Luke 3:1-20 – “John the Baptist”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Jan 22nd.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon.  You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

Luke 3:1-20

INTRO

  • The ministry of John the Baptist
  • Preparing the way for Christ
  • The need to of the people… repentance

The Man- vv. 1-2

  • God’s perfect timing (A.D. 28/29)
  • 400 years since the last prophetic voice
  • Rulers/Leaders listed, but notice that a faithful servant was given the Word.
  • Matthew 3:4 – Camel hair and leather belt
  • 2 Kings 1:8 – A picture of Elijah (Malachi 4:5)

The Message – vv. 3-14

The Content – vv. 3-6

  • At the Jordan
    • Earlier, Israel was baptized as the crossed over to take the physical kingdom.
    • Now, they are returning to be baptized for the spiritual kingdom.
  • Baptism of repentance
    • From the OT purification (Cleansing/Renewal)
    • Pointing forward (IT IS COMING)
    • Today… points to a new life (NOW)
  • Repentance
    • A sorrow that leads to change
    • From – To
  • As it is written
    • Isaiah 40:1-5
    • Make straight.
    • Mountains/Valleys
    • Doing all that is necessary for the coming KING.

The audience – vv. 7-9

  • Brood of Vipers
    • Snakes coming out of a burning field.
  • Bear fruit worthy of repentance
    • Called to be the people of God, but you are living differently.
    • Ax – judgement is coming.

The response – 10-14

  • What shall we do?
    • LIVE DIFFERENTLY
    • LIVE RIGHT

The Mission – vv. 15-20

  • He quicky clarifies that He is not the Christ
  • He is merely pointing the way
  • A mightier one is coming.
  • Unworthy to tie sandals
    • Sovereign King
  • Baptize with Fire
    • Judge. Purify
  • Winnowing fork
    • Gather & scatter
  • Good news
    • More than just judgment
    • Savior that brings Good News
    • Seek and to Save
    • Give life and life more abundantly.

Roots of the Faith – The Incommunicable Attributes of God: Immutability

My notes for Wednesday night, Jan 18th. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. Our study over the next few months will be “The Roots of the Faith.” This study will focus on key biblical truths that will transform our thinking and allow us to faithfully live out the Christian life. You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

Resources for this Study

50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith – Gregg R. Allision

Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine – Wayne Grudem

Biblical Doctrine: A Systematic Summary of Bible Truth – John MacArthur & Richard Mayhue


INTRO

  • The incommunicable attributes are God’s characteristics or perfections, as revealed by Scripture, that God does not communicate, or share, with human beings.” (Gregg R. Allison, page 73)
  • “The foundation of all true knowledge of God must be a clear mental apprehension of His perfections as revealed in Holy Scripture. An unknown God can neither be trusted, served, nor worshipped.”  A.W. Pink
  • When we get our view of God right… then we can get our life right.
    • Right Belief – Right Living

Immutability

God’s immutability is his perfect unchangeability in his essence, character, purpose, and promises.

MacArthur, page 169

God is unchanging in his being, perfections, purposes, and promises, yet God does act and feel emotions, and he acts and feels differently in response to different situations. This attribute of God is also called God’s immutability.

Grudem, page 192.

God does not change

  • Malachi 3:6
  • James 1:17

God is the first and last

  • Isaiah 43:10
  • Isaiah 44:6-8

God brings all things to completion

  • Philippians 1:3-6
  • Psalm 33:10-11

Does the Bible contradict this?

  • Genesis 6:6–7; Exodus 32:14; 2 Samuel 24:16; Jeremiah 18:8; Jonah 3:10
  • Does God change His mind?
  • 1 Samuel 15:29 – NO

A good way to understand God’s apparent changes in Scripture is to consider that God reveals himself in his relations to people. They perceive only one aspect of God at a time. God never changes, but creatures do change, and they perceive God’s perfections and actions according to their current state. Thus, God’s actions do not imply a change of essence or purpose.

MacArthur, page 170

There are several points to consider. Firstly, when Christians describe God as unchanging, this is to say that He is unchanging in His being and character. What is not meant is that He is static or paralyzed. He is not like the king or queen of the United Kingdom who reigns but does not rule. The God of Scripture is constantly acting. That God is unchangeable should not be misconstrued as meaning that He cannot and does not act.

