October 11, 2015 | text: Colossians 2:6-15
Rooted and Built Up Think about the roots of a plant. Whether you’re transplanting tomato seedlings into garden soil or looking at an overturned pine tree, it is obvious that the health and strength of a plant depend on it’s root system. The soil has to be of good quality at the right depths in order to sustain the plant. The roots bring in nutrients and water as well as physically support the plant. If we see a mighty oak, a hundred feet tall and a hundred years old, then it surely has good roots in good soil. If we are rooted in Jesus Christ then we don’t have to worry about the quality of the soil; all the necessary nutrients for growth are there. Stability is there. “Like a tree planted by rivers of water, I shall not be moved.” Spiritual growth can occur when our roots are in the right place. Paul is writing to believers that have established their root system in the faith. A strong building must have a sure foundation. If you don’t start well there is nowhere to go but down.
Full of God If I put a dollar bill in my wallet, then put my wallet in my pocket, where is the dollar now? I would be lying if I said “I don’t have any money in my pocket” even though the dollar bill is technically in my wallet. It is also in my pocket. The fullness of God’s deity is in Jesus Christ. It’s mention in verse 9 just as a reminder of what was written in chapter 1: “… in whom all the fulness of God was pleased to dwell.” The fullness of God is in Christ and Christ is in you. Where is God now?
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 2 Corinthians 4:6-7
John’s Gospel describes Jesus as the true light which came into the world but what does Jesus tell his follows in the sermon on the mount? He says You are the salt of the earth and You are the light of the world. Matthew 5:16 “let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Thy word is lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105) What do we do with the Word of God? Hide it in our heart. What’s in your heart? We read the written Word and hide it in our hearts. Jesus is the incarnate Word, and dwells in our hearts. The written Word and Word made flesh are both light that shines in darkness and both in the heart of every believer! The world is going dark, SHINE YOUR LIGHT! “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Baptism is the new circumcision. Beginning in verse 11 (of Colossians 2) Paul describes circumcision not made with hands. He is not talking about a physical act that takes place in the body; he is describing the symbolism of being buried with Christ in baptism. This idea is shared by Paul in several letters. ” I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives within me.” We are buried with Christ in believer’s baptism. Circumcision, in the Old Testament, was an outward symbol of God’s people. In Deuteronomy 10:16 God says to Israel “Circumcise your hearts.” The outward sign is meant to symbolize an inward difference. We are not baptized until after we are saved. The outward sign symbolizes in inward change. Baptism is the believer’s first profession of faith, declaring to the world for the first time “I am dead to sin and alive in Christ.” The descendants of Abraham were given circumcision under that particular covenant. Baptism is given to Christian believers in the New Testament Church. They were given the Law. They were given the Temple, and animal sacrifice, and high priests. It was all symbolic of what was to come. Christ is the real thing that the symbols spoke of. The “legal demands” in Col. 2:14 were nailed to the cross.
We are dead to sin and the world, but our life is hid in Christ. Paul says when Christ appears at his glorious coming, we shall appear with him. You are rooted in Christ and established in the faith. You are filled with God’s spirit, with God’s Word, with God’s light. You are filled with God! Give thanks to God, shine your light before men.
Peace and God bless.