Our All Sufficient Savior (Colossians 2:1-10)Rev. Dr. Sid Dyer, July 4, 2021
Preached at a Sunday Morning service
We go through aggravation and frustration in trying to solve problems, not remembering that we possess a key, the Lord Jesus Christ. The first 10 verses of Colossians show us this key. Paul had an agonizing internal conflict for the churches in Colossae and in Laodicea. He is praying for their steadfastness in the face of false teachers. Paul prayed for their encouragement through mutual love. He desires for them to attain spiritual riches, through the full assurance of understanding. Genuine believers have assurance through knowledge of the mystery, not the false teachers. The source of these treasures is Jesus Christ. Those who are drawn away from the truth into cults usually do not have a true relationship with Jesus Christ. Paul showed deep concern for believers that they would fall prey to deceit. We need to have our minds saturated with scripture so that we know how to spot deceitful lies from false teachers. Even strong congregations need to be on guard. Congregations must continue to walk in Christ. This means to walk by faith. We must be directed by the Holy Spirit. We must stick to the gospel by which we were saved. We must be rooted and built up in Him. Roots provide nourishment and stability. We must add thanksgiving to the faith we walk in. We must avoid the traditions of men, which is legalism. The church's wellbeing rests in Christ, based on His deity. His deity and sovereignty gives us fullness in Him. Are we living in self-imposed spiritual deprivation?
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Colossians 2:1–10 (Listen)
2:1 For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. 5 For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.
6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
8 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. 9 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.