Let us look
again in Paul’s blessed book to the Colossian Church that I have
entitled “The Sufficiency Of Christ Alone”. Friend, I don’t
know if you have embraced and made as your own the truth ‘Christ
Is All I Need’ but Paul pleads for us to believe and live it in
This week I want to
look at Chapter 2 and verses 1-4 which says,
would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them
at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love,
and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the
acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of
Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.”
It is here that Paul shares with us ‘The Worth Of Knowing The
Mystery Of Christ’.
In verse 1 we
find, ‘The Conflicting Travail’. We are told of the ‘place’
of Paul’s conflicts. The literal text Paul says is ‘I desire for
you to know’. This desire has caused a ‘conflict’ within
Paul. The word is an inward struggle of travailing prayer. It is
the same word as striving in Chapter 1, verse 29. The people of
this conflict were those in Colosse, Laodicea, and others that had
never seen Paul’s face.
I wonder if the lack
of depth in these churches led to their end. Colosse was destroyed
a few years after Paul’s death by an earthquake. The church at
Laodicea had the testimony of being rich, increasing with goods, and
in need of nothing. The Lord said you are wretched, miserable,
poor, blind, and naked before me. O to never possess and practice
the sufficiency of Christ alone can lead to a horrible end.
In verses 2 and 3 we
see ‘The Comfort Of This Treasure’. Paul speaks in verse 2
about a ‘Conflicting Work’ treasured up in the mystery of
Christ. This work Paul says is a heart work. It is something that
must be done within. This is a place we cannot work ourselves, it
can only be done by the Spirit of God working through the Word of
God. The work will involve unity Paul says in the words of “…being
knit together in love,” There must have been hints of division
in this church. There can only be power when there is unity. The
work would involve “…full assurance of understanding,” to the
acknowledgement of who Christ is in the Father.
In verse 3 we see ‘A
Comforting Worth In This Treasure’. This treasure of wisdom and
knowledge is hidden in Christ Paul tells us. They can only be
sought out through diligent, earnest, and desperate meditation upon
the Word of God. Those treasures cannot and will not be retrieved
by a surface search of the Word.
In verse 4 we find ‘The
Caution About Talk’. We are given a caution about Paul’s words
in the phrase “And this I say,” Paul was one of the few in
the Bible besides Christ to say ‘Come and follow me’. O to
be able to say to folks that I am following Christ, imitate my life
and you will imitate the Christ life. The Father sent the Son to
the earth as His exact image of likeness. Jesus told Phillip that
if you have seen me you have seen the Father. Jesus returned to
Heaven leaving behind people He called Christians. (Christ like) We
are now to be His exact likeness of representation to the world.
May the world be able to see the likeness of Christ in us. It will
not happen until we embrace in mind and practice ‘The Sufficient
Christ Alone’. Christ is all I need. This is only produced by
a strong relationship to the Word of God.
In verse 4 we are
given a caution about ‘Perverted Words’. Paul warns that if
they are not deep in the Word they will be ‘beguiled with
enticing words’. Enticed means to be entrapped like an animal.
The word beguiled means to come along side to cause to go astray by
wrong decisions made possible by false teaching.
We can be sure of
this very thing that he who is anchored deep in the truths of the
Bible will never, no never, be blown about with every wind of