God’s Saving Word: Love
Colossians 2:6-19: Paul encourages the Colossians to live in union with Christ Jesus and to remain strong in faith that is rooted in the Lord Jesus. Paul warns the believers not to be deceived by false teachings, and he reminds them of the new life they now have in Christ.
Fullness of Life in Christ
6 Since you have accepted Christ Jesus as Lord, live in union with him. 7 Keep your roots deep in him, build your lives on him, and become stronger in your faith, as you were taught. And be filled with thanksgiving.
8 See to it, then, that no one enslaves you by means of the worthless deceit of human wisdom, which comes from the teachings handed down by human beings and from the ruling spirits of the universe, and not from Christ. 9 For the full content of divine nature lives in Christ, in his humanity, 10 and you have been given full life in union with him. He is supreme over every spiritual ruler and authority.
11 In union with Christ you were circumcised, not with the circumcision that is made by human beings, but with the circumcision made by Christ, which consists of being freed from the power of this sinful self. 12 For when you were baptized, you were buried with Christ, and in baptism you were also raised with Christ through your faith in the active power of God, who raised him from death. 13 You were at one time spiritually dead because of your sins and because you were Gentiles without the Law. But God has now brought you to life with Christ. God forgave us all our sins; 14 he canceled the unfavorable record of our debts with its binding rules and did away with it completely by nailing it to the cross. 15 And on that cross Christ freed himself from the power of the spiritual rulers and authorities;[a] he made a public spectacle of them by leading them as captives in his victory procession.
16 So let no one make rules about what you eat or drink or about holy days or the New Moon Festival or the Sabbath. 17 All such things are only a shadow of things in the future; the reality is Christ. 18 Do not allow yourselves to be condemned by anyone who claims to be superior because of special visions and who insists on false humility and the worship of angels. For no reason at all, such people are all puffed up by their human way of thinking 19 and have stopped holding on to Christ, who is the head of the body. Under Christ’s control the whole body is nourished and held together by its joints and ligaments, and it grows as God wants it to grow.
Today’s Key Verse: Colossians 2:6
Since you have accepted Christ Jesus as Lord, live in union with him.
In today’s reading, what does Paul say about avoiding “the worthless deceit of human wisdom” (verse 8) and being condemned by others (verses 16-19)? In contrast, how does Paul describe life with Christ (verses 11-15)? What messages in the world today attempt to lure people away from the full life that God offers through Christ Jesus?
Lord Jesus, I have accepted you as my Lord and Savior. My real life is with you. Keep me rooted in you, and strengthen my faith each day as I live to serve you. Amen.
Colossians 2:20—3:17: The apostle Paul describes new life in Christ.