Let us continue
our study of the book of Colossians, which I have called the “Sufficiency
Of Christ Alone”. We desire to look this week at verses 5-7
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.”
In each of these three verses we have the mention of being “in
sufficiency is all based upon our being “in Christ”.
In verse 5 we
find ‘The Dimensions Of Our Position’. Paul while writing
these words is in a Roman prison of which he says that he is “…absent
in the flesh,” He is not physically in the town of Colosse.
Paul says :…I am with you in the spirit,” Paul tells us from
his position in the spirit and in Christ he can behold their ‘order’
and ‘stedfastness of faith’. The word ‘order’ is a
word for the alignment of disciplined soldiers. The word ‘stedfastness’
is only here and means a solid front of soldiers in battle array.
The question is how can Paul be in prison and be so aware of what is
going on in Colosse? To be in the Spirit is to be two-dimensional.
In the Spirit speaks of a position of prayer. I can myself be ‘in
Christ’ in my motel and at the same time by being in that spirit
of prayer inject the Lord into the affairs of my children,
daughter-in-laws, and grandchildren. I can reach into the lives of
missionaries in India and Africa that I pray for with the power of
God. I can also inject God’s power into 51 different churches,
pastors, pastor’s families, and their congregations. I can be ‘in
Christ’ sitting in my motel, and in the spirit be in the lives
of others and in Christ be sitting in the heavens with Him. My, my,
my what a position with multiple dimensions.
in verse 6 ‘The Distance Of Our Progression’. He speaks here
of ‘receiving Christ’ which is so different from the decision
based message of today. When the word ‘Christ’ comes before
the word ‘Jesus’ we have a great lesson taught. The thought
is centered around the word ‘Christ’. Paul is saying the one
who is now exalted is one who once humbled Himself and became
obedient unto death. This is the reason for the order ‘Christ
Jesus’. In order for us to progress in our walk we must realize
that humility is the key to exaltation. The word ‘Lord’ is one that
speaks of a new master. Ownership brings lordship for the one who
has truly received Christ. He must be under new management. This
teaching is greatly opposed to the pray a prayer salvation taught
In verse 7 we
find ‘The Depth Of Practice’. Paul brings up two metaphors
with the words ‘rooted’ and ‘built’. It is that of a
tree and the other of a building. The tree metaphor is used many
times in the Bible. David said we are like a tree planted by the
rivers of waters. There is a gnarled pine tree in Death Valley,
Calf. which is 4,600 years old. It is called Methuselah. It was
here during the flood. A child of God deeply rooted in Christ will
not be moved by the world’s winds.
speaks of an ornate Cathedral. As we are grounded in faith and
taught the scriptures we become a cathedral reaching forth to the
heavens with lives of praise and thanks to God and His Son in whom
we find our place of abode.