Colossians 2:4-7

In Colossians 2:4-7 Paul warns the Colossians to watch out for deceptive teachers. There were some who told the Colossians to find wisdom and knowledge apart from the simplicity of Jesus who were very persuasive. The lure of “hidden” and “deep” wisdom and knowledge can be both strong and deceptive. “I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments.” It might sound simple, but deceivers are deceivers. They won’t announce their false doctrine as false doctrine, and it will often be similar enough to the truth to be dangerous. Paul sees the danger and warns them to pay attention.

Paul was not with them but through prayer he genuinely felt he was among the Colossian Christians in spirit, even though he was absent in the flesh. “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.” According to Vaughn, the words order and firmness are both military words. “He sees the situation of the Colossians as being like that of an army under attack and affirms that their lines were unbroken, their discipline intact, and their ‘faith in Christ’ unshaken.” Paul sees the danger and encourages them that they are in good order and standing firm in their faith.

Paul provides a rule for us to follow as a Christ Follower. “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.” We cannot perfect in the flesh what was begun in the Spirit; therefore just as you received Jesus, walk in Him in the same way. The simple things of the Christian life provide continual and reliable spiritual fuel for growth. We always have to be reminded of the things we have been taught. And we want to wrap those lessons with gratitude as they truly are the source for life!

Paul gives a secret to successfully walking with Christ – that we be rooted deeply and built up in Jesus. Clarke explains “It is not usual with the apostle to employ this double metaphor, taken partly from the growth of a tree and the increase of a building. They are to be rooted; as the good seed had been already sown, it is to take root, and the roots are to spread far, wide, and deep. They are to be grounded; as the foundation has already been laid, they are to build thereon. In the one case, they are to bear much fruit; in the other, they are to grow up to be a habitation of God through the Spirit.” As we walk with Jesus, our roots grow deeper and we are built up through Him.

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