Colossians 2.3-10 – True knowledge and false.
Posted: 6 February 2013 in Colossians

In whom [Christ] 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:

Elsewhere Paul sums up this passage with the sentence, “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God” (1 Cor 3.19). The only wisdom worthy of the name is to know God and to obey him. There is nothing substantive which the world can add to that knowledge of God which is to be got exclusively from the divinely inspired scriptures. Everything purporting to be a true statement concerning God must be measured against that standard, and it must be rejected if it cannot reasonably be inferred from the scriptures. Even if some way out speculation should, by pure chance, have some baring upon the truth, and of course we could never know that it did, it would not be part of that body of knowledge which the Lord has revealed to us, We would have no business prying into the secret things of God, which he has reserved unto himself.

It is very easy to imagine atheists snorting at the very idea that any knowledge of God can come only from him, but even people professing themselves to be Christians can today be found preferring their own ideas to the Bible’s teaching. Those ideas are often so far off the scale of Christian orthodoxy that they can only be called heretical. Denying the doctrine of the Trinity is one increasingly common example. Ours seems to be the age of designer religion, where it matters little what the truth is, and the only thing which does matter is whether or not something makes me feel good, or whether or not I find it agreeable.

That there is a God who promises judgment at the end of time, with the promise of heaven for some, and the threat of hell for others, might not be an idea congenial to this present age, where even some Christians want to do their own thing and have their own DIY theology. But if we accept that there is a God who judges according to his own standards, and not ours, we will have a knowledge of the one true God, and, when it finds a humble heart and listening ear, the Holy Spirit will be able to increase our knowledge.

Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day. (Psalm 25.5)

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