The Colossians were susceptible to the same kind of spiritual thinking as people are today:

  • “Jesus Christ is just like many other religious, cult-heroes with enthusiastic followers…” 
  • “Enlightened spirituality is a little bit of Jesus and a mix of other philosophies I find useful…”
  • “Following Jesus about keeping certain practices of self denial or deprivation…”
  • “Jesus is only part of the story, I need to look elsewhere to go further into knowing God…”

Each one of the above ideas is ultimately false and falls short of what Jesus actually said and taught.

Being created anew in Christ Jesus is by grace through faith, which results in embracing the Messiah of God’s people and submitting willingly to the Lord of the universe.

Filled with the Knowledge of God’s will

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The second half of Paul’s prayer for the Christians in Colossae reassures them of God’s work in their lives.  He prays that they would be filled with the knowledge of God’s will, and that they would live a life worthy of the Lord.  This life is exemplified by bearing spiritual fruit, growing in the knowledge of God, and developing endurance, patience, and joy as they are strengthened by the Holy Spirit.

In addition, he urges them to give thanks for what they have in Christ: they are qualified to share in the inheritance of God’s people, they are freed from the domain of darkness, and now transferred (a change of spiritual residency) into the kingdom of God’s beloved Son.  In Christ, every believer has redemption, that is, the forgiveness of sins, through the blood of Jesus.

Have you taken that step of faith to trust in Jesus as your Savior and Lord?