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Rooted in Christ Jesus

Scripture reading for June 8th: Colossians 2

Key Scriptures: Colossians 2:6-10 “Therefore, as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in Him, Who is the head of all rule and authority.”

Paul was concerned for the Colossian believers because of false teachers. These teachers were in the church and sought to gain control over believers through philosophy and human tradition. They often used dreams and visions of angels to captivate people’s attention and make themselves appear super-spiritual. Paul’s remedy was to encourage these believers to be rooted in Christ Jesus as Lord and to grow in the knowledge and wisdom of Christ through studying God’s Word. Christ was the Head of all rule and authority, not angels or those with visions. Believers must follow Christ alone as the preeminent One!

Colossians 2:18-19 “Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from Whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.”

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, give me daily discernment in these times to follow You alone and not become distracted by those claiming to have dreams and visions, but not anchored in Jesus as Lord. Use me to help others to become rooted and established in Biblical faith. Thank You for Christ Jesus, my Lord!

Ephesians 3:17-19 “. . .so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith–that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses all knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.”

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Rooted in Christ

Scripture reading for September 9th:  Colossians 2, Psalm 30, Proverbs 26

Key Scriptures:  Colossians 2:6-10  ‘Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.  See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.  For in Him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in Him, who is the head of all rule and authority.”  

The true Gospel message teaches Jesus Christ as Lord of all and as having the fullness of God in human flesh.  There are lots of other philosophies and human traditions that teach something different.  Paul warned the Colossians not to be taken in by anything that did not exalt Jesus Christ as coming as God in human flesh and Lord of all heaven and earth.  We must go deeper in knowing Christ Jesus and overflow with thanksgiving that we have a God who understands human weakness.

Faith Confession:  I am thankful that Jesus Christ our Lord came as a human man and showed me the fullness of God.  I desire to be deeply rooted in Christ and built up in my faith concerning His wisdom, divine power, holiness, righteousness, and preeminence over all authority.

Proverbs 26:12  “Do you see a man wise in his own eyes?  There is more hope for a fool than for him.”

 

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Rooted in Christ Jesus

Scripture reading for September 8th:  Colossians 2

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Colossians 2:6-9  “So then,  just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.  See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.  For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.”

There were false teachers roaming about in Colossae.  These teachers were using false “humility” and visions of angels that they had supposedly seen to draw members of the Church away from true faith in Christ Jesus.  Paul warned this church of the danger that they faced and encouraged them to go deeper in Christ and become rooted and built up in Him and the faith that comes from studying His word and not the fleshly and puffed up visions of the false teachers.  In Christ alone is Deity in bodily form and by faith in Him is fullness given to all who believe.  Beware of counterfeits!

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers are saved by faith in Christ Jesus and become rooted and strengthened in Him by growing in faith and full dependency on Christ’s fullness and sufficiency.  In this way they spot false teachers and avoid their traps!  “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!  Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.  Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?”  (Isaiah 55:1-2)

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