Colossians #8: Colossians 2: 8-10
Colossians #8: Colossians 2: 8-10
John 3:16 (MSG)
Galatians 4:4 (MSG)
2 Corinthians 5:21 (MSG)
1 Peter 3:18 (MSG)
It's the word of faith that welcomes God to go to work and set things right for us. This is the core of our preaching. 9 Say the welcoming word to God—"Jesus is my Master"—embracing, body and soul, God's work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That's it. You're not "doing" anything; you're simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That's salvation. 10 With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: "God has set everything right between him and me!"
Watch out for people who try to dazzle you with big words and intellectual double-talk. They want to drag you off into endless arguments that never amount to anything. They spread their ideas through the empty traditions of human beings and the empty superstitions of spirit beings. But that's not the way of Christ. Everything of God gets expressed in him, so you can see and hear him clearly. You don't need a telescope, a microscope, or a horoscope to realize the fullness of Christ, and the emptiness of the universe without him. When you come to him, that fullness comes together for you, too. His power extends over everything.
"Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?" which means, "My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?" (Matt 27:46 (MSG)
This notion destroys the incarnation, destroys the atonement, and destroys the resurrection, a gospel “good news,” which is no gospel at all.
The Gnostics taught that when one has the secret knowledge of Christ; one enters into the spiritual realm of existence escaping the material realm of existence. Then what happens in the material is of no consequence, your escape is set. Doesn’t matter what you do or don’t do, what happens in the material realm no longer has any bearing on your spiritual self. Just learn the secret passwords in order to be saved.
Now you may have never believed that the position of planets and stars have sealed your fate. You may have never believed that your zodiac sign makes you a certain way. But there are things we do believe that exert tremendous influence upon our lives. These things all deal with what we think about ourselves. The world can be terribly cruel, as a child you have no defense against these cruelties. You become imprinted with a distorted understanding of who you are. Then as you grow these misleading self-images become self-fulfilling and we become our own worst enemies believing the lies of neglect and abuse. The other end of the spectrum can also cripple us, you might have grown up thinking you were all that and a bag of chips, that you’re the best, that you deserve the best. Like Gaston in Beauty and the Beast or Lancelot in the 1967 version of Camelot who sings about how wonderful he is (C’est Moi). A bloated ego distorts reality just as much as a negative self-image. Jesus sets you free from these influences. The scripture declares that when Jesus saves you, he makes you new empowering you to become the person He created you to be (2 Corinthians 5:17). As you overcome He gives you a new name, the one always intended for you to identify with (Revelation 2:17). Stop believing the lies. Find out who this new person is and partner with God by keeping in step with the Holy Spirit to become the person God always intended for you to be.
“[Jesus] was supreme in the beginning and—leading the resurrection parade—he is supreme in the end. From beginning to end he's there, towering far above everything, everyone. So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding” (Colossians 1:18-19 (MSG). Everything and everyone is subject to Jesus. Everything you need to know about being saved and how to live your life to the full is found in Jesus.
Don’t get spiritually off track, use common sense, so you won’t get dragged away into uselessness by the persuasive arguments of influential people.
Everything you need to know to thrive spiritually is out in the open, public knowledge, all found in Jesus.