#4909 – Only in Jesus

Good morning people who do not pride yourself on what you can do.

Colossians 2:20-23 NIV Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.

WOW! What a scripture!

Let me bring this down to a clear truth that I believe Paul is restating throughout the Book of Colossians:

Who we need is Jesus Christ, and what we need is found in Him.

This is the truth that Paul is labouring over to communicate in these first two chapters of Colossians that we have been stepping through.

Paul is not saying that anything goes. He is not saying to not submit to any natural rules. He is not even saying that it doesn’t matter what you touch, taste, see or partake of. This is not his message.

His message is that some spend so much time focussing on these things, that these things rule their lives and they pride themselves on what they can do and how well they do things!

Paul’s opening words in these scriptures and closing words are his main point:

You died with Christ and are now alive in Him, and it’s only through Him and the power of the Holy Spirit that you can live a truly God-honouring life.

Paul was calling the church back to the main thing – the one thing – and that is life in Jesus Christ. I echo his words today: It’s all about Jesus and our life in Him.