Rooted In Jesus Christ
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Rooted In Jesus Christ
Now, this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words. For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. As you, therefore, have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. (Colossians 2:4-7, NKJV)
Those who told the Colossians to find wisdom and knowledge apart from the simplicity of Jesus were very persuasive. The lure of “hidden” and “deep” wisdom and knowledge can be both strong and deceptive.
Paul did not say that they had already been deceived, but he clearly saw the danger and warned them about it.
It might sound simple, but deceivers are deceivers. They won’t announce their false doctrine as false doctrine, and it will often be similar enough to the truth to be dangerous.
Through prayer – the core of his conflict mentioned in Colossians 2:1, Paul genuinely felt he was among the Colossian Christians in spirit, even though he was absent in the flesh.
“Paul’s sense of being spiritually present with his absent friends could be extraordinarily strong and vivid. Perhaps the most remarkable example is found in 1 Corinthians 5:3-5, where he speaks of himself as present in spirit at a church meeting in Corinth (at a time when he was resident in Ephesus).” – F.F. Bruce
Continuing with the thought from the previous verse, Paul did not see a Colossian church that was given over to heresy. They were in serious danger, but they were still in good order and displayed the steadfastness of their faith.
This is a wonderful rule for Christian living. We cannot perfect in the flesh what was begun in the Spirit; therefore just as you received Jesus, walk in Him in the same way. The simple things of the Christian life provide continual and reliable spiritual fuel for growth. We always have to be reminded of the things we have been taught.
“That is, Paul, is speaking of the doctrines regarding the Person and Work of the Lord Jesus, rather than of Him personally, for the former were involved in the Colossian heresy.” – Kenneth Wuest
“He does not receive his qualities and attributes [of holiness] as things apart from the Lord Jesus; but receiving Him, he obtains them. The holy man is he who has learned the art of receiving Jesus.” – F.B. Meyer
Paul used a curious combination of metaphors. As Christians, we walk, but we are also rooted, and we are also built up. The metaphors are somewhat mixed, but the message is clear: be established and keep growing.
Lord God, we seek to follow in Spirit and in truth. Guide us and instruct us through You word. Grant us confirmation by the inner witness of Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus name, Amen.
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