Colossians 1:3 “We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you.”
GETTING BACK TO THE BASICS:
Paul knows that the only way to not be led astray by false teachings is to lay a solid foundation for a Christian.
And that's exactly what he does in his letter to the believers in Colossae.
Listen to today's teaching to discover the solid foundation that Paul lays for us about who Jesus Christ is in our lives.
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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.
We’ve been studying a letter that the apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Colossae to help them deal with false teachings that were weakening the church. While we are 2,000 years removed from the writing of this letter, Paul’s message applies to us today just as much as it did to the new believers in Paul’s day. Because we are still dealing with mis-information or mis-teachings weakening us as Christians today. Why? Well, I think it might be because we don’t really have a solid foundation of what the Bible teaches us.
Paul saw that and decided to go back to the basics. Because you truly know what the Bible says, no one can lead you astray. Amen?
So, as is typical in Paul’s style of writing, his letters begin with praise or thanks. Now, Paul is a genius. Every single word in his letter has a purpose. Even when he gives thanks or writes what he’s praying, he’s shaping it to address the real situation that’s occurring in the life of the reader.
Just like here… in Colossians 1:3, Paul writes, “We (meaning Paul and Timothy) give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you.”
Alright. Seems simple enough. Yes? “I thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” However, even in this one verse, Paul is laying down that solid foundation.
Did you catch it? Paul’s proclaiming the identity of Christ. He’s showing Jesus Christ as equal with God the Father. But Paul also distinguishes between the Father and Son. And Paul will go into this more later. But calling Jesus Christ Lord indicates that there is no other God or thing like angels above or equal with Him. He is the creator of all that is visible and invisible. He created this universe, and He created you.
So, your simple Truth for today: There is only ONE God. New age beliefs tempt us to put ourselves at the center of our lives. But if we’re being honest, that’s not working out so well for us.
My prayer is that today we turn our minds and hearts back to the Lord Jesus Christ and worship Him and Him alone. God, thank you that you are the God and Creator of this universe. We ask for your forgiveness when we’ve made us the god of our lives. Help us this day to commit living and have the courage to live for you alone. Amen.
Hey, thanks for joining us today. Please share this podcast with that person God is laying on your heart right now. Seriously, that’s the Holy Spirit talking to you. So, open up your smartphone and share this podcast with them. Thank you in advance for doing that!
God bless you. I’ll see you soon.