Are there false teachers among us? Certainly. The early church was impacted by them and so are we.
The Apostle Paul was prompted to write his letter to the church at Colosse to encourage believers to walk in Christ and resist the false teaching of the day.
One such false teaching held that there were other mediators between God and man.
Paul emphasizes—it’s only Jesus—in Him dwells all fullness and by Him, alone, are we reconciled to God.
“For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.”(Col 1:19-20)
Christ is the ONLY mediator between God and man. His blood made our peace. What He did was enough and gave those who call on Him as Savior access to a Holy God.
And it is to Him ALONE that we pray.
And we can pray to Him about anything and everything-when we are happy, sad, angry, hurt, confused…whatever we are feeling, we can go to Him.
We go to GOD!
The One true God.
THE KING OF THE UNIVERSE hears our prayers!
As I started writing this, I was focused on false teachers, but as I opened the Word, honestly, I had found myself pretty sad. So many hard things are happening around me. People I love are hurting. Honestly, I wanted to cry.
But as I read truth from the Word, as I prayed, and pondered, and wrote, it became so very sweet to me to remember, once again, WHO I can run to regardless of how I’m feeling.
I don’t have to get my emotions cleaned up before I can go to God and pray. I can freely approach the throne of the Most High God because Jesus made the way.
“And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight—if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.” (Col 1:21-23)
We who have been reconciled by the blood of the Lamb, therefore , pronounced holy and blameless, can go to God and keep going to God.
What a Savior!!
Therefore, no matter how we feel, no matter what happens around us, we can continue in the faith grounded and steadfast as we go to the Lord seeking truth and praying.
Yes, there are hard things going on around us tempting us to despair. And there is false teaching trying to confuse us.
But friend, let’s don’t be moved away from the hope of the gospel by false teaching, or our emotions, or anything else!
As Paul wrote in another of his famous letters,
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies, but test everything; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil.
Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. (1Thess 5:16-24)
HE WILL SURELY DO IT!
I’m so thankful He comforts us as we pick up the Word. He will surely do it! ❤️