“And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.”
- Paul “wants their present and continuous conduct to conform to the doctrine taught them at the beginning, the doctrine they had committed themselves to at conversion.” (Expositors Bible Commentary) He wants their present walk to match up with their past talk. In chapter one, Paul warned them about drifting. We all have this tendency. Like canoeing up a river, the currents will automatically sweep us downstream if we don’t continue with the oars of pursuing Christ.
- Paul wants them to grow deep roots so their that their lives will be built on Christ. Trees often grow deeper roots as they search for sources of water during droughts. Sometime the pain and difficulty in our lives cause us to grow deep roots as we search for Christ through our questions and struggles.
- As roots grow deep, Paul says two things will happen:
- Our faith will grow strong in truth
- We will overflow with thankfulness (Paul used this word for overflowing, perisseuontes, more than 26 times. Picture a river overflowing its banks. Paul used the present tense, “meaning that for believers thanksgiving is to be a continual, habitual thing.” (Expositors Bible Commentary)
- Next, Paul issues a warning. We can’t just embrace any truth in order for faith and thanksgiving to grow. We need to be careful about the subtle twists that people teach. These hollow and deceptive philosophies were a danger to the Colossians and they are a danger to us. There is a time to call out error when we see it.
- The last few verses here remind us of the theme of the Colossian letter – the supremacy of Christ. He was fully human but fully God. He rules over every spiritual authority – Satan, demons, angels, everyone.
- What opportunities have you had recently for your faith to grow deep through difficult times?
- As you build your life on Christ, do you see faith and thankfulness emerge?
- Take a moment to think about who Christ is today – He is the ruler over everything – even angels and demons. He was fully man and is fully God. We are complete in Him alone. As we focus on who Christ is, and who you are in relation to Him we grow and mature. If we want to see change in our lives – better attitudes, better actions, better thinking… we must not just try harder, we need to fix our eyes on Jesus and see ourselves in relation to Him. Today, take some time to write down three attributes of Christ. Focus on them and watch your attitude transform
Adoration: Praise God that He rules over everything.
Confession: Ask God to reveal any areas in your life where error might have crept in.
Thanksgiving: Thank God that He gives us His Word to help bring us back to truth.
Supplication: Ask God for discernment to see the difference in truth and error.