The treasure in what I read today is SO rich. It was difficult to focus on just one thing to write about. The writer of this letter (the Apostle Paul) to the church at Colosse starts this chapter by telling them that his purpose is “that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. ” You see, Paul did not plant this church. As a matter of fact, he had never even been to this church. Yet, his concern for them was just as deep.
Then, he goes on to tell them why he was telling them this:
4 I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. 5 For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how orderly you are and how firm your faith in Christ is. 6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. 8 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. 9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.
Paul warns this new church of the dangers of “fine-sounding arguments.” Paul is warning these people to not get bogged down in senseless arguments of the time – the false Jewish teachers, the gentile philosophies.
The bottom line is this: we need to continue to live in Christ “rooted” and built up in Him. My men’s group is going through a study of the book “Secrets of the Vine” by Bruce Wilkinson. I think God may be telling me something…everywhere I turn, I’m hearing this phrase “rooted in Christ”. We can’t grow unless we’re “rooted”. We can’t grow unless our foundation is on Christ.
Everything we need is found in Christ – not this world and it’s fine-sounding arguments. We have been given fullness in Christ.
grace & peace,