Christ alone should be the life of the Colossians. In Him God dwells and therefore the Colossians need no longer to join others in a search for God. Second, in Christ one is already circumcised and therefore one need not hanker after what is peddled by other missionaries. Lastly, they don’t need to worry about observances based on the moon and the stars since these are but shadows that point to Christ. For the modern Christian, one should find here a warning against religious syncretism and a spiritualism that is alien to the Christian gospel. Read more from Your Daily Inspiration
As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him, rooted in him and built upon him and established in the faith as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. (Col. 2:6-7)
Paul admonishes the Colossians to
- walk in Christ — because He is the Way
- be rooted in Christ — because He is the new Vine
- built upon Christ — because He is the Stone rejected by the builders but now has become the Cornerstone
This three-fold “grounding” in Christ is followed up by the admonition to be “established in the faith” — the faith received from the apostles — and to be “abounding in thanksgiving”. They are to be grounded in Christ and not admit other things, like circumcision (11) and those who judge them about food and drinks, festivals and New Moons (16). It is through Christ that they have received new life (13), and forgiveness from sins (14). Through his death on the Cross, Jesus has disabled the powers and principalities (15). Jesus is the reality; all others are but shadows (17).
Even today, there are people who try to dissuade the Church from her commitment to the worship in Spirit and Truth that the Lord has instituted by His death and resurrection. There are Judaizing evangelicals, people who spread a culture of death, groups that introduce “convictions” about man that degrade him, Catholics who have compromised their faith with politics and economic gain… There are so many of these “alternatives” that promise health, wealth and security. But as Paul says “the reality belongs to Christ” (v. 17), all the rest are empty and seductive philosophies.
Lord, you are my portion and cup. Give me the wisdom to discern through the passing things of this world what is true and good. And give me the strength to hold onto You especially when contrary winds blow at their strongest and the waves of history are most turbulent.