Posted: February 17, 2006
A Study of Positional Truths
We turn our attention
this week to four IN CHRIST phrases in Colossians 2:1-7. I quote these
four phrases not out of context but with an eye to studying them in
context. The four verses say, In whom are hid all the
treasures of wisdom and knowledge. And this I say, lest any man should
beguile you with enticing words. 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. As ye have therefore
received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and
built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been
taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Paul tells us in verse 1
of Chapter 2 that he has been in a great conflict for this church. The
word conflict means to be endued with a driving force to bring
another forth. The word great means as much as can be. The
word is used of one who is striving, struggling, and wrestling in
In verse 2 we find the
conflict Paul has is that this church would come into a full assurance
of understanding on some spiritual subjects. The phrase full
assurance has the idea of a complete putting together in the
intellect to the point that ones findings are very valuable and precious
There are four subjects
Paul desires full understanding of by the Colossian church. They are:
The Mysterious Way (Vs. 2), The Marvelous Wisdom (Vs. 3),
The Manifested Witness (Vs. 5), and The Maintained Walk
The Mysterious Way
Paul speaks of in verse 2 is that of Christ in us the hope of glory.
May we of the church of today, desire to come to a full understanding
that Christ is in us giving the confident expectation of the weighty
presence of God upon us.
The Marvelous Wisdom
is mentioned in verse 3. It is called the hidden treasure of Christ.
This is hidden in Christ. This being a hidden treasure tells us it
cannot be easily found. It will take more than a surface search. It
may only be found by deep and serious meditation. It is the wisdom that
only comes from above. Let us search and meditate upon Christ that we
might come to a full understanding of His marvelous wisdom.
The third subject that
Paul desires that they have full understanding of is the Manifested
Witness. Paul says he is beholding this order. The word order
is a military term meaning to be arrayed for battle. The word stedfast
is also a military term meaning a solid front. This church has aligned
in a unified witness of the faith that has been taught them. If the
church is to go forth we must stand firm upon the truths that have been
delivered down through the ages. I read once where Spurgeon said, If
I go back in time 100 years I will continually stumble over those who
believe as I do. If I go forth a 100 years in time, I will walk a many
a mile before I find one who believes as I do.
Oh how we have left the
beliefs of our Fathers of the faith. Let us study once again the truths
the Reformers and Puritans held to even as they were torn asunder and
burned at the stake. Do we believe anything is worth dying for?
The fourth subject Paul
desires for the church to have full understanding of is the
Maintained Walk. In verse 6 Paul says that they should walk in Him
as they have received Christ. The word received means to join
ones self to another or to become one with. They were to walk in this
manner. The word walk means to order ones life accordingly.
They were to walk in Christ steps following Him as their example.
In dealing with the walk
of the believer Paul goes from a military metaphor to an agricultural
metaphor. They are to be rooted in Christ. This was an
ongoing, abiding position that causes one to be firmly anchored. The
phrase built up means to continue to grow higher and deeper.
The word stablished is an architectural metaphor. They were to
be firmly founded, established, and constantly be being established in
truths that Paul desires for this church are not easily attained. Let
us realize that it can only be attained through much time spent alone
with our Lord and His blessed Holy Word. Let this cry ever come from
the depths of our heart. O to be like Him.