Colossians 2:6 (NIV) So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him,
Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.
This week in Colossians, Paul teaches the essence of the Christian life. Starting with today’s verse found in Colossians chapter 2:6, “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him.”
Paul says there are 2 parts to your Christian experience:
One. Your Christian life begins with a new birth when you receive Christ Jesus as Lord. Paul’s saying, “You surrendered your life to the Lordship of Christ. You confessed your belief in Him. You asked for his forgiveness. And by faith, you gave your entire life to Christ Jesus as Lord.”
It’s interesting to note that Paul doesn’t often use the entire name of Jesus Christ in his letters as we see him doing here. You’ll see him call him Jesus, or Lord, or Christ, but you don’t usually see the whole name Christ Jesus as Lord. What’s he doing here? He’s reminding them of exactly who they have faith in. Jesus, which means your salvation. Christ, the Messiah, the one in whom the entire Old Testament points to. Lord, the one who’s in charge, the one who has absolute ownership rights. That’s who you trust for your salvation.
So, you received by faith.
And the second part of living as a Christian? Paul says “continue to live your life by faith.” In other words, you’ll be tempted to follow some philosophy, some system or something other than the person Jesus. Don’t. The words “continue to live” means “to walk” in the original Greek language. Continue to walk through life with Him. How? By prayer, by spending time daily in the Word, by separating yourself from worldly things. And just like a toddler who is learning to walk, you will begin to grow stronger and more mature in your walk with Christ.
So, your Simple Truth for today: The very essence of the Christian life is this: You received Christ Jesus the Lord by faith. Now, continue living your life in Him by faith.
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