Colossians Bible Study The Truth about Religion – Perceive the Truth Regarding Christians
Colossians 2:5-75 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ. 6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. — Colossians 2:5-7 KJV
A New Way
Colossians 2:5 (KJB) “For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.”
Let’s not forget Paul was not able to be with the Christians in Colosse because he had been arrested and was in chains in Rome. Paul says yet I am with you in spirit. Just as you and I can, we can close our eyes and imagine we are somewhere else with believers that are being persecuted or who need to be built up in Jesus Christ. Paul in Colossians 1:2 reminds us we can be in Christ and we can be in the Spirit. Paul was in Christ at Rome, but he was also in Christ at Colosse with the Christians. Paul says that he had joy while in the spirit he could behold their order and steadfastness in faith in Christ. Paul was in Christ in Rome, and the Christians were in Christ and where two or more are gathered the Lord is present (Matthew 18:20). But Paul was also in the Spirit with the believers in Colosse. He was in Christ and in the Spirit.
In prayer, we can be in God’s presence and also right there in our church or home. We can be with persecuted chistians in Pakistan or India or the middle of the jungle with missionaries reaching remote tribes. We can pray for those whose ministry it is to reach people in distant places, as well as right where you’re at now. We have a new way being in Christ and in the Spirit.
Colossians 2:6 (KJB) “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him.”
Notice the order – Christ Jesus the Lord. When Paul speaks of Jesus Christ the name, Jesus is emphatic. Here Christ has the emphasis. Meaning the Messiah, the One who is now exalted and glorified. It was Christ, the Messiah, that the cultists were trying to debase and whose deity and humanity they were attacking. Just as the Colossians we have received Christ in our hearts, and we must so walk ye in Him. When you go to work do you follow the orders of your employer, or do you question everything? To be a good employee, you must follow the rules given by management. In our daily lives, the worst that can happen if we don’t obey rules is death. But think of this:
Matthew 10:28 (KJB) “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”
The cultists much like the New Age Movement today made a distinction between the man Jesus and the “The Christ,” or Messiah. Like many today including the New Age Bibles, they attack the deity of Christ Jesus. Paul soundly refutes this false teaching. Notice Paul carries out the thought to “Christ Jesus” and says “Christ Jesus the Lord.” The Lord speaks of authority and Lordship, the absolute Master and Owner of all. Recall what Paul said in Chapter 1:
Colossians 1:16-17 (KJB) “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”
We do indeed have new leadership.
Colossians 2:7 (KJB) “Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”
Abiding & Abounding in Him! Paul begins with a farming comparison – we are rooted, in Him. Then Paul switches to a building comparison, built up in Him. We are planted in deep well-prepared soil to grow. But we are builtup upon a Solid Rock which cannot be shaken. Like a great tree, our roots often cannot be seen, but the roots are the life and foundation, the root system often is equal to the breadth of the branches. As the branches grow wider the roots of a tree goes deeper and spreads further. Thus, we are rooted in Christ. The root is developed in equal portions to the branches. But the branches are what is seen by those around us. A believer who has deep roots like a mighty Oak is indestructible. We will not be overthrown by some soft, passing breeze of a phony cult.
Unbelievers often view the Christian life as boring, dull or drab. To us, the Christian life is ablaze with the light of knowledge and the glory of God as seen in the face of Jesus Christ. Paul had seen this light in the face of Stephen when he watched him being murdered for the cause of Christ. The face of Stephen must have haunted Paul in the days following Stephens death. That was until Paul saw that light again on the Damascus road and declared, my Lord and my God!
We have as a Christian a new perception – We are Rooted & Built up in Him!