Abide Together: Reflections on Colossians 2-3
In Colossians 2 Paul exhorts the Church at Colossae not to fall for the false teaching coming their way. He warns them of the philosophy of the world and the traditions of men that rely on human effort to be made right with God. He tells them they have been made complete in Christ, for he has dealt completely with their sin on the cross. Through the cross He took them from death to life, therefore they were now truly free to live. The false teachers of the day were saying it was Jesus plus doing certain things (observing certain days, circumcision, eating certain foods, etc…) that made a person right with God. Paul said this is wrong, it is Jesus plus nothing that makes a person right with God. Jesus + nothing = everything. And when Jesus lives in you, it will result in a life that seeks to honor the Lord in everything. Lord, thank you that I truly live, because Christ lives in me and I can now live in a way that brings You glory.
In Colossians 3 Paul tells the Church at Colossae since they have died to their old life, then they need to daily put aside those things from the old life and live as their new self. Based on the fact that they are now in Christ they are to put off things such as; anger, wrath, malice, slander and abusive speech. At the same time they are to put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, love, etc… These are now the natural things that should flow from the life of a follower of Christ. He also exhorts them to allow God’s Word to dwell in them, which will result in relationships that bring glory to God. Lord, thank You for making me into a new man in Christ, so that I can now live for your glory.
– Bryan McKenzie
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