by Tony Nester

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Tony Nester
Colossians 2:4-10

Today we've reached Colossians 2:4-10. (read passage)

This is one of several passages in the New Testament
that tell us that it's possible to make a good
beginning as a believer but then lose the life of
faith that God had intended for us to live. Blessings
that God had planned to give us are forfeited.
Ministries that God wanted us to accomplish for the
Kingdom are left undone. Spiritual gifts that God
wanted to bring into play in our lives remain in

Jesus told a parable about a farmer who went out and
scattered seed on his field. Some of that seed fell
among weeds. It started to grow but then was choked
out by the weeds around it. That seed never reached
its potential. So it can be with believers who start
in faith but then have the faith choked out of them:

"...the cares of the world, and the lure of wealth, and
the desire for other things come in and choke the
word, and it yields nothing." (Mark 4:19 NRSV)

Jesus also urged his disciples to remain united to him
lest they become lifeless branches that never bear the
fruit they were intended to bear:

"Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch
cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the
vine, neither can you unless you abide in me." (John
15:4 NRSV)

This is a serious danger in the Christian life. We can
lose what God so much wants us to have. We can miss
that which God yearns for us to become.

Paul is trying to help the Christians at Colossae to
avoid this spiritual tragedy.

{6} As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the
Lord, continue to live your lives in him,

Don't be deceived. Don't be taken in by clever
arguments. Don't let your mind be captured by
deceitful ideas. Don't lose all that you've gained in

Bible scholars will tell you that the Colossian church
had come under the threat of false teach ...

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