As promised, I mentioned in my last post that the theme of Jesus Christ as the only Way, Truth & Life has unsettled me. Not because I don’t believe it…quite the contrary. But because more than ever I think it’s important to remind ourselves, as well as our brothers and sisters in Christ of the significance and urgency of this message.
Over and over, I continue to come across outright heresies and false teachings on the internet via twitter, Facebook and blogs. For more than two weeks, I’ve pondered what God would have me write. I’ve spent the last week poring over God’s Word and researching the topic in great depth, and in that time, I’ve had Truth-sharing and Faith-filled living friends slandered, falsely accused, attacked on the most disgusting levels.
And this is the passage in Colossians 2 that started my unsettling (vs. 1-10, emphasis mine):
“I want you to know how hard I am contending for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally. My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.
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.
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.
For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.”
If possible, read the passage again. What jumps out at you?
I’m going to share with you the TWO parts that caught my attention first.
First, “in Christ.” Notice how many times that is repeated? If a teaching takes my focus off of Jesus Christ as the Way, the Truth & the Life, it’s false. Period. If anyone adds to that message or deletes from it, it’s false.
Second, “See to it that no one takes you captive…” This is of major significance. We are responsible to know the Truth, to test what others tell us, whether friend, leader or foe, and compare it to God’s Word. False teachings, legalism, faith based on human tradition, heresies, partial Truth mixed with rubbish, self-help solutions, Christian principles aligned with other gods or atheists….on and on…we’re responsible to know how the Truth compares to these messages.
Readers, commit to me two things: Pray and spend time in God’s Word. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the Truth to you as you pray and read and study. Especially on this subject. I commit to do the same, as if I had a choice, ‘cuz it won’t leave me alone.
So I’m veering away from journal/sharing style for just a little while to cover what the Lord is teaching me (and I’m sure I don’t even know the half of it yet)…I’ll go until the Holy Spirit leads me to stop. Stay tuned, please pray how God would have you respond to what you learn from His Word, which I will share from my blog, as well as refer you to other Truth-telling teachers on the subject.
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