The Glorious Book of Colossians
“Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.” Colossians 2:18-19
As we just read in the above passage of Scripture, divine nourishment only flows to God’s people as Christ is unwaveringly lifted up, exalted, and worshiped in spirit and in truth as the only “Head” of the body of believers He died to save. As one can observe, the supremacy of Jesus Christ and the need for His remnant people to exalt Him alone may very well sum up this jewel of an epistle from the great apostle of Jesus.
“As the pyramid rises high above the plains of Egypt, so Christ towers above all human teachers and founders of sects and religions. He is … ‘a man of colossal’ (we may well add, of infinite) ‘dimensions.’ He found disciples and worshipers among the Jews, although he identified himself with none of their sects and traditions; among the Greeks, although he proclaimed no new system of philosophy; among the Romans, although he fought no battle, and founded no worldly empire; among the Hindus, who despise all men of low caste; … All His words and all his actions, while they were fully adapted to the occasions which called them forth, retain their force and applicability undiminished to all ages and nations. He is the same unsurpassed and unsurpassable model of every virtue to the Christians of every generation, every clime, every sect, every nation, and every race.” Phillip Schaff, The Person of Christ, p. 66
Seeking and studying and knowing Christ is infinitely the most essential part of your life with God and the book of Colossians is loaded with information about this biblically-featured, supreme and divine LORD and Savior. For this reason, you should devour this brief, power packed revelation of Jesus Christ. Don’t miss a word in it!
Glory Robbing Wolves
“And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer (true worship); but ye have made it a den of thieves.” Matthew 21:13
Nothing has changed. – “There is NO NEW THING under the sun” says Ecclesiastes 1:9. The false leaders of Christ’s day had removed the glory from the LORD and were using their positions for self-gain and putting the emphasis on mere men and their greedy hearts. Were we not warned of this over and over? (Matthew 7:15; 24:5, 11, 24; 1 Timothy 4:1-3; 2 Timothy 4:2-4; 1 John 4:1-6; Revelation 3:11, etc.)
Today, most who claim to know Christ only want to be saved from hell but don’t want to truly give their lives to Christ and get to know Him which is the whole goal and thrust and occupation of the genuine Christian life – Everything is now of and about Christ in the lives of all who are truly regenerated and abiding intimate with Christ (John 15:1-16; 2 Corinthians 5:17-18; Galatians 2:20; 6:14). The false leaders, which make up 99% of all who hold positions of leadership today in the apostate church world, are giving the people exactly what they want – the lie that they can have the heavenly crown without the daily cross (Luke 9:23-24; Galatians 5:24; 2 Timothy 4:3-4). To please the people, they are robbing the Redeemer of the glory due only to His blessed and holy name! This is pure, soul-damning idolatry!
“I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.” Isaiah 42:8
Jesus told us that He is “the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8) Did you know this? The increase of your personal knowledge of Christ is at hand. Christology is simply the study of the divine Person of Christ Himself.
Most local gatherings have been made a den of thieves where Christ has and is being robbed of the glory due only His holy name! Instead, the pastors, the visions, the whims, and the fleshly desires of the people gathering are exalted and Christ is only mentioned in name, enough to keep the naïve’ faithful faithful. They are “not holding the Head” Jesus Christ up in true worship. It’s all about them and not the very Son of God who is “Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8)
The apostle Paul wrote Colossians to combat the dangerous false teaching at Colosse that was unseating, displacing, and usurping the centrality and infinite supremacy of the divine Person of Jesus Christ in creation, revelation, redemption, and in His church – as the only “Head” of His true body. Today there is no end to the programs, paganism, pop psychology, and people that have been lifted up above the “Head” of the body of Christ Jesus Christ. In Colossians Paul establishes the divinely-ordained, non-negotiable centrality of Christ in creation, redemption, and among His beloved people. How well do you know the book of Colossians? Suggestion: Read Colossians 5 times straight through without stopping (KJV). This will instill and permeate your heart and mind with a synthetic knowledge and flow of the transmission of the words of Scripture in this divinely-inspired 4-chapter book. Then go back and study through it, hi-lighting verses, cross-referencing, researching deeper.
“In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” Colossians 1:14-20 (KJV)
It simply does not matter what replaces Christ Jesus at the heart of worship – it’s idolatry!
God Answers Idolaters According to Their Own Hearts and Wicked Desires
“Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before me. 2 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, 3 Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them? 4 Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the Lord will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols; 5 That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols. 6 Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.” Ezekiel 14:1-6
Fun, games, the new building project, ridiculously shallow fad books, coffee, gyms, and the like all crowd Jesus Christ right out from amongst the people claiming to be gathering in His name. This is spiritual Babylon which is filled with idolatry and the LORD says to “Come out from her, my people.”
“And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. 5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. 6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. 7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. 8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.” Revelation 18:4-8
Isn’t it amazing how that the One who made and bled to save a body unto Himself is ousted from most assemblies that claim to be His? Isn’t it astounding how vile wolves celebrate and inspire their gullible audiences to read Gospel-less, pagan, New Age cult books like The Shack, Purpose Driven Life, and Your Best Life Now and yet never get people into God’s Word? The fact is, that most in leadership today are not in God’s Word themselves. If they were, they would be getting others into it as Christ and His apostles commanded (Matthew 28:18-20; 1 Timothy 4:6, 16, etc.). These hirelings are simply building a local social club business and using Christ to do so. Judgment Day is on the way (Matthew 7:19-29).
“And this I say, lest any man should beguile 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. 8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.” Colossians 2:4-10
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“So true! The Fullness of the Godhead bodily dwelling in my Souls and WE are complete in Him! O the Mystery of His LOVE! Colossians 2:2-9. KNOW HIM, Receive, Come to JESUS today! Nothing, there is No one like JESUS CHRIST!!! Smiles!” Greta S.