Summary: The Superiority of Being in Christ- Colossians chapter 2 verses 6-15 – sermon by Gordon Curley (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
• The Traveller (vs 6)
• The Tree (vs 7a)
• The Building (vs 7b)
• The School (vs 7c)
• The River (vs 7d)
• The Prisoner (vs 8)
• The Gift (vs 9)
• Where would you rather eat;
• In a fast-food takeaway or in a good, family run restaurant?
• What would you rather drive:
• A clapped-out old rusty car or a brand new one straight from the dealer’s showroom?
• If you had a £10,000 gift card where would you rather shop:
• In a Bargain Basement shop like Primark or in Harrods?
• Would you take a job in which you earnt the minimum wage;
• And were on zero-hour contract or a job that paid generously;
• With rest breaks, health care and holiday entitlements?
• TRANSITION: The answers to those questions are obvious,
• Most of us probably all of us know exactly what we would choose and why,
• Yet, when it comes to theology (the things of God),
• Too many people sell themselves short!
• They choose the wrong option;
• The poorer choice when a better option is offered to them.
• Non-Christians do that when they reject Christ;
• And they end up exchanging something that is inferior in his place.
• And sadly, some Christians also get side-tracked;
• And allow cheap substitutes to come into their lives and spoil their walk with Christ.
• In this letter the apostle Paul is telling these Christians at Colosse,
• Not to let people sell them short, to delude them with persuasive arguments,
• Because in time, those decisions;
• Will only turn out to be inferior replacements for the real thing!
Notice: Twice in the chapter the apostle Paul writes let no-one deceive you (vs 4&8).
4”I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments”.
“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ”.
• These Christians were encountering false teachers and false doctrines,
• They were peddling them in the Church and people were being taken in by them.
• The teaching sounded so right, but in content it was so wrong.
• The Greek term used here in verse 4:
• Describes the persuasive arguments of a lawyer.
• Who is doing his best to defend his client, even though he knows his client is guilty!
• In warning the Christians at Colossae against false teachers:
• The apostle Paul used several vivid word pictures;
• If we like the Christians at Colossae;
• Take note and grasp hold of this warning, then we too can overcome the enemy.
(1). The Traveller (vs 6):
• Late last century,
• An American tourist paid a visit to a renowned Polish rabbi, Hofetz Chaim.
• He was astonished to see that the rabbi's home;
• It was a simple room filled only with some books, a table and a bed.
• The tourist asked him, "Rabbi, where is your furniture?"
• Hofetz Chaim replied, "Where is yours?"
• The puzzled American asked, "Mine? But I'm only a visitor here. I'm only passing through."
• The rabbi replied, "So am I."
• We might not live as literal as the Rabbi, but don’t miss the point!
• All Christians should remember that we are citizens of another place,
• Quote: As the old hymn says; “This world is not my home; I am just a passing through”
• ill: Remember the title of John Bunyan’s classic book, ‘The Pilgrims Progress’
• We are pilgrims, visitors, tourists, aliens, travellers in this world.
”So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, CONTINUE to live in him”.
“…so WALK ye in him” (KJB).
• The Christian life is compared to a pilgrimage,
• And believers must learn to walk.
• Paul had already encouraged his readers to “walk worthy of the Lord”
• (chapter 1 verse 10),
• And later in the letter he would twice use this image again,
• (chapter 3 verse 7 & chapter 4 verse 5).
• We are to walk in Christ the same way we originally received Christ;
• i.e. By faith.
• The false teachers, the deceivers, the enemies of the Christians;
• The Gnostic’s:
• (an agnostic is a ‘don’t know’ a Gnostic is one who claims ‘to know’ special knowledge)
• They wanted to change the gospel by introducing some “new truths”.
• They taught that faith in Jesus Christ alone was not enough,
• We need a Jesus plus.
• It happened 2,000 years ago and it is happening still today.