Secondly, while the above texts talk of God as changing, there are numerous texts in the Old and New Testaments that tell us that God does not change in His being (Psalm 102:25–27; c.f. Hebrews 1:10–12Malachi 3:6James. 1:17) and that He does not change His mind (Numbers 23:19Hebrews 6:17–18). This is not to play different texts against each other but to know that we need some interpretive principles to help us understand the Bible. There are two reasonable interpretive principles that can help us understand these passages:

  1. Difficult passages should be interpreted in light of other clearer passages.
  2. Passages which are found in the historical narrative in Scripture should be interpreted in light of the didactic (instruction/teaching) passages (such as the epistles.).

Lastly, we also must understand that the Bible uses human ways to speak about God, the technical term for which is anthropomorphism. Anthropomorphic language represents God’s unchanging attributes in the changing circumstances and different moral conditions of His creatures. Passages such as Genesis 6:6 need to be taken into consideration with Numbers 23:19. In doing so, we will understand that from our human viewpoint God seems to change His mind about people, but He is only represented to us that way that we might relate to our omniscient God.

Again and again the Bible describes God in human terms. Why? Because they are the only terms we have to communicate with. For example, the Bible speaks of the “arm of God” (Deuteronomy 5:15) with respect to His power while Psalm 50:10 says, “[God] owns the cattle on a thousand hills.” We know, however, that this is metaphorical language. The Bible isn’t trying to tell us that God is a cosmic cowboy who is in the cattle business. That God owns the cattle on a thousand hills is a human way of describing the vast riches that our Creator possesses. This language is perfectly useful to describe God’s activity among us; but when the Bible uses human language to describe God, particularly in the narrative sections of Scripture, the didactic portions of the Scripture give us the corrective explanation. This is not corrective in the sense of error, but in the sense of qualifying the meaning of the text so that we do not fall into serious error.

Simon Turpin. Answer in Genesis. Does God change His Mind? https://answersingenesis.org/who-is-god/does-god-change-his-mind/

Additional Reading

Ligonier Ministries – Does God Change His Mind?

Got Questions – Does God Change His Mind?

Luke 2:41-52 – “Boy Jesus in the Temple”

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Jan 15th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon.  You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

Luke 2:41-52

INTRO

  • A few pictures of the life of Christ
    • His early years
    • The fully man and fully God dynamic
    •  Submission to the authority in His life
    • God’s divine timetable

The trip to Jerusalem – vv. 41-42

  • Joseph and family
  • They were faithful to the things of God
  • Celebrating the Passover Exodus 12:1-28; Exodus 23:14-17; Leviticus 23:4-8
  • Passover in the ministry of Christ (here…conclusion at upper room)

Jesus stays behind – vv. 43-47

  • Big group (Caravan) would have traveled to Jerusalem
  • A possibility… men walking together.  12 yr old could have been with either mother or father.
  • Was in the temple (listening and learning)

Mary’s question and Jesus’ response – vv. 48-50

  • Why from both.
  • I must (be in my Father’s House)
  • Diving compulsion
    • Must preach – Luke 4:43
    • Must suffer, die, and raise – Luke 9:22; 17:25; 24:7-9
    • Must complete His ministry – Luke 13:33
    • Scripture must be fulfilled – Luke 22:37
  • My Father – (MY)
    • Unique title. Personal. His Deity
    • John 6:38; John 8:29 – Doing the will of His Father

Jesus’ obedience and maturity – vv. 51-52

  • He honored His Father – God the Father
  • He honored His father – Joseph the father
  • He was fully man (He was 12)
    • Hungry
    • Tired
    • Suffered pain
  • He was fully God
  • He needed to mature
  • From adolescence to adult
    • Perfect maturity
    • Never sinned
  • We can trust God’s timetable
    • 30 years later

Concluding Thoughts

We have been given a wonderful picture of the early life a Christ.

  • His faithfulness
  • His obedience
  • His sinlessness

We are IN CHRIST

Romans 8:1

Colossians 3:1-3

Galatians 3:25-29

Roots of the Faith – The Incommunicable Attributes of God: Independence

My notes for Wednesday night, Jan 11th. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. Our study over the next few months will be “The Roots of the Faith.” This study will focus on key biblical truths that will transform our thinking and allow us to faithfully live out the Christian life. You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

Resources for this Study

50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith – Gregg R. Allision

Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine – Wayne Grudem

Biblical Doctrine: A Systematic Summary of Bible Truth – John MacArthur & Richard Mayhue


INTRO

  • The incommunicable attributes are God’s characteristics or perfections, as revealed by Scripture, that God does not communicate, or share, with human beings.” (Gregg R. Allison, page 73)
  • “The foundation of all true knowledge of God must be a clear mental apprehension of His perfections as revealed in Holy Scripture. An unknown God can neither be trusted, served, nor worshipped.”  A.W. Pink
  • When we get our view of God right… then we can get our life right.
    • Right Belief – Right Living

Independence

THOUGHTS

  • God is independent and self-sufficient.
  • Creation is dependent upon Him.
    • Wrong – God needs you
    • Right – God needs nothing

God does not need us or the rest of creation for anything, yet we and the rest of creation can glorify him and bring him joy.

