Who Are You People?
2/19 – Firmly Rooted (Colossians 2:1-7)
Introduction — Here Paul describes the reasons he labors for this church, agonizing over their growth in Christ. Paul states clearly he works according to the mighty power of God within him. Paul is honest before the Colossian believers. Paul wants them to know how greatly he struggle on their behalf. Paul wants them to take courage. Paul wants them to know how closely knit they are to Christ and to one another and to him. Paul wants this church to see how rich they truly are. Their true wealth is in Christ. He is their greatest treasure. Paul wants to ensure that no one will delude this church with persuasive arguments. Paul loves this church. He is with them in spirit. He rejoices in their good discipline and their stable faith in Christ. Paul wants them to keep walking in Christ. Paul wants them to know that they are firmly rooted in Christ, their foundation and source of life. Paul wants this church to overflow in gratitude to Christ. Paul really wants the best for this church. How about us? Do we want the best for one another? Do we help one another grow in Christ? Do we proclaim Christ? Do we encourage one another? Do we strengthen one another? Do we steer one another away from false doctrine? Do we help one another walk by faith in Christ? Do keep reminding one another that Christ is our life? Do we direct one another to be firmly rooted in Christ?
I love you and I want the best for you in Christ. That means I will agonize over your growth in Christ. I will pray for you. I will encourage you. I will walk with you, and I will urge you to walk closely with Christ. I will direct you to be in step with Christ.
FIRMLY ROOTED IN COURAGE & LOVE THROUGH CHRIST (1-2)
Comments: Paul relates his deep anguish for the Colossian church. He also tells of his great struggle for those in Laodicea, and for all those he never met. Paul wrestles for them through his prayers and teaching and encouragement to them. Paul sincerely loves this church and wants the best for them. Even though he’s never seen them, Paul wants this church to see the firm foundation they have in Christ. Paul wants them to know the courage and love that’s theirs through Christ. And Paul doesn’t hesitate to share his anguish over them. He wants them to walk more closely with Christ. Paul willingly shows them their close connection to Christ and to one another. Paul agonizes over their growth in Christ. Questions: How about us? Do we agonize over the growth of a fellow believer? Do we want the best for them? Do we tell others our desire for them to walk closely with Christ? Application: See the firm foundation you have in Christ. See the courage and love you have through Christ. See the need to come alongside folks (at least one person) in the church, walking with them and helping them walk closely with Christ. Spend time with one another (face-to-face, if possible), telling one another how much you care. Tell of your deep concern. Tell how you want the best for one another. Point one another to Christ. Help one another stay close to Christ.
FIRMLY ROOTED IN WISDOM & KNOWLEDGE OF CHRIST (2-5)
Comments: Next, Paul relates his great struggle for them to see the wealth they have in Christ. Paul wants them to realize the riches of their faith in Christ. Paul wants them to see that their source of true wisdom and knowledge is in Christ Himself. Indeed, Paul has a deep concern for this church. He wants them to have full assurance of Christ, and he wants them to be fully alert to arguments against Christ. Paul wants no one to delude this church. Paul loves this church and wants the best for this church. He wants them to be firmly rooted in wisdom and knowledge of Christ. Questions: How about us? Do we want the best for everyone in the church? Do we long to see everyone in the church growing closer to Christ? Do we anguish over someone’s foundation in Christ? Do we direct others to be in step with Christ? Do we urge folks to consider their wisdom and knowledge of Christ? Do we point them to Christ? Application: Earnestly desire the best for others. Agonize over their growth in Christ. Remind them of their life in Christ, the source of their wisdom and knowledge. Encourage them to remain steadfast in Christ. Remind them to be alert to arguments against Christ. Point them to Christ. Help them stay close to Christ.
FIRMLY ROOTED IN FAITH & OBEDIENCE TO CHRIST (5-7)
Comments: Paul relates his sincere agony for this church. He prays for them. He loves them. He wants the best for them. Paul genuinely desires for this church to grow closer to Christ. Paul wants them to walk in step with Christ. Paul wants them firmly rooted in their faith and obedience to Christ. Paul urges them “as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him.” Paul directs them to walk by faith in Christ. Paul directs them to walk in humble obedience to Christ, overflowing with thanks to Christ. Paul reminds them that they are firmly rooted to Christ Jesus the Lord. Christ is their foundation. Christ is their source of life. Christ is their life. Questions: How about us? Do we agonize over the growth of fellow believers? Do we walk with them? Do we urge them to walk closely with Christ? Do we encourage them in faith and obedience to Christ? Do we overflow in gratitude to Christ? Do we have joy in Christ? Application: Tell others in the church you care for them. Walk through life with them. Pray for them. Encourage them. Agonize over them. Weep for them. Weep with them. Rejoice with them. Rejoice for them. Seek the best for them. Want the best for them. Direct them to be in step with Christ. Urge them to walk in faith and obedience to Christ. Point them to Christ. Help them stay close to Christ.
