Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Colossians 1:24-2:7

The more I read and study the Bible, the more convinced I become of its eternal truth hood. From the lessons to be learned from the Old Testament to the warnings and teachings of the New Testament, the Bible is full of practical, relevant and life-giving lessons. Today’s passage is no different as Paul lets the Colossian readers know that he is writing to remind them to be true to gospel they originally heard.

This was necessary because of false teachers in the church who preached a gospel other than the one taught by Paul. Paul was concerned that these false teachers would deceive others by their fine-sounding arguments. That concern is also one that Jesus had since he tells us that “false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect – if that were possible” (Matt 24:24).

That concern is also pertinent today. There are many fine-sounding arguments put forth in today’s culture that preach a gospel other than the one of the Bible. The number of different “takes” on who Jesus is and what He has done are staggering and these interpretations run the same potential for deception as the false teachings to which Paul refers.

So what are we to do? First and foremost, we need to focus on Christ by grounding ourselves in the Bible. By becoming fully acquainted with the Bible, we are able to quickly and easily discern those things that are contrary to it. We also need to be sure that we submit ourselves to sound Bible teaching and finally, as today’s last verse puts it: “...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.” Amen.

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