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Colossians 2.1-10 – Christ and divine revelation as the only means to salvation.
Posted: 31 January 2012 in Colossians

For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ. As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power.

Although not stated quite as explicitly as elsewhere, there is here a theme which recurs throughout the New Testament: Namely Christ as the only means of salvation. To accept that truth requires a certain amount of humility, and humility is a virtue not always easy to be come by; especially amongst those who pride themselves on their intellectual prowess. God speaks, and, if we would be truly wise, we listen. Without adding anything of our own, and without allowing anybody else to add it for us. That is what Paul means when he warns his readers against being beguiled with enticing words of man’s wisdom, or spoiled through philosophy and vain deceit. Of course that does not mean that there is no true knowledge to be obtained in other fields, and by other means, but when it comes to salvation, and the knowledge of God, divine revelation is the only way to true knowledge. There is nothing to be added to (or taken away from) what God has revealed, in Christ and in the scriptures.

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