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Nothing more. Nothing less.

July 5, 2017

 

Paul writes to the Colossians, reminding them that all that they need in Christ. Nothing more and nothing less than Christ.

Particularly in chapter two, this desire of Paul is clearly seen.

…to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments (Colossians 2:2b-4).

His desire for the believers was that they would be able to comprehend fully who Christ is. All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are in Him. To fully comprehend Christ would lead to a complete knowledge of God, wisdom for dealing with each day, and a comprehension of things that could not be otherwise understood. That was his desire for the Christians in Colossae.

Why was that knowledge of Christ so important? “In order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments.”

It might sound good, but the argument in some way detracts from Christ. Then it’s wrong.

The argument is repeated a few verses later:

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. (Colossians 2:8-10).

The concepts that someone might even preach from a pulpit could be filled with philosophy and empty deceit. If they’re not filled with Christ, beware.

Why? Because Christ is fully God and Christ dwells in us (verses 9-10). We have everything we need when we have Christ. We don’t need the philosophy and empty deceit, when we have Christ.

In the next verses Paul reverses the order.

And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.

16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath.17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. 18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions,puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind (Colossians 2:13-18).

Because Christ has set us free, because He has forgive us all our trespasses, because He has canceled the debt, the outward rules and regulation are invalid.

Don’t let someone talk you into going back to the dietary or festal laws of the laws of Moses. Don’t let someone claim that you have to fast, beat yourself with whips, pray til you bleed, make a pilgrimage…or anything else.

It’s all accomplished. The work is completed. One-hundred percent.

Christ alone. And nothing more than Christ.

Nothing more. Nothing less.

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