The world changes by the minute, so you need to deepen your roots to stand firm on God's truth.
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Colossians 2 Summary
Christianity requires intellectual sharpness. Often times we're told the complete opposite of this. Those opposed to Christ accuse us of being ignorant and unscientific. Unfortunately even many Christians emphasize feelings rather than doctrine. But look at all of the ways this chapter demonstrates that knowing Christ must sharpen your thinking:
You are to have a complete understanding
You must use that understanding to know the mystery of God that is Christ
Christ contains all of the treasures of wisdom and knowledge
v4 & 8:
Don't be deceived by deceptive words
Don't be taken captive by hollow and deceptive philosophy
Don't be puffed up by an unspiritual mind.
What are you doing to sharpen your thinking according to these commands?
It's not just the pagan world that's after you, trying to separate you from Christ, but there's also a threat from people who masquerade as being super religious.
Two thousand years ago when Paul wrote this letter, the church was threatened by people who wanted to add religious rituals and rules (both Jewish and pagan) to Christianity.
Today the threat comes more from those who want to pull your focus away from Christ and His atoning blood by forcing acceptance of ungodly sexual lifestyles and contrived racial categories.
Although the specifics of these threats change and morph over time, your response must remain steady: stand firm on the gospel presented in the unchanging Word of God.
ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: God has made you alive in Christ and has forgiven your sins (v13)
ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Ask God to strengthen you in your Spiritual Disciplines so that you can stand against all the forces trying to pull you away from Christ (v5).
ASK GOD FOR WHAT YOU NEED: