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February 24th, 2018 - Col 2:1-2

                 Daily Devotional <> February 24, 2018 <> Saturday

                         Christ is sufficient <> Colossians 2:1-2

                         Point of Contact <> Bro. Ben Van Winkle

 

   Paul compares this verse in chapter 2, with the last two verses of chapter 1. Paul is describing here what he is trying to do by teaching & preaching, to present every believer mature in Christ. It appears here that there is great conflict in Paul's prayers, here the great conflict is in behalf of those he had never met. From the first day he had heard of the Colossians, he had prayed for them as well as those in the neighboring city of Laodicea, & for opther Christians he had not yet met (Revelation 3:14-19) for the later sad state of the church there).

   V:1, can be a comfort to those who are never privileged to engage in public ministry, it teaches that we need not be limited by what we can do in the presence of people. We can serve the Lord in the privacy of our rooms on our knees. If we do serve publicly, our effectiveness depends largely on our private devotions before the Lord.

   The exact content of Paul's prayer is given in this verse. The first part is that their hearts be encouraged. The Colossians were in danger of the teachings of the Gnostics. So encouragement here means confirmed & strengthened.

   The second part of the prayer, is that they might be knit together in love. If the saints went on in happy, loving fellowship with one another, they would present a solid flank against the enemy. And, their hearts were also warm in love to Christ. It is a well know fact that the Lord reveals the deeper truths to those who are close to Him.

   What does Paul mean when he says that they may know, the mystery of God <> & Christ? He is still referring to the church <> Christ the Head of the Body <> & all believers members of the Body. But this particular aspect of the mystery which he has in mind is the headship of Christ. He is anxious that the saints should acknowledge this truth. He knows that if they realize the greatness of their head, they will not be drawn away by the Gnosticism or other evil cults that threaten.

   Paul wants the saints to utilize His resources, to draw upon Him in every emergency. He wants them to see that Christ, makes everything possible for the Christian.