Wayne Grudem, page 190.

God is independent of all things. He is perfectly self-sufficient, not depending on anything outside himself for anything, and is therefore the eternal, foundational being, the source of life and sustenance for all other beings.

John MacArthur, page 168.

A Look in the Word

(John MacArthur, page 169)

  1. As Yahweh, God is self-existent, having life in and of himself
    • Ex. 3:14; John 5:26
  2. God existed before all things, and through him alone all things exist.
    • Ps. 90:2; 1 Cor. 8:6; Rev. 4:11
  3. God is Lord of all.
    • Deut. 10:17; Josh. 3:13
  4. He depends on nothing; all things depend on him.
    • Rom. 11:36
  5. He is the source of everything.
    • Deut. 32:39; Isa. 45:5–7; 54:16; John 5:26; 1 Cor. 8:6
  6. He does as He wills.
    • Ps. 115:3; Isa. 46:10–11; 64:8; Jer. 18:6; Dan. 4:35; Rom. 9:19–21; Eph. 1:5; Rev. 4:11
  7. His counsel is the basis of everything.
    • Ps. 33:10–11; Prov. 19:21; Isa. 46:10; Matt. 11:25–26; Acts 2:23; 4:27–28; Eph. 1:5, 9, 11
  8. He does everything for His own sake.
    • Josh. 7:9; 1 Sam. 12:22; Pss. 25:11; 31:3; 79:9; 106:8; 109:21; 143:11; Prov. 16:4; Isa. 48:9; Jer. 14:7, 21; Ezek. 20:9, 14, 22, 44; Dan. 9:19
  9. He needs nothing, being all-sufficient.
    • Job 22:2–3; Acts 17:25
  10. He is the first and the last.
    • Isa. 41:4; 44:6; 48:12; Rev. 1:8; 21:6; 22:13
  11. He is independent in His mind (Rom. 11:33–35), his will (Dan. 4:35; Rom. 9:19; Eph. 1:5; Rev. 4:11), his counsel (Ps. 33:11; Isa. 46:10), his love (Hos. 14:4), and his power (Ps. 115:3)

Luke 2:21-40 – The Presentation of Jesus: A Picture of Faithfulness

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Jan 8th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon.  You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

Luke 2:21–40

INTRO

  • The purification of Mary and the presentation of Jesus
  • A picture of God fulfilling His covenant promises
  • A picture of the faithfulness of God’s people
    • Mary and Joseph
    • Simeon
    • Anna
  • Simeon’s praise and prophecy

Joseph and Mary – vv. 21-24

  • Circumcision on 8th day – Genesis 17:11-12
  • Purification – Only Mary needed to be purified.
    • Leviticus 12:1-8 Unclean for 7 days
    • Purification after an additional 33
    • Guilt of sin through birth (Sin through Adam)
  • Dedication – Exodus 13:2
    • First born son dedicated to the Lord

Simeon – vv. 25-35

The Man

  • Righteous, Devout
  • Faithful, Serving
  • Waiting of the consolation of Israel
    • Comfort, rescue Isaiah 49:13
  • Received a special word from God (Wed nights study…Special revelation)

His Praise

  • Acknowledged God’s sovereignty
    • Power, Plan, Purpose
  • Praised God for:
    • the coming salvation Isaiah 52:1-15
    • the extent of salvation
    • Light for the nations Isaiah 42:6

His prophecy

  • Joseph and Mary marveled
  • Another encounter with a prophetic word
    • Angels, Elizabeth, Shepherds
  • Jesus is the Messiah, but all will not receive.
    • Many will rise and fall
    • Hearts of many revealed
  • Mary and Joseph will also suffer
    • Sword through your own soul
    • Death of Jesus on cross…spear in side

Anna – 36-38

  • In the temple
  • Worshiping, fasting, and praying
  • Difficult life… YET GIVING THANKS
  • THE BLESSING OF SEEKING HIM… WE SEEK AND FIND!

