ESTABLISHED IN THE FAITH

Monday – April 11, 2016

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Thank you Lord for another Monday to build the Kingdom of God.  Like this little girl, let’s open wide to receive God’s Word making a conscious decision right now to make it our Word.  His ideas are our ideas, His Words are our Words, and His actions are becoming our actions.  Our ideas which most likely had their origination in the world, aka the kingdom of darkness ruled by the serpent, will not build the Kingdom of God but have the opposite effect on us and the larger Kingdom.

Proverbs 3:5-8 (KJV)
5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.
8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

Sounds like trusting the Lord could turn into a pretty good deal to me.  Now, let’s get back to our main text in Colossians.

Colossians 2:6-8 (KJV)
6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
8 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.

In verse six of the preceding passage the Apostle Paul is exhorting the saints and faithful brethren at Colossae and Laodicea to walk in Christ Jesus in the same way as they received Him as Lord, which was by faith.  Remember that faith is powered or fueled by love and whatever is not of faith (in God) is sin, and finally faith is the ONLY way to please our Heavenly Father.  You know how good it makes you feel and how favorable you feel and act toward a person when they believe you and act upon your word?  Well our Heavenly Father feels the same way, after all we are in His image and likeness.

We ended last week talking about verse seven and the necessity of being rooted and built up in Him.  Jesus is The Root, our Root with all that is necessary for our entry into and function in the Kingdom of God.  This is a reality as the result of what He was willing to do as His part in The Blood Covenant.  God in the flesh reached one hand to mankind and one to the Father and shed His blood satisfying the requirements of Blood Covenant for mankind and God.  He, Jesus as man and God, died in His physical body and was raised again incorruptible so that we could have the same, He died spiritually and was born again so that we could have the same.  O What A Savior!!  O What A Father!!  O What A Holy Spirit!!

Our text goes on to point out that we are to be established in the faith.

Colossians 2:6-8 (KJV)
6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:

7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
8 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.

When one is established they are stable, and so we are to be stable.  Notice that it says “stablished in the faith”.  It does not say ‘stablished in faith’ (no ‘the’) but “the faith”.  “The faith” revolves around our first faith at entry into the Kingdom of God, notice verse six “As ye have … received Christ Jesus the Lord”.  In that context, let’s review Romans 10:8-10 again.

Romans 10:8-10 (KJV)
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

So, the Word of faith in verse eight above is confessing Jesus as Lord and believing that God (the Father) raised Him from the dead.  This is critical because if God the Father did this for His Son then He must do it for us as His part in The Blood Covenant.  When we are saved we are kept and protected by the power that created and keeps all things from imploding to this day.  God raised Jesus from both physical death and spiritual death.  He then restored Him to the Godhead.  In the same way He has provided for our physical resurrection to an incorruptible body and the quickening of our spirit man as well as our restoration to the Godhead.  We are not God but we are in the Godhead for we are in Christ Jesus who is part of the Godhead.

By Pastor David R. Wood