The church, however, had been infiltrated by religious relativism, with some believers attempting to combine elements of paganism and secular philosophy with Christian doctrine.
Paul warns them against shifting from faith in Christ alone to any beliefs based on self-effort.
Interact with God’s Word: Colossians 2:5-8
- What (v. 5) about the believers in Colosse made Paul feel good?
- What concerned Paul (v. 8) about these believers?
- What (v. 6) was the foundational belief of the Colossian Christians?
- So how should this foundation lead them to live out their faith?
- How (v. 7) does a plant draw nourishment from the soil? How can you derive life-giving strength by sinking your “roots” into Christ?
- What are indicators that a person is growing in his faith?
- How does being thankful to Christ for your salvation protect you from being diverted to false philosophies or religion?
Spend Time in Prayer: Ask God for a genuine gratitude for your salvation that helps you keep grounded and growing in your faith.
5 For though I am far away from you, my heart is with you. And I rejoice that you are living as you should and that your faith in Christ is strong.
6 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. 7Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
8 Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ.