Colossians 2:5 (NIV) For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.
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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.
In Colossians chapter two verse four, the Apostle Paul warns Christians about deceptive people with seductive teachings trying to lead believers away from the truth of the Gospel message.
Now, the church in Colossae had been planted by a man named Epaphras who was with Paul as he wrote this letter to the Colossians. And I imagine he’s there telling Paul about the wonderful people inside the church loving one another, cheering each other on to stand strong in their faith. And as Paul looks through the eyes of Epaphras and sees the condition of the church in Colossae, he continues with this in Colossians chapter two verse five “For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.”
Paul says I’m absent from you because I’m in house arrest here in Rome, chained to a Roman soldier 24/7, but I want you to know that I am with you in spirit. This was a common expression used to communicate intimacy. It’s the equivalent of us saying, “My heart is with you.”
And then Paul uses two military metaphors.
He says I’m delighted to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith is in Christ. The picture here is of an army that stands together in an orderly formation, strong and immovable when the enemy tries to come against it.
And Paul’s saying I have confidence that the faith all of you have in what you know to be true is so strong that together you will resist false teachings.
So, your Simple Truth for today: When the enemy comes and tries to take your mind off of Christ, stand firm in what you know is true so that you can resist those false teachings and beliefs.
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