Tag: Fullness in Christ

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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Rooted in Christ!

Scripture reading for September 9th:  Colossians 2

Paul wrote to the Colossians, some of whom he had never met.  He had struggled for them in prayer with a goal in mind.  “My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”  (Colossians 2:2-3)  Paul’s pastor’s heart was with the church and earnestly desired their highest good.  This was found in full understanding of Christ and love of the brethren.

But starting out right is only the first step to a journey of knowing Christ and meeting Him face to face one day. Christ’s followers must grow!  “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.”  (Colossians 2:6-8)   The danger of not growing in Christ and being deeply rooted in Him is deception by our enemy, Satan and this worldly system.  Humanistic philosophy puts man at the center of everything instead of Christ!

“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been give fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.”  (Colossians 2:9-10)  Through the Holy Spirit, the church has been given fullness in the God-Man, Jesus Christ.  Christ Jesus is over all worldly powers and authorities, including Satan!  Christians must be rooted in Him!

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In Christ alone!

Scripture reading for October 6th: Colossians 2:8-23

“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.” (Colossians 2:8)   Paul’s straight-forward warning to these believers is also for us today.  Our western world is full of hollow and deceptive philosophy, often taught in the church!  Examples might include  ‘positive thinking’, ‘God wants you rich’, ‘keep these rules’, or ‘there are many ways to be saved’.

“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.  In Him, you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not  with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, having been buried with  Him in baptism and raised with Him through your faith in the power of God, who raised Him from the dead.” (Colossians 2:9-12)  Believers have all they need in Christ alone!  In Him we have been given fullness of salvation.  Christ is head over all power and authority in heaven and on earth.  He circumcised us internally as we placed our faith in His sacrifice through the cross.

The false teachers were trying to get these believers to keep certain religious festivals and go through certain rituals like circumcision.  They were being told that what they ate or didn’t eat made them holy.  These were probably the Jewish dietary laws.  Paul told them that these were only a shadow of the reality that they had in Christ Himself.  (Colossians 2:17)  These have the appearance of wisdom but are of no value in restraining sensual indulgence!  (Colossians 2:20-23)

Another aspect of these false teachers was supernatural visions and contact with angels.  They used these visions to distract the believers from Christ and take them another direction.  I believe that the church today must be discerning about those who claim to be prophets and use supernatural experiences to attract a crowd.  Not all who come in the name of Christ are really of Him.  In Christ alone and His holy word do we have safety and salvation.  Test everything by the Spirit and Word.  Pray for a knowledge of God’s will in all wisdom and discernment!  Don’t worry, God will keep you safe!

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In Christ alone!

Scripture reading for October 6th: Colossians 2:8-23

“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.” (Colossians 2:8)   Paul’s straight-forward warning to these believers is also for us today.  Our western world is full of hollow and deceptive philosophy, often taught in the church!  Examples might include  ‘positive thinking’, ‘God wants you rich’, ‘keep these rules’, or ‘there are many ways to be saved’.

“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.  In Him, you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not  with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, having been buried with  Him in baptism and raised with Him through your faith in the power of God, who raised Him from the dead.” (Colossians 2:9-12)  Believers have all they need in Christ alone!  In Him we have been given fullness of salvation.  Christ is head over all power and authority in heaven and on earth.  He circumcised us internally as we placed our faith in His sacrifice through the cross.

The false teachers were trying to get these believers to keep certain religious festivals and go through certain rituals like circumcision.  They were being told that what they ate or didn’t eat made them holy.  These were probably the Jewish dietary laws.  Paul told them that these were only a shadow of the reality that they had in Christ Himself.  (Colossians 2:17)  These have the appearance of wisdom but are of no value in restraining sensual indulgence!  (Colossians 2:20-23)

Another aspect of these false teachers was supernatural visions and contact with angels.  They used these visions to distract the believers from Christ and take them another direction.  I believe that the church today must be discerning about those who claim to be prophets and use supernatural experiences to attract a crowd.  Not all who come in the name of Christ are really of Him.  In Christ alone and His holy word do we have safety and salvation.  Test everything by the Spirit and Word.  Pray for a knowledge of God’s will in all wisdom and discernment!  Don’t worry, God will keep you safe!

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