Summary: Our all sufficient Christ is our security in the midst of life’s uncertainties. Sixteen key atttributes that are worthy of our worship, focus and exploration.
Our All Sufficient Christ for Our Insufficiencies (Col. 2:1-18)
Everything that looks SPIRITUAL is not!
You’ve probably heard the expression "red herring." This term was coined from a method of training hunting dogs to follow the scent of their prey. Once the dogs were following the proper scent, their trainers would draw red herrings (a stinky fish) across their paths. Initially, the dogs would be diverted by the scent of the herring. They had to be trained to ignore that scent and instead stay focused on the scent of their prey. So a "red herring" is something that is introduced which diverts our attention from what we should be pursuing. Paul’s thesis is that the key to authentic spirituality is pursuing Jesus Christ, because He alone is the Source of all true spiritual knowledge,
"In Whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." (see note Colossians 2:3)
We are completely sufficient, competent and acceptable to God through the wholeness found in Christ Jesus:
Paul writes in Col. 2:8-10:
"See to it that no one carries you off as spoil or makes you yourselves captive by his so-called philosophy and intellectualism and vain deceit (idle fancies and plain nonsense), following human tradition (men’s ideas of the material rather than the spiritual world), just crude notions following the rudimentary and elemental teachings of the universe and disregarding [the teachings of] Christ (the Messiah).
9For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form [giving complete expression of the divine nature].
10And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life and are complete[in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead--Father, Son and Holy Spirit--and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power].
Song: Jesus Thou has Bought us not with gold or gem. But with Thine own life Blood for Thy diadem. With Thy Blessing filling each who comes to Thee. Thou has made us willing Thou has made us free...
Praise God that Christ is sufficient in the following areas:
1. BEST LORD - He said, All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. You call me Lord, Lord and you are right. Christ’s authority entitles us to take authority over the evil forces that seek to destroy, damage and derail many. He is Lord over death, hell, judgment and every opposing philosophical, political, military, social, cultural, religious, or economic power that vies for the allegiance of many.
2. BLOOD PROVIDER - The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin and provides us with the atonement by which we find full forgiveness from our past, present and future sins.
His power can make you want to be.
His blood can cleanse your soul and set you free.
His love can fill your mind and you will see.
Is best to let Him have His way with you.
His blood provides us with our redemption, righteousness and release from all that enslaves sinners - guilt, hell, unrighteousness, evil, the world, the flesh, sin and judgment.