“Confirmed in the Belief” ( Colossians 2: 6 – 9, KNOX ) by Carley Evans

Paul worries about the Colossians – they do not know him personally. He is with them in spirit, but not face to face. He is concerned they are deceived by high-sounding, religious jabber that may call them away from our Head, that is, Jesus Christ who is the full embodiment of “the Godhead.” Paul seeks to encourage them to avoid the principles which appear spiritual on the outside and follow after the One who nailed those principles to a Cross. He writes:

“as ye have taken Jesus Christ our Lord, walk ye in him,

and be ye rooted and builded above in him [rooted and built above in Christ], and confirmed in the belief, as ye have learned, abounding in him in doing of thankings.

See ye that no man deceive you by philosophy and vain fallacy, after the tradition of men, after the elements of the world, and not after Christ.

For in him dwelleth body-like all the fullness of the Godhead.”

Paul calls the Colossians to “abound in Him in doing of thankings” and in so doing, confirm themselves as “in the belief.” They are not to worry over whether they’ve eaten the right thing or celebrated the correct day; rather they are to abound in love, in unity, and in thanksgiving. As Paul writes elsewhere:

“8 The time will come when we shall outgrow prophecy, when speaking with tongues will come to an end, when knowledge will be swept away; we shall never have finished with charity. Our knowledge, our prophecy, are only glimpses of the truth; 10 and these glimpses will be swept away when the time of fulfilment comes. 11 (Just so, when I was a child, I talked like a child, I had the intelligence, the thoughts of a child; since I became a man, I have outgrown childish ways.) 12 At present, we are looking at a confused reflection in a mirror; then, we shall see face to face; now, I have only glimpses of knowledge; then, I shall recognize God as he has recognized me. 13 Meanwhile, faith, hope and charity persist, all three; but the greatest of them all is charity.” (1 Corinthians 13: 8-13, KNOX)

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  1. Anita Austin says:

    I used to have a struggle with Paul as he is so direct and what I call a choleric. But after doing a Beth Moore study on his life I discovered the Paul that the people knew and loved. It changed my thinking on him entirely. I can almost imagine the scene when he left Ephesus and they followed him to Miletus (spelling) they just could not let him go. I thought he must have been a way more friendly and loving man than I thought. He certainly gave his all to share the Good News. We have him to thank for his hard work. This is a good word. He never went to Colossi but he knew ones from there (including Philemon & Onesimus) as it was not all that far from Ephesus. Thanks for sharing. .

    1. lambskinny says:

      You’re welcome Anita! Remember many of Paul’s friends were women– smart women.

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