Daily Archives: January 14, 2019

January 14 – Colossians 2:20-23

Welcome to 2019! This month, we are walking slowly through the book of Colossians. Paul wrote this letter to the church at Colossae, and Philemon which we’ll be reading in February,  when he was imprisoned in Rome. This book offers practical guidelines for Christian living as well as encouragement and warning. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Colossians 2:20-23

20 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: 21 “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? 22 These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. 23 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.

SOAP Note

All It Takes Is Jesus | Becky Newman

Scripture

Colossians 2:20-21

Observation

There’s a specific false teaching invading the church of Colossae that Paul is speaking to that is sneaking a Jesus+ culture into the church. It’s the teaching that just Jesus is not enough; you have to do A, B, and C in addition to believing in Jesus. Paul calls it out as baloney here. All it takes is Jesus.

Application

It’s funny that an argument often heard for not choosing to be a Christian — there are too many rules I’d have to follow — is counter to the way Paul says it’s supposed to be. But their argument is valid, though not for being a Christian, instead for being a member of a church because many of our churches and denominations have adopted Jesus+ cultures. But bringing it back to Truth from the one authority that is the Word of God, all it takes is Jesus. Jesus will transform us through the Holy Spirit, and there is freedom in His transformation, as opposed to bondage through not doing something because a pastor said not to do it.

What rules or restrictions am I placing before Jesus that contribute to the Jesus+ culture? My nature is legalistic, so I know there’s something.

Prayer

Lord, reveal to me the rules or restrictions that I am adding to belief that are detracting from Jesus Christ as the Way, the Truth, and the Life. In my going, may I promote that ALL it takes is Jesus.

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