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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #7
Posted: September 28, 2007


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 which say, 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.” In each of these three verses we have the mention of being “in Christ”. Our 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.

Paul mentioned 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 today.

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.

The building 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.