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Colossians #6: This. Jesus.
Colossians 2:6–7 NIV
6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Colossians 2:8 NIV
8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.
Jesus is Enough
Jesus + Anything is not Jesus
Colossians 2:9–15 NLT
9 For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. 10 So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.
11 When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision—the cutting away of your sinful nature. 12 For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.
13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. 15 In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.
This. Jesus. is Enough
Colossians 2:9 NIV
9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form,
Jesus is enough for our salvation
Colossians 2:11 NIV
11 In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ,
Jesus is enough for our forgiveness
Jesus is enough for our victory
Colossians 2:15 NIV
15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
This. Jesus. is Enough!
Colossians #6 RECAP
In this passage, Paul addresses maturity in Christ from the angle of applying the gospel and its benefits to our lives. Think back to your school days. Was there any subject matter you struggled with? Concepts you had difficulty applying? What finally made it ‘click’ for you?
Verse 6 instructs believers to walk in Christ in the same way that they received Jesus. What do you think this means?
In verses 11-12, Paul seems to connect the Old Testament rite of circumcision with the New Testament rite of baptism. What do you think he means by this?
Verses 13-14 give us yet another “gospel nutshell,” where Paul describes what Jesus has done to save us. How would you describe our condition before and after being born again?
Of the actions this passage describes God performing to save us, which is most meaningful to you?
The point of verse 6 is that we should continue in the faith the same way we started: by grace, through faith. Why, then, do you think so many Christians seem to think that we’re saved by grace but that we grow through personal effort and disciplined rule-keeping?
What does the phrase “rooted and built up” imply to you? Where do you feel you need to be more rooted? How can your community group help build you up in Christ?
What are some “human traditions” that Christians are tempted to put confidence in rather than Jesus? What are the dangers associated with them?
Read verses 13-15 again. How does it make you feel to know that God has won this decisive victory, through Christ, on your behalf?
In your time of prayer this week, spend a significant portion learning how to “abound in thanksgiving”. Take five minutes to make a list of as many things as you can think of to be thankful to God for. Then use that list to give the Lord thanks and honor for all he has done and continues to do.