Today you should read: Colossians 2
In September of 2011 FBC Somerset (the church Sarah and I were members of at that time) held a revival called: Life is better with Jesus. Over the years as I have been involved in various more traditional churches I have been a part of several revivals; some were great and some weren’t so great. This one truly was powerful in many ways. One of my younger brothers was actually saved and baptized during the revival that week. So, it was particularly awesome for me personally and my family. The only issue I had with the revival, oddly enough, was its name. I never understood why they added the word “better” in the name? I do understand the point they were trying to make to draw lost people in, but I felt that “Life is with Jesus” would have been a much better and more Biblical name. Scripture is very clear that there is no life apart from Jesus. We may think we are living when we try to do it on our own or under some other religion or philosophy, but true life only comes from Jesus.
That is the main focus of our passages today in Colossians 2. Paul warns the believers at Colosse, and us as believers today, not to rely on the philosophies and principles of this world, but rather to rely solely on Jesus (v.8). In Jesus we have been given fullness. (v.10). In Jesus we have been given life and there is life found in no one else (v.13). In Jesus we have been given freedom from our sin and the freedom from the law which brings condemnation (v.14-15). In Jesus we see the fulfilment of God’s redemptive plan for humanity which everything points to (v.17).
So, to put it another way: life is not just better with Jesus. Jesus is not a just a good option for us in life along with a myriad of other good options the world has to offer. Jesus isn’t even the “best” option of other valid options we should consider to have a good life. Jesus is the ONLY option for life that we have! There is no life without Jesus because it is only in Him that fullness and freedom can be obtained. It is only through the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus that we can have life.
Paul clearly warns the Colossian believers not to be taken captive by hollow and deceptive philosophies of the world that are so enticing and may even sound like they’re true. God’s word through Paul advocates the same clear warning for us today. As 21st century believers we must stand firmly on the truth of the gospel, preach it to ourselves daily, and cling to its truth among a world of lies.
How do you do that? 1.) Stay intimate with your savior through The Word and in prayer. 2.) Know what God’s Word says for yourself and don’t rely on others for all your Biblical growth. 3.) When you hear doctrine or philosophies that sound sketchy, don’t assume they’re correct even if they sound good. Take time to check them against God’s Word so that you don’t fall prey to Satan’s attempt to distort the truth about Jesus you have believed in your life.
Posted by: Matt Mofield