It was the first generation after Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection.
The early church was growing and thriving; the gospel had gone beyond the confines of the Jews and was now reaching Gentiles all over the Roman Empire.
And the enemy wasn’t happy!
He was losing major territory and something had to be done about it.
Though Paul had never visited Colosae, and was presently in prison, news had reached him that false teachers were infiltrating the church.
They were teaching that Jesus wasn’t actually God and were introducing legalistic doctrine to the church.
In an effort to bring the church back to the centrality of the gospel, Paul penned this letter.
The book of Colossians is by far the best presentation of Christ that we see in the Bible. He addresses the sufficiency of Christ, His divinity and His supremacy.
Then in the latter half of chapter 3, Paul begins to address the behavior of a Christian:
What his character should be like
What his home life should be like
What his behavior should be like
Colossians was written some time between A.D. 58-62, so there was an entire generation, and a new generation being raised, that had never actually seen Jesus. He had ascended to heaven some 30 years earlier.
So all they knew of Jesus was what they had heard.
And they faced the same danger that we face today.
Christianity is only ever one generation away from being extinct. If false teachers could convince them that Jesus was not God and that salvation was based upon works:
How good they are
The holy things they did
Avoiding those things that are not holy
Then they could, essentially, eradicate Christianity. Because any religion that teaches salvation based on works, holiness based on works, and the acceptance of God based on works, is not Christianity!
Those who teach this doctrine preach another Christ. (2 Corinthians 11:4)
And, sadly, today there are many false teachers in the church who are preaching another Christ.
They preach that Christ isn’t God, that the Bible is not infallible, and one of two imbalances of the Christian walk: and imbalance of freedom or legalism that binds the believer in fetters of man’s law.
It is time to get back to the basics of salvation!
During the month of March we will be looking at what the Bible says about salvation:
What is salvation
How do we become saved
What is justification and sanctification
How can we share our faith
And so much more!
I hope you will join me this month in looking at salvation in it purest form and how we can share the gospel properly and effectively.
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