By Edna M. Thompson
Siloam Youth Sunday School Teacher
We regularly try but fail to live up to human expectations and traditions. Through Jesus, God forgives all our trespasses and triumphs over all earthly rulers and authorities. Paul’s ministry emphasizes that there was no need for followers of Christ to look beyond what is written in the Scriptures for a source of understanding, since God has supplied everything needed for their spiritual growth and knowledge through the example and teachings of Christ Jesus.
In our lesson taken from Colossians 2:6-15, Paul began his formal warnings against the dangers of false teachers. He started with a personal appeal. He then focused on both the false doctrine and the false practices of the false teachers. In warning against philosophy according to human tradition, Paul referred to a variety of teachings and religions that were common in the ancient world. Paul gave advice and caution to the Colossians to keep their initial pledges of faith in Christ, by which their community life as believers had begun.
In today’s world, we as Christians can rest assured of our completeness in Him. We must be encouraged by the fellowship of the saints that as we are met with opposing views, we can stand on the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As a community of believers, it is incumbent on us to join with spiritual leadership in building up the body of Christ by remaining confident that Jesus is who He says He is. Also, in our hearts, we must stand guard against any attempts of the enemy of our souls to cause distractions, distortions, and confusion. We can only be effective in sharing love and winning souls for Christ by being steadfast and unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.
During this economic downturn, church folks have lost the joy in their lives. For them, it is not a wonderful life. What is missing? Christ is missing! “It doesn’t matter if you’re depressed. It doesn’t matter if you’ve cheated. It doesn’t matter if you don’t believe in yourself. Christ makes you full. Christ’s love never fails. It never gives up. It never runs out on us. We will always fall short, but Christ’s resurrection will always make up for our shortcomings and make us full and complete.” It’s a wonderful life in Christ!
Our legal obligation can be thought of as our “I.O.U.” to God. The cost is more than we can afford. No one can pay the price. The law brought condemnation because, even though the Jewish people embraced it, they could never live up to it. All sin is lawlessness (1 John 3:4). The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). We owed a debt we could never pay. In his ultimate power and mercy, God accepted the sacrifice of Christ as full payment for all the sins of all the people in all the world through all these many years! Jesus was our willing representative when he died on that cross (Hebrews 10:10).
The indictment that stood against mankind was not only erased, but removed. No longer do God’s people have to try to pay for their sins. Be grateful! Jesus has taken all our sins away, triumphing over them by the cross.