SGA 13th. Street Baptist Church Colossians Lesson 4


Lesson 4
Colossians 2:1-7

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(Vs. 1-5.) The apostle wanted the people of Colosse to know what great concern he had for them (and for believers everywhere), even though he had never met them personally. He then gave reasons for this conflict and concern.

(Vs. 6.) "As ye have received Christ." How did you receive Christ? You received him:

"In the same manner as you received him, continue to walk in him. Live day by day in this faith, trust and relationship. You don't begin in Christ and get perfected, comforted or accepted in your flesh" (Gal. 3:1-3).

(Vs. 7. In this verse Paul prescribes three means for attaining to a constant walk in Christ.

1. "Rooted and built up in him." This is a metaphor taken from trees deeply rooted; "rooted in him". The grip with which faith lays hold on Christ is like a tree deeply rooted in the ground. Its strength, nourishment, life and fruit are supplied from him. Built up in him is a metaphor taken from a building fastened to a foundation. The shape and the stability of the building are determined by the foundation (1 Cor. 3:11).

2. "Established in the faith, as ye have been taught, and abounding therein," established in the doctrine of faith concerning Christ (Heb. 13:9). Not weary of old truths, not moved by new revelations from teachers who glory in the flesh, not easily offended, not driven about with every wind of doctrine, this "building" is firmly established and growing in the faith of the Lord Jesus.

3. All of this is "with thanksgiving". There is great reason for thanksgiving:

Henry Mahan is pastor of
Thirteenth Street Baptist Church
Ashland, Ky.