Read Colossians 2:6-8
I. Stay Firm in Christ. In our Sunday School material Paul urges his readers to continue to live in Christ Jesus. Such living is known for thankfulness. It avoids being taken captive by the hollow and deceptive philosophies of people.
- Continuing in Christ. Notice in vss. 6-7 of our Sunday School material that acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord should lead to continuing in Christ with overflowing thankfulness.
First, to accept Christ as Lord means to accept Him as master, the boss, and the one who is charge of your life. The telling evidence of Jesus really being our Lord is not what we say but what we do.
Second, if Jesus was Lord, He should still be Lord of our lives. A regular habit of prayerful study with the support of other believers will help us to continue to strive for obedience.
Third, there should be an overflowing thankfulness. As hard as we may try to live an obedient life, we fall along the way. But yet the Lord keeps on loving us.
Thus, we should be thankful for another chance, the promised blessings of obedience, and all of the many blessings that God has already showered on us. Let’s work on continuing in Christ as our Lord and with thanksgiving.
- Hollow and deceptive philosophies. Notice in vs. 8 of our Sunday School material the urging to keep people from taking you captive with hollow and deceptive philosophies. There are those who teach, as truth, those things that are not - they are hollow.
Sometimes they teach these hollow philosophies out of ignorance. They think they are right, even though they are really wrong.
But then there are those who are deceptive. They are trying to trick you into something other than what they are saying on the surface. But thank God, if the philosophies are hollow or deceptive, through Christ, we can avoid being made a captive to such.
Let’s work on remaining free from hollow and deceptive philosophies. Prayerfully studying and obeying God’s word with the support of other believers will help us live out this application.
Read Colossians 2:9-15
II. Reasons for Firm Faith. Paul goes on in our Sunday School material to talk about the uniqueness of Christ. He talks about the spiritual circumcision of believers. He discusses how forgiveness has been afforded to believers because of the ministry of Christ.
- The uniqueness of Jesus. Notice in vss. 9-10 the uniqueness of Christ. There is no one like Him. It would be easy to get an “amen” for this idea. However, the greatest evidence that we really believe that Jesus is so unique is that we are obey His will.
At the core of the will of Christ are the issues of accepting Him as savior and lord and then loving God and others, as we love ourselves. Let’s live like we believe that Jesus is in a class all by Himself.
- Circumcision through Christ. Notice in vs. 11 the mention of circumcision. In the Old Testament, Jewish men were circumcised to identify with God. In the New Testament, believers experience a spiritual circumcision by way of Christ.
That is to say, we are identified with God, not by a physical ritual but by a spiritual one. Notice that where as the Old Testament circumcision was for men, the New Testament circumcision through Christ is for male and female.
Let’s be so thankful for the spiritual circumcision through Christ that we obey Him. The very least we can do is worship God with enthusiasm and give to Him like we trust His promises.
- Resurrected believers. Notice in vs. 12 of our Sunday School material the mention of baptism. Water baptism is important. However, if one is not saved and committed to the meaning of water baptism, one is doing little more than getting wet.
Everyone who gets baptized should be committing to dying to the ways of this world and living a resurrected life according to the teachings of Jesus. It is unfortunate that too many people seem to be so unconnected to the true meaning of baptism.
Let’s live as resurrected believers. Again such living should be known for obedience.
- Forgiveness and victory. Notice in vss. 13-15 that Jesus paid for our forgiveness. That is to say, He paid to have our sin debts cancelled.
Furthermore, there is victory in Jesus. Consequently, we should live as those whose debts have been cancelled and who have victory in Jesus. This type of living should be known for avoiding any feelings or behaviors of guilt from the past.
It should be known for gladness of spirit because of victory in Jesus. It should also be known for humility, because the forgiveness and victory are gifts from the Lord, not something that we have earned. Let’s live like forgiven people who have victory in Jesus.
Conclusion: Let’s work on continuing to live for Christ. God has much for those who obey His will.
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