“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him,” – Colossians 2:6 ESV
Need some encouragement?
Need a reminder of how to live?
Need a purpose?
Well, the Apostle Paul gives us a heaping dose here in Colossians 2:6 and there are three main points to consider:
- “Therefore…” – The message that Paul is about to give comes as a direct result of what he has just told us. And what has he just told us? Well, let’s look back a few verses and see verse 1:28, that one of the main purposes of Paul’s ministry is to “present everyone mature in Christ.” Then, we are told in verse 2:4 that Paul is writing this message so “that no one may delude you with plausible arguments.” So, if we want to be presented mature in Christ (v. 1:28) and if we want to avoid the deluding message of skeptics, we need to listen up to what follows!
- “…as you received Christ Jesus the Lord…” – How did we receive Christ Jesus our Lord? The short answer: through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. God calls us to Himself and through this call, we see that we are desperate sinners in need of a Savior. And we haven’t just sinned against ourselves and caused a mess for ourselves, we have sinned against a holy (separate from us and set apart) and righteous (perfect) God. This holy and righteous God is also just, which means that though He loves us, He must punish sin – the guilty will not go unpunished. So, He sent His Son – His holy and righteous Son – to take our place. He lived the perfect life we could not live and died the death we should have died. Then, through His resurrection (Easter), He declared victory over sin and set us free from the power of sin. Through His work, we can be reconciled to the Father. And we receive this free gift of salvation by simply acknowledging our sin, confessing that we need a Savior and by trusting in the perfect work of Christ to do what we could not do. As it says in Romans 10:9-10: “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” This is how we received Christ Jesus the Lord!
- “…so walk in him.” – At first glance, I suppose this idea of “walking in him” might seem a tad weird. However, this doesn’t mean to trample on Him or to imitate His gait, or style of walking. It means this is our manner of following Him, or the “how” we follow Him. Therefore, as we are instructed, our manner of following Him should be in the way we received Him. And how did we receive Him? Via the gospel. Therefore, our walking in Him should mirror the gospel.
Coming to Christ via the gospel includes a humbling of ourselves because we know we have sinned against a holy and righteous God and we know that we do not deserve to be forgiven. After all, if we are forgiven, we will go right back out and sin again! But through Christ, we are forgiven – once and for all and to the uttermost. So, regardless of our lot in life or our personalities, or whatever else makes us different, walking in Christ should reflect a recognition of what Christ has done for us. Our lives should be a “thank You” to God. Our lives should reflect the humbleness of Christ. And our lives should reflect the grace and mercy and forgiveness that has first been shown to us through our Heavenly Father.
We are not called to live a life of trying to earn our salvation. We are not called to live a life of doing a bit more good than bad. We are not called to live a life of “being a good person.” We are called to live a life of “walking in Him,” of walking in Christ. This is our encouragement! This is our reminder! This is our purpose!