Know Who Jesus Is

Colossians 2:1-10 – For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words. For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.

Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

Danger of perversion of the truth

  • Enticing (persuasive) words -Teaching that tells us what we want to hear, that encourages us to “do our own thing.”

Colossians 2:4 – I say this so that no one will deceive you with persuasive [but thoroughly deceptive] arguments. (The Amplified Version)

2 Timothy 4:3-4 – “For the time is coming when [people] will not tolerate (endure) sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching [for something pleasing and gratifying], they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold, and will turn aside from hearing the truth and wander off into myths and man-made fictions.”  (The Amplified Version)

  • Philosophies –   Learning more and more about less and less until finally you know everything about nothing.

Colossians 2:8 – See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception [pseudo-intellectual babble], according to the tradition [and musings] of mere men, following the elementary principles of this world, rather than following [the truth—the teachings of] Christ. (The Amplified Version)

2 Timothy 3:7 – “forever inquiring and getting information, but are never able to arrive at a recognition and knowledge of the Truth.” (The Amplified Version)

  • Traditions –  Traditions in and of themselves are not bad, but when they take precedence over God and His Word, they are wrong.

Colossians 2:8 – See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception [pseudo-intellectual babble], according to the tradition [and musings] of mere men, following the elementary principles of this world, rather than following [the truth—the teachings of] Christ. (The Amplified Version)

Matthew 15:8-9 – “These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me.  And in vain they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.”

  • Legalism –  A believer who puts himself back under legalism would be like a man admiring the photograph of his father but ignoring his father’s actual presence.

Colossians 2:16-17 – Therefore let no one judge you in regard to food and drink or in regard to [the observance of] a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day. Such things are only a shadow of what is to come and they have only symbolic value; but the substance [the reality of what is foreshadowed] belongs to Christ. (The Amplified Version)

1 Timothy 4:1-5 – “Now the Spirit explicitly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons…forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving.”

  • Mysticism –  Mysticism stresses the inner light and ignores the true light.  It may confuse truth with personal experience.  While personal experience can be real, we must not base our faith on personal experience, but on the Word of God.
  • Idolatry – God alone deserves our worship.

Colossians 2:18 – Let no one defraud you of your prize [your freedom in Christ and your salvation] by insisting on mock humility and the worship of angels, going into detail about visions [he claims] he has seen [to justify his authority], puffed up [in conceit] by his unspiritual mind, (The Amplified Version)

  • Asceticism – We cannot make ourselves good by anything we do or do not do.

Colossians 2:20-21 — If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were still living in the world, do you submit to rules and regulations, such as, “Do not handle [this], do not taste [that], do not [even] touch!”? (The Amplified Version)

Answer to these perversions

  • Know who Jesus is
  • All knowledge dwells in Him

Colossians 2:3 – in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge [regarding the word and purposes of God]. (The Amplified Version)

  • The fullness (full measure, plenitude, that which has been completed) of God dwells in Him

Colossians 2:9 – For in Him all the fullness of Deity (the Godhead) dwells in bodily form [completely expressing the divine essence of God]. (The Amplified Version)

  • Know what Jesus has done  for you.
  • Before his sin in the Garden of Eden, Adam did not know the true meaning of seven words.  After his fall, Adam added these seven words to his vocabulary.  The second Adam (Jesus) met and dealt  with each of these seven words.

First Adam’s Dilemma –  Death

Genesis 2:17 – but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”           

Second Adam’s Answer to Death

John 11:25 – Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.

First Adam’s Dilemma – Cursed

Genesis 3:14 – So the Lord God said to the serpent:  “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life.

Second Adam’s Answer to Cursed

Galatians 3:13 – Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”.

First  Adam’s Dilemma – Sorrow

Genesis 3:17 – Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:  “Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life.

Second Adam’s Answer to Sorrow

Isaiah 53:3-4 – He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.  And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him;
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.  Surely He has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.

First Adam’s Dilemma – Thorns

Genesis 3:18 – “Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it
all the days of your life.  Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,

Second Adam’s Answer to Thorns

John 19:5 – Then Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. 

First  Adam’s Dilemma – Sweat

Genesis 3:19 – In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; fFor dust you are, and to dust you shall return.”

Second Adam’s Answer to Sweat

Luke 22:44 – And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

First Adam’s Dilemma – Sword

Genesis 3:24 – So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.

Second Adam’s Answer to Sword

John 19:34 – But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.

  • Know who you are
  • You are complete in Him (full of the Godhead)

Colossians 2:10 – And in Him you have been made complete [achieving spiritual stature through    Christ,] and He is the head over all rule and authority [of every angelic and earthly power]. (The Amplified Version)

  • You are buried with Him (your old sin nature is dead)
  • You are raised with Him (a new, victorious life)

Colossians 2:11 – In Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, but by the [spiritual] circumcision of Christ in the stripping off of the body of the flesh [the sinful carnal nature], (The Amplified Version

Romans 6:3-7 – “Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death?  Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.  For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.  For he who has died has been freed from sin.”

Romans 6:8-14 – “Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him.  For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.  Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.  And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.  For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.”

  • Know what you are to do for Him
  • Be rooted and built up in Him
    • Rooted like a tree – draw your nourishment and strength from Him.
    • Built up like a building.  Jesus is your foundation.

Colossians 2:6-7 – Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in [union with] Him [reflecting His character in the things you do and say—living lives that lead others away from sin], having been deeply rooted [in Him] and now being continually built up in Him and [becoming increasingly more] established in your faith, just as you were taught, and overflowing in it with gratitude. (The Amplified Version0

Psalm 1 – “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.  He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.  The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.  For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”

Matthew 7:24-26 – “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.  But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.”

1 Corinthians 3:11 – “For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

  • Walk (live daily) established (firm, stable, holding fast and not letting go) in the faith.

2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 – “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.”

Hebrews 13:9 – “Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines. For it is good that the heart be established by grace, not with foods which have not profited those who have been occupied with them.”

Psalm 40:2 – “He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.”

  • Walk with thanksgiving

Philippians 4:4, 6 – “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”

1 Thessalonians 5:18 – “in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Hebrews 13:15 – “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.”

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