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Abounding in Thanksgiving
As we continue into the second chapter of Paul's letter to the Colossians, we are struck again by the care and compassion that pours from the pages of the letter from the heart of Paul toward those that he is writing too. Let us listen in: Colossians 2:1 For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

It is as if he wants to again point them to the fullness that they have in Christ and of who they are in Christ Jesus. They have everything they need in Him, for in Him are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. They are lacking nothing! We are lacking nothing!! And now finally, after greeting them, praying for them, showing them of that which God has done for them through His Son, Jesus, and revealing his heart of love and commitment for their souls welfare, Paul begins to address some of what he sees as dangers to their remaining in Christ Jesus. He now gives three warnings throughout the rest of the chapter. Again, let us listen in to the letter being read to the Colossians Christians as well as to us who live in this year of 2010...

First warning: Do not let anyone's words lead us astray.
4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile (cheat, deceive, lead astray) you with enticing words.
5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.
6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

We recall that in verse 28 of chapter one, Paul spoke in this manner:
KJV Colossians 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

Jesus Christ is the One we proclaim and in this proclamation there is both the warning and the teaching. We see this manner of proclamation displayed here by the beloved Apostle. He begins in verse 4 with the warning to not let any man deceive them with persuasive speech. (enticing words) But then it is as if he again wants to point them to the assurance of who they are in Christ, how he joys in the position that they are through their believing of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He then says, Be that which you are in Christ and live your life accordingly. He then points out four important things to them/us. We will use this for our application of what we have heard so far.

1. We are rooted in Christ
2. We are built up in Christ (ongoing)
3 We are established in the faith that we have been taught
4. We are abounding with thankfulness for that which we have received from God!

Let it not escape us that the Apostle has taken the entire first chapter to speak of that which God has done for us in Christ Jesus and he just now begins to give some warning/teaching to the practical part of the lives of the hearers of his letter. He begins by addressing first of all those who would be teaching doctrines contrary to the doctrine of Jesus Christ. This he does in a great spirit of love and concern, as in verse 5 one can feel the oneness that he share with those he has never met. Paul had come to realize and experience that the Body of Christ was not one, but contains all believers everywhere. We get the sense from his letter that Paul, by the eyes of faith, is able to be with those to whom he is writing to as if in person. He does not throw doubt on who they are in Christ through faith, but he through building them up gives them encouragement to continue with thankfulness to God for His grace in the Lord Jesus Christ! May we be encouraged and instructed by his words for us today.....

Til next time.

Jude 24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy,
25 Too the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.

Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Posted on 01 Sep 2010 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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