Colossians 2.20-23 – Being in Control
Posted: 30 June 2010 in Colossians

Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body: not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.

That question of Paul’s is easily answered. If justification is by works, then we are effectively put in control. As long as we clock up enough brownie points in this life, we earn our ticket into heaven, and there is nothing left for God to do, except honour his side of the bargain. If, however, salvation is through God’s grace alone, then that puts God in control, and we are much less keen on that.

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