Colossians 2:6 – Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him.
As I was meditating on this verse, the words “As you received Christ” stuck out in my mind. These words seem to beg the question, how–how did I receive Christ? And immediately my answer is faith. We received Christ through faith (Eph 2:8). When taking a look at the context of Colossians 2, this thought becomes even more solidified.
2:4-5 – I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments. For though I am absent in body, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the firmness of your faith in Christ.
However, this specific time as I meditated on the phrase “As you received Christ,” I began to take it one more step and think about the other elements and characteristics involved in my reception of Christ. I made a list: through faith, with excitement, with joy, with enthusiasm, with repentance (turning from my sin), having restored fellowship with God, obtaining new life, with self-denial, with complete dependence, with trust in Christ and not in my own performance, in belief, with gratefulness, in thanksgiving, with consequence, with permanence, with security, with reverence and fear of the Lord, and finally as the verse says, as “the Lord” of my life. This list goes on.
The rest of the verse says “So walk in Him” (or as the NASB says, “continue to live in him”). In other words, as Christians, we are to “walk” just “as you received Christ Jesus the Lord.” So, are we? Are we walking just as we received Christ?
In verse 7-8 Paul lays out practical ways of doing so.
2:7-8 – Rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.
* Originally posted on former blog, I’m Calling Us Out.