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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Colossians 2:2-7

Colossians 2:2-7 My 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. I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. 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. 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.

Paul prayed that the church would be filled with courage so it could cope with any situation. And he prayed that the members would be knit together in love. Love is the most important thing in a Christian’s life. Love of God, love of fellowman. Like the song says, “They’ll know we are Christians by our love.”

Paul prays that the church is equipped for every kind of wisdom. The power to grasp the truth when we see it, the knowledge of what action to take in any situation. Paul says all this wisdom is hidden in Christ.

Remember the Gnostics believed you needed some secret knowledge. When Paul says the real knowledge is in Christ he means it’s open to all men everywhere. The truth of Christianity is not a secret which is hidden: it is a secret which is revealed.

Where is says, “you received Christ Jesus as Lord” – that’s the beginning of your relationship with Him. So live in Him! Everyday we are to be aware of His presence and guiding. “Rooted and built up in Him”. This is like the roots of a plant, the roots being the nourishment to the plant to help it grow. They also secure it in the ground to keep it strong.

“Abounding in thanksgiving”. We’re to tell in words and show in life our gratitude to God for all He has done for us.

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