Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #72
Posted: February 17, 2006

IN CHRIST
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 prayer.

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 to them. 

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 (Vs. 6-7).

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 the faith. 

These 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.”

 

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