Col. 2:1 For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you, for those in Laodicea, and for all who have not seen me in person.
Paul, the writer of Colossians and a total of thirteen New Testament books, is known here for who he is fighting for not who he is fighting against. For a young struggling church and body of believers, how encouraging must it have been to know that the Apostle, who they had never met, was struggling over them prayer. In our modern culture, the church is known much for the people, platforms, and traditions it fights against. Oh today that we would change perspective and be known as people who fight and contend for others in prayer. Remember: we are fighting for souls and they are worth fighting for! So today, who are you wrestling in prayer for? Do you know someone struggling and God is calling you to come along side and engage in a spiritual battle on their behalf? May today be a day dedicated to prayer, supplication, intersession, and may you wage war by the power of His testimony!
There has never been a spiritual awakening in any country or locality that did not begin in united prayer. –Pierson
Prayer is warfare. Just getting there is half the battle. Staying there is the other half. – Author Unknown
2 I want their hearts to be encouraged and joined together in love, so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding and have the knowledge of God’s mystery—Christ. 3 All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Him.
Verse three marks one of the Christological high points of the letter to the Colossians. God’s Word impresses upon us the essence of the Gospel that Christ is the one in whom we find all that we need in order to understand spiritual reality and lead a life of peace in God. We need desperately to discover this truth! That Jesus Christ, and Him alone, is found everything that we need. Take time today to meditate on your satisfaction with life in general and Christ in particular. The deeper we trust Jesus, the more we find satisfaction that only the death, burial, and resurrection can provide.
Christ + nothing = everything
Everything - Christ = nothing
In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.
Col. 2:4 Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words. 5 For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.
A common saying warns if something is too good to be true, it probably is. I had a personal reminder of this when I purchased a used car. Seeing a great deal for a vehicle that fit our family well in both function and budget, I quickly drove to New Orleans and purchased it. Eager to close on this “too good to be true” deal I did not realize until I signed the papers and drove the car home that the SUV had previously been involved in an accident. Thankfully only cosmetic damage was found and we still use this vehicle today. However, this was a reminder to be on guard for persuasive words, deals, and philosophies. How much more is this truth important for our souls. If we do not know the truth we cannot discern a lie. Spend time in God’s Truth today that He will protect you from deception, hollow arguments, and empty religious experiences.
Philosophy claims to be true but is utterly deceitful, like a fisherman who captures his unwitting prey by concealing a deadly hook within a tasty morsel of food. The fish thinks it’s getting a meal but becomes one instead. Similarly, those who embrace a human philosophy about God or man might think they’re getting truth, but instead they get empty deception, which can lead to eternal damnation. – John MacArthur
Col. 2:6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving
Paul now addresses not only deception but truth. To receive Christ in this verse is not only a matter of believing in his person, it also involved a commitment to the apostolic teaching about Christ and His significance. Truly, belief that does not have impact on behavior is useless. True faith in Jesus Christ always results in practice; this is the power of the resurrection! Remember, just because I have a Bible in my house does not mean I have it in my heart. Oh today may you walk in the power of the cross, rooted and built on the Rock of Jesus, established in your faith, and abounding with thanksgiving!
10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.
What a glorious truth, Jesus Christ our Savior is head of all principalities and powers both physically and spiritually. Christians need not fear these powers because they are firmly under the control of the most sovereign Lord. If you are anything like me, I will rejoice when the political election season ends. I am bombarded constantly with ads that predict the end of the world, the termination of morality, or the destruction of the United States as we know it. Here is our biblical foundation: if you fear the Lord you have nothing else to fear. If you do not fear the Lord you have everything to fear. Today, do not sink into the pit of despair. Rather, stand firm in the fact that He has not given us a spirit fear but of power, love, and sound mind!
The chains of love are stronger than the chains of fear – William Gurnall
He whose head is in heaven need not fear to put his feet into the grace.—Matthew Henry