This one will have to be short as my internet is being too slow to write a longer post.
Colossians 2 is much along the same vein of the previous chapter, which is discussing the character of Christ. This is what it tells us:
- He is the mystery of God;
- All of God’s treasures are hidden in Christ;
- The fullness of Deity lives in bodily form in him;
- He is head over every power and authority;
- God makes us alive through Christ;
- All reality is found in Christ.
It also tells us, once again, how we’ve been saved through Christ. Because of Christ’s death, the debt of sin was paid and the powers and authorities over us were disarmed. We died in baptism with Christ.
So, what should we do in response to this amazing news of Christ? Well, Colossians 2 tells us this as well.
“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
Also, because of Christ we can be free from human religious tradition. We should test what appears to have spiritual wisdom, to see whether or not it is truly of God. If it serves to build our lives in Christ, then it is helpful. If however, like circumcision, it detracts or puts undue power in works of the flesh, then it is not helpful.
I love that many of Paul’s letters start with prayers of thanksgiving for the people it’s addressed to. It’s much nice than our usual, “How was your holiday to Majorca? Colossians is no exception in this.
Colossians talks about the gospel and I really love these verses:
… In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world — just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace.Verse 6
I love that Paul is talking about the gospel having a power to be fruitful and to grow and spread. I pray that this continues today so that every tongue and tribe may know the gospel of Jesus.
And then again comes a really awesome prayer for the Colossians church.
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.Verses 9-12
That is one long sentence. However, those verses deserve breaking down a little bit. So these are things I’ve noticed:
- Paul’s commitment to praying for believers. Not only does he write these prayers in his letters, but I believe him when he says he hasn’t stopped praying for them.
- That God gives wisdom and understanding, not Wikipedia or CNN or clever books. We need the Holy Spirit in us for this.
- This wisdom and understanding serves to glorify and please God. Anything that claims to be wisdom and understanding but doesn’t do that is just fake.
- God causes our good works to bear fruit – not us.
- God gives us knowledge of himself.
- God strengthens us. And not just a little, he strengthens us with all power according to his glorious might. His might is indeed glorious – it made the whole world after all.
- This power results in patience and endurance.
- We should give thanks joyfully.
- God qualifies us; we don’t qualify ourselves through our own efforts.
- We share in the inheritance of holy people.
- We belong to the kingdom of the light.
Wow, all that in three verses.
I’ll stop there for now, because the next section of Colossians 1 is great and equally packed. So, to avoid this becoming an essay, I’ll leave it there.