In preparation for an upcoming study of the book of Colossians, I spent some time listening to a few sermons this morning.
In particular, I focused my attention on the second chapter. I was drawn to the following scriptures in which the Apostle Paul warns the church body of false teaching and ideas that contradict what they have learned about Christ.
Colossians 2: 6-7
My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you’ve been given. You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You’re deeply rooted in him. You’re well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you’ve been taught. School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving.
Watch out for people who try to dazzle you with big words and intellectual double-talk. They want to drag you off into endless arguments that never amount to anything. They spread their ideas through the empty traditions of human beings and the empty superstitions of spirit beings. But that’s not the way of Christ. Everything of God gets expressed in him, so you can see and hear him clearly. You don’t need a telescope, a microscope, or a horoscope to realize the fullness of Christ, and the emptiness of the universe without him. When you come to him, that fullness comes together for you, too. His power extends over everything.
Let us remember to rely on God’s word and not the words of men to guide our thinking and ultimately our actions. We are bombarded with the “intellect” of men daily. Isn’t it easy to get caught up in listening to the wisdom of men on CNN, Fox News and the like?
Paul admonished the Colossians that the ideas that they embrace do matter. Are the ideas that we accept today grounded in man’s wisdom or the word of truth?
Thanks for visiting AnEncouragedHeart. Signing off…God Bless! Cynthia