Colossians: The Power to Endure with Joy (Chapter 2 pt 3)

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Paul goes on to analyze what is wrong with human knowledge. To begin with, there are many things that are right. There is truth in what man has discovered through the centuries. This is something Christians have to admit. However, Paul does point out that the source is suspect, because some of it comes from tradition. I know, I know. My first reaction is to begin singing, “Tradition . . .” from “Fiddler On The Roof.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRdfX7ut8gw

Let me explain what I mean by tradition. Tradition is the gradually accumulated body of knowledge that was built bit by bit through the centuries and passed along from one generation to another. As a result, human knowledge is made up of a tremendous amount of truth, mingled with error, with no way of distinguishing between the two. Anyone who accepts it without questioning it, are bound to accept as much error as they do truth. This then, will lead them into mistaken concepts and erroneous and injurious ideas.

. . . and from the evil powers of this world—and not from Christ . . . 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 . . .

Well, so what do we do with that?

. . .  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.

You are in Him! You are made full and have come to fullness of life in Christ, and you too are filled with the Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—and reach full spiritual stature.

Filled with the Godhead? Of course we can reach full spiritual stature!

Entering into this fullness is not something you figure out or achieve . . . You are already in!!!! . . . not through secretive initiation rite but rather through what Christ has already gone through for you, destroying the power of sin!!!—through a spiritual circumcision performed by Christ, he stripped off the body of the flesh—the whole corrupt, carnal nature with its passions and lusts!!! . . .

Circumcised in your heart?  In Ezekiel 36:26-27, it says:  “I will give you a new heart, put a new spirit in you. I will remove the stone heart from your body and replace it with a heart that’s God-willed, not self-willed. I’ll put my Spirit in you and make it possible for you to do what I tell you and live by my commands.”

. . . You were raised to a new life because you trusted the mighty power of God—through your faith in the working of God as displayed when He raised Jesus from the dead. God brought you alive—right along with Christ! Think of it!!!! All sins forgiven, 14 the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s cross . . . He stripped all the spiritual tyrants in the universe of their sham authority at the Cross and marched them naked through the streets . . .

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