Have you ever heard someone say “I wish we could go back to the good old days?” This is a common response to a terrible story on the news or to a local scandal that holds our attention. But were there really any “good” old days? Or have we really had the same problems, the same rebellion and the same corruption for hundreds and thousands of years? Of course culture changes and people change with it, but I don’t think the central problem in our lives has ever really changed. We are sinners, therefore we sin. And apart from Christ, there is no hope! Thank God that is not the end of the story.
This week at Redeemer we will be continuing in our Colossians series, with Billy Newhouse, with Completion in Christ and the Freedom He Brings from Colossians 2:6-23. The problem that Paul is focusing on with the church at Colosse is not very different than what we see today in our own local churches, in our own lives. There were people in the church who were combining the Gospel of Jesus Christ with their own religious habits and principles. They were saying things like “Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch!” Of course Paul’s concern is that people be trusting in the true gospel and not in their own abstinence from certain pleasures or religious morality! What makes this so compelling is that Paul argues that these “means” to holiness will fail every time–but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh! (verse 23)
So how can we stop the indulgences of the flesh? How should we view our task of living in this world and yet not being of the world? Paul reminds the Christians at Colosse that “in Him you have been made complete…” Why do people who have been made complete continue to try to add on to the gift they’ve received? Why are we so prone to grab a sliver of glory for ourselves? Join us this week as we consider the implications of being free to live, obey and die for the King of Kings!