Colossians 2: Are You Rooted In Christ?
Verse of the Day: (V7) “Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”
1. Received (V1-6)
V5 “For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.”
Though Apostle Paul was imprisoned for his faith in Christ and was not with the Colossians Christians, yet he could feel and sense their steadfast love and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ after they had believed and received Jesus as their personal Saviour. Paul then commanded and encouraged them to continue to walk in Christ and build up their faith in Him despite of their suffering and persecution because of their belief in Him.
V6 “As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:”
2. Rooted (V7-9)
V7 “Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”
Paul commanded them to be rooted and built up in Christ and God’s Word so that when false teaching and crises come their way they would not fear or panic, but would be strong and firm in their faith in Him. Indeed, let us be rooted and built up in Christ by praying, studying and applying God’s Word in our life, and be thankful for His salvation.
V8 “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”
3. Risen (V10-23)
V10 “Ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:”
In the days of Apostle Paul, just like today, many walked by sight and their own wisdom, and refused to acknowledge that they were sinners who needed the holy God to forgive their sins and unbelief. Indeed, only when we believe and receive Christ as our personal Saviour will we find completeness and contentment in life. Jesus died for our sins and the third day He rose again to conquer death. Once we believe in Jesus, we must then be baptised as an act of obedience to Him, as well as to identify ourselves as buried like Him in the water, and raised in the newness of life, so that henceforth we live for Christ alone.
V12 “Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to be rooted and built up in You and You alone.