Word Study for Colossians 2:1-7
1 great (helikos—how extensive; intense; extraordinarily great)
1 struggle (agon—contest; battle; fight; conflict; opposition; make weary)
2 encouraged (parakaleo—invite; comfort; exhort; call together to; ask for earnestly; to strengthen)
2 knit together (symbibazo—unite; guide; cause to be a unit; join together; drive together)
2 full assurance (plerophoria—complete certainty; convince fully; accomplish fully)
3 treasures (thesaurus—storeroom; treasure box; treasury; deposit; store)
4 delude (paralogizomai—deceive; defraud; to calculate fraudulently; beguile)
4 persuasive argument (pithanologia—convincing speech; probable arguments; enticing words)
5 rejoicing (chairo—to be glad at; to take pleasure in; be delighted; cheer; happy)
5 good discipline (taxis—order; arranging; sequence)
5 stability (stereoma—foundation; strength; firm; solid; steadfast)
6 walk (peripateo—walk up and down; walk about; behave; conduct one’s life)
7 rooted (rhizoo—be strengthened; take root; cause to take root)
7 built up (epoikodomeo—build upon; make more able; make a foundation)
7 established (bebaioo—confirm; secure; increase inner strength; cause to believe)
7 overflowing (perisseuo—be in abundance; more than enough for; be in excess)
Application for Colossians 2:1-7
Let’s proclaim Christ to all people.
Let’s teach one another to grow up into Christ.
Let’s work hard for one another.
Let’s be encouraged in Christ.
Let’s seek to know Christ more and more.
Let’s walk by faith in Christ.
Let’s continue to be firmly rooted in Christ.
Let’s overflow in gratitude to Christ.
Gospel Connections for Colossians 2:1-7
Christ is the treasure we seek. He is the wisdom we need. He is the knowledge we cannot live without. Christ is the hope of glory. Christ died to reconcile sinners. Christ rose from the dead. He is the firstborn from the dead. Christ has first place in everything. Christ is our strength. As we receive Christ, we must walk by faith in Christ. He is our firm foundation. He is our source of life. He is our life. Christ is our life.
Thoughts and Quotes for Colossians 2:1-7
Christian community is like the Christian's sanctification. It is a gift of God which we cannot claim. Only God knows the real state of our fellowship, of our sanctification. What may appear weak and trifling to us may be great and glorious to God. Just as the Christian should not be constantly feeling his spiritual pulse, so, too, the Christian community has not been given to us by God for us to be constantly taking its temperature. The more thankfully we daily receive what is given to us, the more surely and steadily will fellowship increase and grow from day to day as God pleases. ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together
Complacency is a deadly foe of all spiritual growth. Acute desire must be present or there will be no manifestation of Christ to His people. ~ A.W. Tozer
All growth that is not toward God, is growing to decay. ~ George MacDonald
You can't build a foundation of sin now for a life of purity later. ~ Craig Groeschel, Weird
There's not a word yet, for old friends who've just met. ~ Jim Henson
He is your friend who pushes you nearer to God. ~ Abraham Kuyper
A friend is more to be longed for than the light; I speak of a genuine one. And wonder not: for it were better for us that the sun should be extinguished, than that we should be deprived of friends; better to live in darkness, than to be without friends. ~ John Chrysostom
The loftier the building, the deeper must the foundation be laid. ~ Thomas ὰ Kempis
The foundations of national morality must be laid in private families. ~ John Adams
The foundations of civilization are no stronger and no more enduring than the corporate integrity of the homes on which they rest. If the home deteriorates, civilization will crumble and fall. ~ Billy Graham
A successful man is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him. ~ David Brinkley
There is only one secure foundation: a genuine, deep relationship with Jesus Christ, which will carry you through any and all turmoil. No matter what storms are raging all around, you’ll stand firm if you stand on His love.
~ Charles Stanley
The greatest cause in the world is joyfully rescuing people from hell, meeting their earthly needs, making them glad in God, and doing it with a kind, serious pleasure that makes Christ look like the treasure He is.
~ John Piper, Don’t Waste Your Life
To gain the treasure, you must leave the trash. ~ Eric Samuel Timm