Attaining The Fullness Of Jesus Christ
that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Colossians 2:2-3, NKJV)
Paul wanted these Christians to be fit for heroic action.
Paul wanted this because he was concerned about their unity. The unity wouldn’t come from coercion, but love.
Paul wanted this because he was concerned about their understanding. He knew that their unity and steadfastness was not just a matter of love, but also of growing together in God’s truth.
Paul knew that their unity came from not only love but also from the truth, from both being knit together in love and growing in the understanding and knowledge of God’s truth.
The true wisdom Paul wanted them to know in Jesus would bring them together – indeed, knit them together in love – instead of dividing them the way that false wisdom did.
For Paul, real riches were found in the believer’s full assurance. Many lack full assurance about the character of God and are unconvinced that He is really good and loving. Others lack full assurance of their salvation and wonder if their Christian life is for real. Great freedom and confidence comes when we come to this full assurance.
The term mystery of God is used in a few different ways in the New Testament. Here, Paul uses the term regarding the character and person of God – something we could not know unless it was revealed by Him.
“The word ‘Christ’ is in the same case as ‘mystery,’ placing it in apposition with it. The mystery is Christ.” – Kenneth Wuest
“Others might lead them astray with specious talk of mysteries; but there was one mystery above all others – the mystery of God’s loving purpose, disclosed in Christ alone – and Paul’s concern was that they should come to know this all-surpassing mystery, and know it as an indwelling presence.” F.F. Bruce
Three mysteries are described in Colossians 1:24 through 2:3:
- The Church as the Body of Christ, for which Paul suffered and served (1:24-26).
- The Indwelling Christ, the hope of glory in each individual believer (1:27).
- The Revealed Jesus, the treasury of all wisdom and knowledge (2:2-3).
This is an important idea in Paul’s letter to the Colossians. With this, Paul refuted some of the bad teaching troubling the Colossian Christians. They were influenced by teachers who told them to seek the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, but not to seek them in Jesus. Paul wrote, “You will only find all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge in Jesus. He has them all.” It’s not wrong to seek after wisdom and knowledge, but we must seek it all in Jesus
“‘Hidden’ does not, however, mean that they are concealed but rather that they are laid up or stored away as a treasure.” – Curtis Vaughn
“Everything we might want to ask about God and his purposes can and must now be answered – this is the force of the verse – with reference to the crucified and risen Jesus, the Messiah.” – N.T. Wright
“He is indeed the Mystery of God, profound in the wonder of His being, and yet so real that the tiniest child talks of Him with sweet familiarity.” – G. Campbell Morgan
When Paul describes the truth of God with words like riches and treasures, he reminds us that God’s truth is precious and worthy of sacrificial seeking.
Abba Father God, thank You for Your great love and salvation which was paid for in blood by our Lord Jesus. Grant us the desire of our hearts to know Him fully. Jesus, You are our all in all. In Jesus name, Amen.
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