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Dr. June Normil
Salvation is more than a moment in time at which point we profess Christ at an altar. It lifelong walk with Christ and pursuit of Him. Paul's writing to the Colossians provides us with a good understanding of salvation. Paul urged them to continue in that faith, using terms like "rooted," build up," and "strengthen" (Colossians 2:7). He appealed to them not to forsake the true gospel, but to dtay with it, giving thamks to God for it. Paul noted very real dangers faced by the Colossian Christians. There were false teachers in the city who sought to take captive their faith in Christ. These false teachers used worldly wisdom, lies, and manmade religion to persuade gullible people to abandon faith in Christ. Paul strenly rebuked those who taught that Jesus could not have been both human and divine. In undermining the identity of Christ, they undermined many core teachings of Christianity. The false teachers said that no one could be spiritually complete or whole in relationship to God by trusting in Jesus for salvation. Paul refuted this teaching as well. The heretics at Colosse also taught that certain acts or works were necessary for salvation. More specifically, they commanded that male believers be circumcised (See Acts 15:24,28-29). All who trust in Christ for salvation are, in effect, spiritually circumcised by their new life in Christ (Colossians 2:11), with Christian baptism being the symbol of this new reality (verse 12; Romans 6:3-4).
[For Pesonal Reflection] How can you become better equipped to discern true and false teaching?
REJECT MAN-MADE RELIGION (COLOSSIANS 2:18-23)
The firstrequirement of being a disciple of Jesus Christ is that we believe in Him. Remember that Jesus said to the twelve, "Who do you say I am?" and they answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God." Many toda---even some identified as Christians--do not believe this about Jesus. If we do not believe that Jesus is Messiah, Son of God, and savior of the world, we are not disciples of Jesus Christ. How does being a disciple of Jesus impact you? How does being a disciple of Jesus impact you? What does it mean to deny yourself, takeself, take up your cross, and follow Him? Because He is who He is, He is woerthy of your full allegiance. Pray that God will give you strength and discernment to be established in Christ
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Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 99 Number 4 Jun. Jul. Aug. 2018 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
Dr. June Normil