Rooted in Christ!

Scripture reading for September 9th:  Colossians 2

Paul wrote to the Colossians, some of whom he had never met.  He had struggled for them in prayer with a goal in mind.  “My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”  (Colossians 2:2-3)  Paul’s pastor’s heart was with the church and earnestly desired their highest good.  This was found in full understanding of Christ and love of the brethren.

But starting out right is only the first step to a journey of knowing Christ and meeting Him face to face one day. Christ’s followers must grow!  “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.  See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world, rather than on Christ.”  (Colossians 2:6-8)   The danger of not growing in Christ and being deeply rooted in Him is deception by our enemy, Satan and this worldly system.  Humanistic philosophy puts man at the center of everything instead of Christ!

“For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been give fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.”  (Colossians 2:9-10)  Through the Holy Spirit, the church has been given fullness in the God-Man, Jesus Christ.  Christ Jesus is over all worldly powers and authorities, including Satan!  Christians must be rooted in Him!

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