Monday, September 14, 2015

COLOSSIANS—Conclusion of the Matter

Paul concludes his letter to the Colossians with a long list of various things we are to quit doing if we belong to Christ.


This is where many folks make their mistake.

For some reason the focus shifts from being "in Christ" to not being "in the flesh." The emphasis shifts to what must I quit doing rather than who I am.

Knowing—a deep-seated, down-in-the-heart type of knowing—who you are will bring changes into your life with far more quality than anything you can ever pull off on your own.

But, it's not as if these warnings and admonitions are unimportant. They are very important to the life of the believer.

Because of who you are, you are no longer obligated to do these things. Your nature has changed. You now have the power to undo the ruts in your brain that produce these habits.

So, when you see one of these things showing up in your life, you are to "mortify" it, put it to death. (Col. 3:5)

Maintaining the proper focus is key, however, to living victoriously in this present life.

Instead of trying to NOT do something, Paul lets us know the things we should DO. From personal experience, I can assure you that it is much easier to DO something, rather than trying to NOT do something.

That is why he wrote to the Galatians and said to "Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. (Gal. 5:16) 
Notice that he did not say, "Don't fulfil the lust of the flesh so that you can walk in the Spirit." It just doesn't work that way.

And so, after admonishing us more than once to avoid the many methods of deception that will come at us, and after giving us these characteristics of the flesh that we are no longer subject to, he wraps it up with one final statement.

This statement is the summary of all that he has written in this beautiful letter.
  • It gives us the key for avoiding the deception. 
  • It gives us the key for recalling who we are. 
  • It gives us the key for keeping the flesh and its lusts at bay and ineffective in our life. 
  • It gives us the key for seeing the kingdom of God in earth.
The statement echoes the key to freedom that Jesus gave us in John 8:31-32.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom (Col. 3:16a)
Personally, it is the wisdom aspect of that verse that I have been praying for, because I see that it is in such short supply in my life. I've got the Word. It's using it wisely that I'm aiming for.

What about you?
Does the word of Christ dwell in you?
Does it dwell in you richly?
Does it dwell in you in wisdom?

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