Joseph and Mary – vv. 39-40

  • PERFORMED EVERYTHING ACCORDING TO THE LAW OF GOD
  • Matthew 2:1-23 – Wisemen come, flee to Egypt
  • The child grew and God’s favor was upon Him
    • Fully man – grew as a man
    • Yet fully God

How do circumcision and baptism correspond? – John Piper


Circumcision

Greek expression: peritomē

Pronunciation: peh ree toh MAY

Strong’s Number: 4061

Circumcision today is nothing more than a medical procedure performed shortly after birth for hygienic reasons. In ancient times, however, circumcision, or peritomē in Greek, signaled a male’s membership in the Jewish religion. The first Christians continued to participate in the Jewish rites and customs, even attending the services of the temple (Acts 3:1; 5:21, 42). As Gentiles came to Christ, controversy arose between those who said that circumcision was unnecessary, and those who believed that circumcision was necessary in order to participate in the covenant community. Some people argued that since the covenant promise of the Messiah was given to the Jews, Gentiles must first be circumcised and become Jews before they could receive salvation in Christ. Consequently, not all the Jewish believers were willing to accept Gentiles into the church.

Many Jews in Christ’s day misunderstood the significance of circumcision, believing that the physical act was necessary for and a guarantee of salvation. Thus, observing the rite of circumcision became not only a symbol of religious privilege, but also a source of racial pride (Phil. 3:4–6). These Jews associated the ceremony with the Mosaic law rather than the promise to Abraham (John 7:22; Acts 15:1; Gen. 17:10–11). Because Greeks and Romans did not practice circumcision, Jews were called “the circumcision” (Acts 10:45; 11:2; Rom. 15:8; Gal. 2:7–9; Eph. 2:11), and Gentiles were called “the uncircumcision” (Gal. 2:7; Eph. 2:11).

While visiting Caesarea, Jewish believers were amazed to realize that uncircumcised Gentiles received the purifying gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:44–48). When Peter returned to Jerusalem after his visit to Caesarea, “the circumcision party” criticized him; but after telling how the Spirit had fallen upon the Gentiles, Peter declared that he could not stand against God. At this, the Jewish believers were silenced and glorified God that repentance unto life had been granted to Gentiles (Acts 11:1–3, 15:18). But certain Judaizers of the Pharisaic party taught the Christians in Antioch that circumcision was necessary for salvation (Acts 15:1, 5). After debating these persons, Paul and Barnabas went to Jerusalem to consult with the other apostles and elders (Acts 15:2). Peter argued that God had given the Spirit to Gentiles and cleansed their hearts by faith, affirming that “we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are” (Acts 15:11, nasb). Therefore, James and the other Jerusalem leaders agreed that circumcision should not be imposed on the Gentiles (Acts 15:13–21). It was decided that Peter, James, and John would be entrusted with the gospel to the circumcised, while Paul and Barnabas would preach to the uncircumcised (Gal. 2:7–9).[1]


[1] Eugene E. Carpenter and Philip W. Comfort, Holman Treasury of Key Bible Words: 200 Greek and 200 Hebrew Words Defined and Explained (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2000), 253.

Roots of the Faith – The Knowability of God

My notes for Wednesday night, Jan 4th. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. Our study over the next few months will be “The Roots of the Faith.” This study will focus on key biblical truths that will transform our thinking and allow us to faithfully live out the Christian life. The church provides a live stream of the service each Wednesday at 6:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube. You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

Resources for this Study

50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith – Gregg R. Allision

Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine – Wayne Grudem

Biblical Doctrine: A Systematic Summary of Bible Truth – John MacArthur & Richard Mayhue


Can we really know God?

How much of God can we know?

Because of his self-revelation, God can be known, but never fully understood, by his human creatures

Gregg Allision, page 65

Scripture

Deut. 29:29; Job 11:7-8; Psalm 19:1-4; Jeremiah 9:23-24; Matthew 11:27; John 17:3; Acts 17:22-31; Romans 1:18-25; 1 Corinthians 13:12; 1 John 5:20

God reveals Himself to man

If we are to know God at all, it is necessary that he reveal himself to us.  Even when discussing the revelation of God that comes through nature, Paul says that what can be known about God is plain to people “because God has shown it to them” (Rom 1:19)

“No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him” (Matt. 11:27)

General Revelation – God’s disclosure of Himself to all peoples at all time and in all places (Gregg Allison, page 66)

  • There is a God (creation)
  • Old Covenant – Visions, Dreams, Divine Speech

Special Revelation – God’s disclosure of Himself to particular peoples at particular times and in particular places. (Gregg Allison, page 66)

  • New Covenant – The incarnation, Scripture
  • Salvation.  The way to God.
  • The Spirit of God
  • The Word of God

We can never fully understand God

Because God is infinite, and we are finite or limited, we can never fully understand God.

