THE STEDFASTNESS OF YOUR FAITH

Col 2:4-5  “And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. 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.”

With great love for the cause of Christ, Paul has written to the saints at Colosse about the source of wisdom and knowledge. He describes wisdom and knowledge as holding treasures. Jesus keeps these treasures secure in Himself for our sakes, and the Holy Spirit reveals these things to us as it pleases God.

Now Paul tells them the reason for his testimony and admonishment to them (and to us). In Paul’s day there were men who were troubling the churches (Gal 1:7). These men were not persecuting the church in the sense of seeking to utterly destroy it. Rather, they were teaching things that had a good sound to the ear. Men came from Jerusalem to the Gentile churches telling them that they wanted them to have fellowship, but there were some other things they needed to do besides believe and trust in Jesus. Jesus alone was not enough.

Paul’s instruction is just as valid today as it was then. There are men in the world today that will tell you that Jesus is not enough. They will tell you that Jesus is not enough to take away your sins. Men will tell you that it is not enough for you to pray on your own, but that you need them to pray for you. However, in order for them to pray for you, you must send them money.

These men speak with enticing words, proclaiming their love for you while presenting to you a Jesus that is not enough. Not only is He not enough to secure your home in eternity, but He alone is not enough to get you into the church. His riches in grace are not enough to satisfy your needs. In some way, they will tell you that you need them or someone like them if you are going to serve God faithfully.

Dear saints of God, like Paul, I want to assure you that Jesus is more than enough. He is able to exceed all our expectations and needs (Eph 3:20). He is the door to the sheep fold and any that come in any other manner are thieves and robbers (Joh 10:1, 8). Put your trust in Jesus and don’t let any man deceive you with fancy sounding words. Regardless of those that are concerned about being politically and religiously correct, there is no other way to God in any sense but through Jesus Christ.

Those ministering servants that God sends to you are going to tell you about this Jesus in whom all the power of God resides. It is He that draws you to the truth, leads you in the way, and gives you an abundant life because He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (Joh 14:6). There is no other way to the Father.

Those ministering servants that God has called and sent for your sakes always have you on their mind. We are always praying for you and have an earnest desire for your benefit. Whether it is the congregation we are currently serving, congregations we have served in the past, or congregations we have only heard of, we are with you in our inward being. We have a great love for you and a longing for you to be established in your reliance upon Christ for your salvation.

May we find joy together in the truth that Jesus is the only Way we have and the only Way we need and that our lives are hid in the Father with Him (Col 3:3)!

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