Christ is Our All (Col. 1:24-2:3)

I think those who already participate in the work of the apostles in the work of sustaining and building-up communities of the faith (e.g. basic ecclesial communities) would readily understand the sentiments of Paul. The trust given to him is not just any word, but Christ Himself, who is to be proclaimed to all men, that all men may be presented “perfect in Christ Jesus”. Such a trust, Paul tells us, is worth all the inconvenience, even suffering, in this world.

More here: The Mystery that Paul Proclaims


Scripture

It is he (Christ) whom we proclaim, admonishing everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.
For this I labor and struggle, in accord with the exercise of his power working within me. Col. 1:28-29

Observation

Paul has been entrusted the ministry of making “the word of God fully known” (25). This “word” is the “mystery hidden … but now revealed to the saints” (26). This mystery, Paul writes is “Christ in you” (27). Paul and his co-workers in the ministry live to proclaim Christ, wrestling (agonizomenos) against contrary winds with the strength that Christ gives him (29) so as to present everyone perfect (teleios) in Christ. For in Christ is “hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col. 2:3).

Application

What we contribute to the building up of the Body of Christ is Christ Himself, the saving mystery of God. Every cell meeting that we have is an encounter with the Word of God, Christ, whom we experience as the Head of His small church. The cell leader is a servant who facilitates and helps the other members of the cell group have this experience. In a way, he/she is as St. Augustine describes himself: “I feed you from the table from which I nourish myself.” The cell leader feeds from Christ so that he may offer Christ to others too. Indeed Paul’s work, our work is to make the cell group — our small Church — grow in Christ. For Christ is our life — whether we are servants of the Word or listeners and doers of the Word.

Prayer

Only in God be at rest, my soul, for from him comes my hope.

He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed. (Psalm 62:6-7)

Our work in the BEC is toilsome, Lord. We struggle against ignorance — our own and others — as we prepare for work and while we are at work. Sometimes, we feel the resistance of those who find your Word over-bearing and too demanding. But we know we cannot compromise because to dilute your Word is not to give them the whole of You. Be our Peace. Be our Strength.

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