  • Psalm 145:3
  • Psalm 147:5
  • Rom. 11:33

Because we can never fully know God, then that means that we should never stop learning. We can never know too much about God!

  • Col. 1:9-10

Yet we can know God truly

Because of the New Covenant/The Gospel we can TRULY KNOW Him.

  • John 17:3, Hebrews 8:11, 1 John 2:13

Indeed, truly knowing God himself, which is what happens in this personal relationship with God the Father, with God the Son, and with God the Holy Spirit, may be said to be the greatest of all the blessings of the Christian life.

Wayne Grudem, page 181

Luke 2:8-21 – Jesus Changes Everything

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Jan 1st.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon.  You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

Luke 2:8-20

INTRO

  • Perfect timing for a NEW YEAR sermon.
  •  A NEW YEAR is a NEW YOU
  • Christ is born… what next?
  • The Shepherds give a great example of a changed life.
  • They encounter Christ and begin to live differently

The Message from Heaven – vv. 8-14

  • Angel of the Lord – a messenger with a Word from God
  • Fear Not – Worship, adore. honor and respect, but do not worry.
  • Bring good news of great joy for all people
    • Everything points to this… this is what the world has been waiting for
  • A Savior, Christ the Lord
  • Saves for our sins
  • Lord of our life
    • Authority over all
    • Guidance
    • Provision
  • Heavenly host join in
    • Glory to God in the highest
    • Peace on earth
    • Those whom He is pleased
      • God comes to man
      • God’s favor upon those that are His

The Reaction of the Shepherds – vv. 15-17

  • They heard
  • They discussed
  • They believed
  • They obeyed
    • With haste
    • They went
    • Followed the Word precisely
  • They proclaimed
    • Made known
    • Could not help but share
  • They lived differently
    • glorifying and praising God
    • Trusting (Heard and seen as had been told)
    • God said it… then did it

The Impact on the People – vv. 18-19

  • All who heard
    • Romans 10:9-15
  • Wondered at the words told them
    • Marvel, consider
    • Extraordinary… impressed or disturbed
  • Mary treasured up and pondered
    • To keep close… think through

Luke 2:1-7 – The Time Came

My sermon notes for Sunday morning, Dec 25th.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. The church provides a live stream of the service each Sunday at 10:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube by Sunday afternoon.  You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

Luke 1:1-7 [1] In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. [2] This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. [3] And all went to be registered, each to his own town. [4] And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, [5] to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. [6] And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. [7] And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. (ESV)

INTRO

  • Over the past few weeks (in Luke) we have walked through the coming of Christ.
  • Through the lives of Zechariah, Elizabeth, Mary, and Joseph
  • We saw the birth of John and now we see the birth of Jesus
  • As we gather this Christmas morning… lets consider these few words….THE TIME CAME
  • ALL THINGS HAVE POINTED TO THIS

The Timing of His Birth

  • All things have pointed to the coming of Christ (His Birth, Life, Death, Resurrection, Ascension, Return)
  • John MacArthur – “The message of Scripture is about God’s glory in man’s redemption through one central figure, Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”
  • Erik Thoennes – The main message of the Bible is that the one true God is displaying his glory primarily in redeeming and restoring his fallen creation by fulfilling his covenant promises and commands through the glorious person and atoning work of Christ
  • Genesis 3:15
  • Isaiah 9:6-7
  • Micah 5:2

The Purpose of His Birth

Redemption

  • To rescue
  • Saving captives for captivity (SINNERS FROM SIN)
  • Freedom given through a ransom
  • JESUS FOR OUR SIN

Reconciliation

  • To make right
  • Change completely
  • Restore a relationship
  • GOD AN HIS CREATION
Ephesians 1:7

[3] Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, [4] even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love [5] he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, [6] to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. [7] In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, [8] which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight [9] making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ [10] as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. (ESV)
Colossians 1:13-14

[9] And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, [10] so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; [11] being strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy; [12] giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. [13] He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, [14] in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (ESV)
Colossians 1:20-22

[19] For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, [20] and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.

[21] And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, [22] he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him, [23] if indeed you continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which I, Paul, became a minister. (ESV)