Apologetic Lessons from Colossians 1
by Billy Dyer
The book of Colossians is a very short but powerful book in the New Testament. The author is the apostle Paul (1:1), who has alongside of him Timothy. Paul had never been to Colossae. How did this church get started? A guy named Epaphras preached to them the Gospel (1:6-7).
The most likely scenario is that Epaphras heard Paul preach in Ephesus (Acts 19) which is 120 miles west of Colossae. Then he took the Gospel back to his people and started a church.
Unfortunately some false teachers had begun to creep into that church. They were combining different ideas from Judaism, Christianity, and Phyrgian mysticism (cf. 2:8; 2:16-19, 23). They were saying, “The Gospel is good but you also need…” Paul’s response is that we have everything we need in Christ (cf. 1:9, 1:23, 1:28-29, 2:6, 2:9-10). The Gospel is all the power we need.
1:3-4, “We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love which you have for all the saints.”
Christ was the Object of their faith. Paul prays because he has heard of their faith, love, and hope (1:5). Faith is not simple “belief” for even the false teachers believed in Christ. This wasn’t “faith in faith”. It was Faith in Christ. If your faith in Christ is simply belief in his existence or belief that he ascended back to heaven then congratulations for the demons believe that. Our faith in Christ has to be focused on a correct group of propositions about who he is and what he has done. We must make sure that the faith we have is in the correct teachings of Christ (2:6-8).
We have to make sure we are also teaching solid doctrine while we do apologetics. Statistics show must so-called Christians haven’t received the true Christ. 40% strongly agreed that Satan is not a living being but simply a symbol of evil. 38% strongly agreed and 20 % agreed somewhat that the Holy Spirit is a symbol of God’s power or presence but not a living entity. More than 22% strongly agreed that Jesus Christ sinned when He lived on the earth, with an additional 17% agreeing somewhat. That’s almost 40% who think Christ sinned!!! When faced with the statement that “the Bible, the Koran, and the Book of Mormon, are all different expressions of the same spiritual truths we see that 41% agree, 40% disagree, and 20% are undecided. That means 60% of the so-called Christians are clueless as to what the Bible says, especially, regarding the nature of Christ…
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