Colossians 2:1-7 / Steadfast and Wise

Posted on May 3, 2015

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This is the seventh in a verse by verse exposition of the book of Colossians. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the evening of May 3, 2015. This message deals with the importance of being rooted in the truth of Jesus Christ. This post contains an audio recording of the sermon, as well as my sermon notes (sermon notes are not necessarily a complete transcript).

SERMON AUDIO:

Col. 2:1-7

SERMON NOTES:

 v.1:

This struggle or conflict is one of earnest, fervent, heartfelt prayer. He had a great concern for these believers, and it showed in his prayers. At the time that he wrote this, prayer was all he could offer. 

He was unable to move beyond the walls of his prison, being continuously held by the chain linking him to a Roman soldier. But even this didn’t stop him from stepping on to the battlefield of prayer.

This was obviously prayer in which he strenuously exerted himself. I wonder how many of us have ever prayed so fervently and strenuously that it became a struggle. How different might things be, if this were a picture of our prayer life?

Its interesting to note, that Paul’s prayer is not limited just to those he knew. His mention of Laodicea, indicates that the heresy had spread there, as well. We should be so moved by the heresies of today, that we labor and struggle in prayer for those who are facing it, even if we don’t personally know them.

v.2:
The prayer was that they would be encouraged unified in love. False teachers divide, and Paul wanted them to stand strong, as one body, in the face of these false teachers. One consequence of being encouraged and united is attaining “all riches of the full assurance of understanding”. True assurance and understanding is rooted in the faith filled knowledge of God.

  • 1 John 5:13

v.3:
True wisdom and knowledge can only be found in God.

  • Job 28:12-28
  • Proverbs 2:6 
  • Proverbs 9:10

No matter how hard we try, we will never be wise apart from Christ. Whoever seeks wisdom, must first, by faith, look to God.

  • James 1:5

Solomon is a great example of this.

  • 1 Kings 3:5-12
  • 1 Kings 10:23

v.4:
Paul gives a very good reason for seeking the wisdom and knowledge of God. Its so you will not be deceived. The wisdom and knowledge of God is of paramount importance when confronted with false teachers.

The false teachers can often be very persuasive, so we must be rooted in the truth. This is why he has been stressing both the deity and the sufficiency of Christ, because these are the very things that the gnostics were teaching against.

He demonstrates the importance of knowing what the false teachers are teaching, so that you know how to counter it.
v.5:
Because he was a prisoner, Paul was unable to be present with the Colossians. That did not mean, however, that his love and concern for them was any less. Though not physically with them, he felt his spiritual oneness with them and rejoiced in their orderliness and in the firmness of their faith. 

  • good order” contains a military term denotes the orderly array of a band of disciplined soldiers. 
  • Steadfastness” is also drawn from a military term. It means solidity and compactness. 

He sees the situation of the Colossians as being like that of an army under attack and affirms that their lines were unbroken, their discipline intact, and their “faith in [reliance on] Christ” unshaken. This steadfastness is certainly a reason to rejoice!

vv.6-7:
Receiving Christ as Lord and Savior is the beginning of life with Christ. But you must continue to follow his leadership by being rooted, built up, and strengthened in the faith. We should imitate Christ, follow His example. We should live for Him.

You can live for Christ by: 

  1. Committing your life and submitting your will to him (Romans 12:1-2)
  2. Letting the Word of God teach us. (Colossians 3:16)
  3. Recognizing the Holy Spirit’s power in you, and allow Him to work in you. (Acts 1:8)

He is the only sure foundation.

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