Wisdom in Christ

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Maturity

We can see how the heart of the Apostle Paul beat with tender affection and deep concern for his Colossian readers (v. 1). He longed that they might present a united front to the enemy, and that they might fully mature and appreciate the mystery of the Godhead which he was explaining to them (v. 2). Before tackling the doctrinal intrusion that needs to be dealt with, the apostle wishes to establish as close a relationship as possible with his readers. He does not want them to interpret his counsel in a offensive way but they will realize that he has a genuine desire to help them.

In the Christian life, we never stand still. We either go forward or we gradually slip backward. The Christian who is not making spiritual progress is an open target for the enemy to attack and destroy. Paul not only preached Christ, but he also “taught Christ,” for in Christ are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (v. 3).

Note that Paul does not command these Colossians to expel their false teachers. Instead, he says let no one deceive you (v.4). He has given them the truth about Christ and expects them to be able to hold their own with these false teachers. The words order and steadfast (v. 5) are military terms. Order describes the arrangement of the army in ranks. Steadfastness pictures the soldiers in battle formation, presenting a solid front to the enemy. They had an unshaken commitment to the Lord and the advancement of His kingdom. We are not to be fooled by Satan’s lies. Know the truth of God’s Word, and be battle-ready through a disciplined life and an unswerving commitment to Jesus Christ.

Application

Am I a growing Christian or am I actually standing still in my Christian life? I need to remember that standing still is like coasting on a bicycle. When I’m coasting I’m going downhill.

Colossians 2:1-7 (English Standard Version)

For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ. 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.

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