…attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God's mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. - Colossians 2:2-3
Wealth – The wealth of the Kingdom of God comes not from the things you possess but from the ‘full assurance of understanding.’
Many Christians walk around with an assurance which can be rocked by circumstance or even by their own failures. That is because when they were led to the Lord they were sold an assurance that was based on an action they took.
What are you trying to say, Ben?
Ok – follow me here.
Perhaps you responded to a call at a crusade, or someone walked you through some spiritual laws.
What they said made sense. You did not want to die a hopeless death, doomed to an eternal fire, so you repeated a prayer with this counselor.
[Just for the record – there are thousands – perhaps millions of folks for whom this was the path that led to their solid and genuine salvation. But let’s get back to my example.]
You repeated a prayer with someone and then they took you to a scripture verse that ‘assured’ you of your salvation. Something like:
'AND IT SHALL BE THAT EVERYONE WHO CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.' - Acts 2:21
“So then,” says your evangelist, “are you saved?”
“I – I – guess so,” you say.
“Don’t let anyone talk you out of it,” say they. “Next…”
You walk away from this encounter ‘kingdom poor’ with a ‘faith’ you have been talked into. A faith based on your work (a repeated prayer) not Christ work (His death and resurrection and the offering He made at the thone of God.) The reason there is a danger of being talked out of this kind of faith, is that you have been led through a natural door of logic. What you have been talked into can be displaced by a better argument.
That’s why Paul says:
For this purpose also I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me. - Colossians 1:29
He did not use natural means to bring salvation to the cities of Asia Minor. He was energized by the power of the Almighty within him.
He says in another place:
…and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. - 1 Corinthians 2:4-5
I pray today that if this is your story, that you would press in to the mystery of God – Christ Himself – ask Him to reveal Himself in you. If you have nothing but an argument for your faith, I pray today you will seek the mystery of the ages – Christ in you – that’s my hope and the hope of Glory!
Thanks for stopping by today.
Don’t hide your light – let it shine today.