17 Christ existed before all things, and in union with him all things have their proper place. 18 He is the head of his body, the church; he is the source of the body’s life. He is the first-born Son, who was raised from death, in order that he alone might have the first place in all things. 19 For it was by God’s own decision that the Son has in himself the full nature of God. 20 Through the Son, then, God decided to bring the whole universe back to himself. God made peace through his Son’s blood[a] on the cross and so brought back to himself all things, both on earth and in heaven.

21 At one time you were far away from God and were his enemies because of the evil things you did and thought. 22 But now, by means of the physical death of his Son, God has made you his friends, in order to bring you, holy, pure, and faultless, into his presence. 23 You must, of course, continue faithful on a firm and sure foundation, and must not allow yourselves to be shaken from the hope you gained when you heard the gospel. It is of this gospel that I, Paul, became a servant—this gospel which has been preached to everybody in the world.

Today’s Key Verse: Colossians 1:15

Christ is the visible likeness of the invisible God. He is the first-born Son, superior to all created things. 

Reflect

Verses 15–20 are probably derived from an early Christian hymn. What do these verses say about Jesus? (You may wish to compare verses 15 and 16 with John 1:1–3.) According to verse 22, what has God done? What does Paul admonish the Colossians to do (verse 23)? What are your thoughts about how this verse can guide the encounters you will have today? 

Pray

Lord God, I thank and praise you that you made me your friend and have brought me into your presence. Help me to remain faithful and not stray from your teachings. Guide me each day in the way of your truth. Amen. 

Tomorrow’s Reading

Colossians 1:24—2:5: The apostle Paul describes his work as a servant of the gospel. 

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