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CHRIST THE CENTRE OF THE BIBLE. Colossians.

Marilyn C

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COLOSSIANS - Christ, Pre-eminent in All Things.

 

The Apostle Paul also wrote this letter to the believers in Colosse, while he was in prison. Epaphras, a faithful minister to the believers at Colosse, had come to tell Paul of the heresies that were creeping into the church there.

These heresies had broken out among the younger believers, misleading them and calling for the worship of angels and a strict observance of Jewish ceremonies. This heresy was a mixture of Jewish, Greek and Oriental religions. Paul warns -

`Beware lest anyone should cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world,...

Let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths....

Let no one defraud you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels.....` (Col. 2: 8, 16 & 18)

 

The failure of the Colossians was at this very point, “not holding fast to the Head.”  (Col. 2: 19) Some thought that Jesus was but a man, and Christ the divine Spirit which came at baptism and left Him at the cross. This meant that Christ did not die but simply Jesus died.

 These false teachings had sought to dethrone Christ in people`s minds. They denied His headship of the Church. To help answer them, Paul sends this letter back by Epaphras. He specifically writes on the pre-eminence  and the deity of Christ.

`He is the image of the invisible God, the first born over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether throne or dominions or principalities or powers,

All things were created through Him and for Him, and He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

And He is the Head of the Body, the Church, who is the beginning, the first born from the dead, that in all things He may have the pre-eminence.` (Col. 1: 15 - 18)

 

Paul encourages the Colossians, saying, that we are complete in Christ. We are rooted and built up, we are grounded and settled. Paul lays the facts of this building up process  in the four chapters of the letter -

The deeper life, the higher life, the inner life and the outer life.

 

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Ah yes young believers (not just chronological age here) today are such a target for these bells and whistles lets feel good why don’t we, quite often using  a psychological basis, nothing wrong with feeling good… but at the cost of spiritual discernment a high cost

 

Just a few days ago a Methodist church shame on them were running an angel workshop gee what is going on at first I thought have they got into bed with the mormons there was nothing about Jesus. Its really really sad people need guidance like never before and we get this!

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Hi mabel,

Yes it seems so many have itching ears and always wanting something new, something to excite, touch or taste etc. But nothing compares with understanding that Christ is our Saviour, His great heart for us, His exaltation, and His great desire to draw us to Himself.

As we `feed` on Him our hearts are encouraged and strengthened. Nothing else will satisfy.

Thanks again, mabel, for your insightful comments.

Marilyn. 

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4 hours ago, existential mabel said:

angel workshop

WOW!   Things are movin' along really fast now.......  I have heard of other things like this - in the USA I think .... it's awful.

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58 minutes ago, Marilyn C said:

As we `feed` on Him our hearts are encouraged and strengthened. Nothing else will satisfy.

Yes, Marilyn, my analogy is that they are "feeding on artificial grass" - it has no truth or nutrition whatsoever.  Jesus is our treasure in heaven and no amount of earthly things can measure up to Him...... in fact shouldn't even be included in the same sentence.

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