Nov. 6 – (Col. 2:1-3) In libraries and especially on the Internet we can find mountains of information. My grandson, Cohen, is frequently asking me a question about something with which I don’t know the answer (ex. What does a giraffe do when he is hot and cold at the same time? How do gears work?). I then ask “Google” and can usually give him answers to his questions. I immensely enjoy helping him get information that teaches him how his “world works”. How do we get answers to our questions? I mean spiritual questions. We need to be asking the Holy Spirit.
Paul says we find “all the hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge” in Christ (v. 3). How might Paul understand the difference between information on the one hand, and wisdom and knowledge on the other
DID YOU KNOW? Laodicea was the nearest city to Colossae, only 9 miles away. There seems to be a close relationship between these churches.
Nov. 7 – (Col. 2:4-5) Have you ever been fooled or at least enticed by plausible-sounding lies about Christian living? If so, what was the outcome? If not, how did you discern the falsehood? How can we help newer Christians by-step this pitfall? Who can you encourage in this way today?
I am stuck on “…rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.” One description suggested it’s like troops ready for battle. How would that apply to the Colossians? Does that apply to us today? Hmmm
Nov. 8 – (Col. 2:6-7) In these verses, Paul uses the three word pictures of a journey, putting down healthy roots and a building being built. What do the three have in common? How have you found your life in Christ to resemble a journey? What healthy roots have you developed? What healthy roots are you currently developing? How far are you on your building? Write down specifics as a guideline, thanking God for how far you have come and asking for wisdom in how He wants you to develop from here.
Nov. 9 – (Col. 2:8-10) Whatever new idea someone comes up with, Paul says, this is the acid test: Is it “in line with the King” (v. 2:8)? Does it have Jesus, the Messiah, the Lord, as its center and focus? If not, beware. What practical steps can a Christian take to “watch” and not be captured by false ideas? How do you decide what is true? If our plum line is off, then our final thoughts and actions will also be off. Selah
Nov. 10 – (Col. 2:11-12) One explanation of these verses made more sense to me. In circumcision, “putting off” a small piece of human flesh is trivial by comparison to “putting off” an entire way of life, an entire sphere of existence. “The body of flesh” is the unregenerate nature that holds us in bondage. It is virtually the same as “body of this death” (Rom. 7:24) or “body of sin” (Rom. 6:6). From this bondage, deliverance is promised by a cutting free from bondage through salvation. Paul was arguing against who say that while Christ is perfectly fine, we just need to add some other bit to make our spiritual life truly complete. Let’s think about what we have personally added to our faith in Christ. “Jesus show us what needs to be cut out so it is You Only.”
Nov. 11 – (Col. 2:13-15) Paul is using the term “record of debt” as a legal term to describe each person’s debt to God because of sin. God himself has mercifully resolved this debt by nailing it to the cross, where Jesus paid the penalty. The image comes from the notices posted on a cross by the Roman authorities. These declared the crime for which the criminal was being executed (John 19:19-22).
In verse 15 it says, “He disarmed the rulers and authorities”. On the cross, demonic powers were stripped of their power to accuse Christians before God. God sees you righteous through the blood of Jesus Christ! Thank you, Jesus!!!
DID YOU KNOW? The term “put them to shame” was the same term used in Matt. 1:19 to refer to Joseph’s unwillingness to expose Mary to public shame. The cross publicly reveals the failure of the demonic powers to defeat God’s plan of salvation through Christ (I Cor. 2:6-8).
Nov. 12 – (Col. 2:16-19) How is Paul saying we should respond when people try to entice us with particular styles of piety or devotion other than single-minded devotion to Jesus? At Christian Assembly, we offer different types of music, different instruments, different ways to worship because “1 size does not fit all”. As you find ways that really “usher you into His presence”, thank Him and respond. If some don’t necessarily do the same, know that it is touching others and respond to Him anyway! Selah