How to Obtain Fullness in Christ-Colossians 2:6-11

Colossians 2:6-11 “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.”
Colossesi 2:6-11 “Come dunque avete ricevuto Cristo Gesù, il Signore, così camminate in lui; radicati ed edificati in lui, saldi nella fede, come vi è stata insegnata, e abbondando nel ringraziamento. 8 Guardate che nessuno faccia di voi sua preda con la filosofia e con vani raggiri secondo la tradizione degli uomini e gli elementi del mondo e non secondo Cristo; perché in lui abita corporalmente tutta la pienezza della Deità; 10 e voi avete tutto pienamente in lui, che è il capo di ogni principato e di ogni potestà; 
     The Epistle of Colossians was written to encourage believers that divinity belongs to Christ. In the preceding verses, Paul addresses this divinity by saying that in Him we are reconciled, understand the mystery of God, attain completeness and wisdom and subsequently, he begins to summarize his arguments (“so then”). The message is clear and straightforward: “continue”. The word used for continue literally means “to walk”. Our Christian life is a continual walk in the direction of Christ.
     Paul then carefully lays out how to continually walk in Him. The plan is simple: Be rooted, built up and strengthened by the Word, overlaying everything with thankfulness. It is still amazing how some Christians know this but don’t apply it. We can’t walk a godly path without having our navigation monitored, our support undergirded and being given strength to take the next step. This all comes from following the simple blueprint. As a result, we will not be led astray.
     The Colossian believers faced the same detractors that can take anyone captive: deceptive philosophy. Notice that Paul is not against philosophy but states that deceptive philosophy will knock us off course from our walk with God. A deceptive philosophy may justify that our thoughts and desires are our own business. It may encourage us to love some and not others. It may teach us to seek human wisdom above all else. A Christian philosophy knows that it is vital that our thought life be brought into the obedience of Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). It teaches us to love our enemies (Matthew 5:44). It seeks the wisdom that comes from above first (Colossians 2:3).  If we follow the plan set out before us, we will be given fullness in Christ (v. 10)!
Pray with me: Lord, you have given me the plan in order to walk continually with You. Help me to be rooted, built up and strengthened so I am able to discern the voices that would go contrary to your straight path.


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