Reasons to Give Thanks

I am thankful for growth, that we are constantly being built up in You, more firmly established day by day.

As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

Colossians 2:6-7

Me: Good evening, Jesus!

Jesus: Good evening, Jon!

Me: There is a “therefore” in Colossians 2:6. What is that there for?

Jesus: That verse stands upon the whole chapter. Paul was exhorting the Colossians to look to Me for guidance and to be able to put aside those who were bent on introducing misleading doctrines (heresies).

Me: I see some specific examples enumerated in the chapter.

Jesus: What do you see? It will be beneficial to list them.

Me: O.K. –

  1. Comfort, overcoming disquiet
  2. Unifying love
  3. Faith/assurance in understanding (not tentative)
  4. Acknowledgment of the mystery of the Goddhead
  5. Treasure trove of wisdom and knowledge in God
  6. All the above as a guard against being misled or enticed into believing attractive error
  7. Order (I Am is a God of order, not chaos. )
  8. Steadfastness
  9. Faith (in Christ)
  10. Thankfulness/gratitude
  11. Wariness against deceit, philosophy, traditions of men and the world
  12. Recognition that Jesus is the exact (complete) representation of the Godhead
  13. Recognition that we are complete in Him
  14. Recognition that Jesus is Supreme over all powers and principalities
  15. Recognition that we are given power to overcome sin in Christ
  16. We are identified with Jesus in His death (to sin) and resurrection (to eternal life)
  17. In Jesus, the law and its condemnation was fulfilled and no longer contrary to us
  18. In Jesus, we have triumph over those (evil) powers and principalities
  19. We are not to submit to legalism, but see our whole existence in Christ
  20. Jesus nourishes and holds His body together and enables it to increase (if we are bonded to Him)
  21. Those identified in the death of Christ are not subject to the ordinances of the world as a way to serve God
  22. There ought not to be any pride in obeying the ordinances of the world

Jesus: What do you think now?

Me: There is an absolutely astonishing array of guidance, protection, wisdom, and promise to be thankful for in that chapter!

Jesus: Was it helpful to write down the points made?

Me: Yes, it was! Thank you! I love You!

Jesus: You are welcome! I love you!

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Jon

Awestruck son of the Sovereign of the universe, from whom all rights and responsibilities of men derive.

8 thoughts on “Reasons to Give Thanks”

  1. Astonishing array indeed of God’s mercy and grace in those 22 points, Jon. It was a joy to read them over slowly and let each truth sink in. Grateful to God for His great love towards us! Happy Thanksgiving, Jon, to you and yours.

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  2. This is an excellent pattern for exposition of Scripture rather then “proof-texting” what we believe. Your method provides an overview of a larger portion of verses and helps to avoid those “heresies” that creep into the Church by selectively memorizing favorite texts. Nothing wrong with memorizing individual verses, but keep them grounded in the whole counsel of God. 2 Timothy 3:16.

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    1. Thanks a lot, C.A.! Glad it spoke to you. Paul certainly jam-packed that passage, one gold nugget after another in every sentence. You can really see his heart lamenting the damage that the Judaizers were doing to the faith of the Colossians (and Laodiceans), calling them to remember the foundation of their relationship with Christ. We, of course, have the same issue in our day, when many are drawn after the philosophies of the world and few are well-immersed in the scriptures. Sorry for the late reply. We spent the day with a friend who is in rehab after a motorcycle accident in July.

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