Key Verse | Colossians 2:6-7

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

Scripture | Colossians 2


For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.

Alive in Christ

Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits 1 of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. 11 In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities 2 and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. 3

Let No One Disqualify You

16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. 17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. 18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions, 4 puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, 19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.

20 If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations— 21 “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” 22 (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? 23 These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.

Footnotes

[1] 2:8 Or elementary principles; also verse 20
[2] 2:15 Probably demonic rulers and authorities
[3] 2:15 Or in it (that is, the cross)
[4] 2:18 Or about the things he has seen

Alive in Christ 



Devo | Colossians 2

When I walked into re:generation, I was brand new to my faith. I understood that Jesus was my Savior, but He was not Lord of my life. I did not understand what it meant to surrender my life daily and walk with Him....

When I walked into re:generation, I was brand new to my faith. I understood that Jesus was my Savior, but He was not Lord of my life. I did not understand what it meant to surrender my life daily and walk with Him. God used the 12 steps of re:generation to show me that once I was in Christ, it wasn't just about knowing Jesus but learning what it looked like to walk in Him. (Colossians 2:6) Paul's point was that the Colossians became Christians by faith in Christ, and they should continue to walk by faith.

I remember thinking, "but how do I walk in Christ?" Paul lays it out for the Colossians and for us: stand firmly, "rooted" like a tree, and be "built up" like a building. He uses these images of a tree and a building to remind them of their firm foundation that they were taught when they first became Christians (Colossians 2:7). He continues by saying that they should be increasingly stable (established) in their faith and should give thanks constantly.

He writes to them so that they would not be swayed by false teaching, but, instead, would firmly hold to the true doctrine of Jesus Christ. In Him, our old life has ended (Colossians 2:12a). We have been given new life, and our trespasses have been forgiven (Colossians 2:13). Our debt to God has been paid (Colossians 2:14). Our spiritual enemy has been defeated (Colossians 2:15).

Because of these truths, the challenges we face—the persecution, trials, hardship, and suffering we endure—serve to display the power of God and reveal the life of Jesus Christ to those around us. We can stand firm knowing that we will not be overcome in all these afflictions because we have Jesus Christ living in us.

WE ARE COMPLETE AND ALIVE IN CHRIST!

We have everything we need in Jesus Christ, so we do not need to turn to anything or anyone else to "complete" us. Walking in Christ is where I found joy, peace, and true freedom. I thank God every day for rescuing and redeeming me! 

Discussion Questions

1. Have you trusted Jesus with your eternity? If so, have you allowed Him to be Lord of your life? What would it look like to live in absolute surrender to Him?

2. We are complete and alive in Christ, yet we can look for other ways to feel complete. What lies do you tend to believe and what does God's Word say instead?

Meet Sierra Sanchez

Hey, party people! My name is Sierra Sanchez. *cue music* This beat is automatic, supersonic, hypnotic, funky fresh. Did you start singing?

I have the pleasure of serving as the Women's Director of re:generation, our recovery ministry. God used this ministry to show me that I trusted Him with my eternity, but I did not trust Him with my day-to-day. I learned that God is good regardless of my circumstances and that I can fully trust Him! Now, I get to be on the other side of those conversations and point people to Christ. Come join us on Monday nights!

6 Comments available

Hugh Stephenson 15 days ago

GM Sierra! THANK YOU for loving on the ladies in re:gen; through the leaders and through them to hundreds of ladies who seek that “new life in Christ”, (2 Corinthians 5:17).

LOVE your pull of the tree and building analogy.

Also, your note that we are called to claim Jesus as savior AND Lord.

Hundreds of times I have worked with people who are clearly saved but have not understood and clamed what it means to have Jesus as Lord.

The unconditional surrender that this requires matches up perfectly with Paul’s use of military analogies in verse 5.

“…rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith.”

“[Paul] employs two military metaphors–good order and firmness. The Colossians should be like troops drawn up in battle formation, standing firm like soldiers resisting the enemy.” ESV SB Notes

Surrender so that He may conquer through us.

PERFECT!

Hugh Stephenson 15 days ago

What stands out to me in this chapter is that, once again, Paul has to step in and remind the Colossians who they are “in Christ”; https://www.gotquestions.org/in-Christ.html.

So what’s my problem?

Offered a fish I choose the snake.

Offered bread I choose the stone.

For me, it’s the salvation based on faith.

It’s so much more alluring to think I can DO versus just BELIEVE.

This takes me back to a great definition of “abiding”; (paraphrasing), “Abiding what you do when you finally realize you can’t do anything.”

In this chapter I see that in the references to being, “…in Him…”, (see GQ link above).

Nine times Paul uses this phrase or a derivative.

I link this back to Proverbs chapters 1-9 with endless “wisdom appeals” and “parental appeals”.

In chapter 1 Paul uses terms like “the riches of the glory” and “the hope of glory”.

Hugh Stephenson 15 days ago

He appeals for unity, maturity, gratitude and “the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery”.

Again, I ask myself, “So what’s my problem?”.

I submit this:

In many churches that are appeasing the culture there is an implied agreement that I have heard called, “THE DEAL”:

SHOW UP

SHELL OUT

SHUT UP

If you buy in, you won’t hear much about sin so you won’t see the need for a Savior; much less a Lord to whom you surrender.

No surrender. You can still be in charge.

As long as you execute your part of THE DEAL you’ll be told,

“You’re fine. Jesus is love.”

It’s a modern version of the 1977 movie, “Oh, God”.

George Burns tells John Denver-

“Jesus was my son.

“Mohammed was my son

Buddha was my son”

Paul’s best rebuttal is the final verse of the chapter:

(Colossians 2:23)

Michael Scaman 15 days ago

The legal debt is canceled because of the work of Jesus on the cross. In a sense Christ is ‘the end of the law’ for believers. The law has various purposes, letting us know our need for redemption and also being a shadow of things to come.

Jesus is the one casting the shadow. He is the King who writes a copy of the law - except his copy is on the hearts of His people. The spirit of the law and in Ephesians a reminder 'Children obey your parents in the Lord for this is the first commandment with a promise".

In some senses the law end and in some senses continues (morally in spirit and prophetically pointing to Jesus)

Jermaine Harrison 15 days ago

Love it Sierra! Thanks for sharing part of your story too! Paul’s singular focus that he explains in verse 2 was good to reflect on. He says that his goal is that other believers may be encouraged in heart and United in love, so that ultimately they might know God more fully. That seems like a pretty good goal to have today!

Sue Bohlin 14 days ago

Thanks Sierra!

Today’s reading was another good reason to be clear on the Trinity, continually checking which member of the Godhead the text means when we encounter “He” and “Him.” I count 9 pronouns in the 3rd paragraph, and I’m not sure I am clear Who’s doing what in each case. Which reminds me of how thankful I am that the Word is so deep and so multi-layered that we will not exhaust the study of it for all eternity!

I’m also sitting in a puddle of gratitude over the fact that Jesus disarmed the evil spirits at the cross. I don’t know which warfare weapons He took away, but all the enemy has to work with now is lies and deception–which is why we need to study TRUTH and stand firm in it!

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