Wanted to share my notes for Colossians study I did awhile back.
Great book. These notes come from reading the study guide and personal application. I have included “personal application ” from the study guide below.
We see this pluralism and syncretism today. This diluting of truth for the uniting of different religions is indeed a terrible idea and the children of God should know better.
Self-fulfillment and freedom without surrender is sacrilegious.
It isn’t loving at all to condone, or approve of religious belief that doesn’t put it’s roots in Jesus Christ.
Anybody seeking self-fulfillment or true freedom without surrender to Jesus Christ is pure heresy.
Our “self-fulfillment “ is our identity in Jesus Christ, for His namesake, not ours. Not so that we can “eat, drink and be merry” all the days of life. That isn’t freedom at all.
Our freedom IS in the TRUTH, (not the worldly lies,- see John 8:44), of Jesus and what He taught, that we are to deny ourselves. “He who saves his own life will lose it”, and to love God and love and serve others.
Not enable, or ignore their sin. Not to become blind like the blind.
We are to rebuke or admonish our brothers and sisters in Christ who are following after every doctrine in the wind.
We tell those, who follow false religions, or false gods, or have a distorted or corrupt belief in Jesus Christ or are living for their self, or in their sin, we are to tell them the TRUTH.
We are to proclaim the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to those who are perishing so that they may Live!
If they reject, deject, hate you, or ignore your warning, “Repent and believe in Jesus Christ “, then, their blood is on their own head.
When they are cast into outer darkness, with wailing & gnashing of teeth….it is their fault, No One else’s.
“believe in me, or you will die in your sin”.
Two ways folks, two ways.
And only one way to the Kingdom of God.
Jesus Christ – the Way, the Truth, the Life
Settle the matter right now.
Luke 9:23, John 14:6, Matthew 28:20
Mark 1:15, Matthew 18:15, Galatians 6:1,
Matthew 10:14-15, Matthew 25:30,
Hayford’s Bible Handbook (copyright 1995)
Because this is an age of religious pluralism and syncretism (that is, a diluting of the truth for the sake of unity), Christ’s lordship is deemed irrelevant by many religious groups that believe one religion is as good as the other.
His preeminence is denied by others that place the Christian stamp upon a fusion of beliefs from several religions.
Usually hailed as an advance beyond apostolic Christianity, this blend promises self-fulfillment and freedom without surrender to Christ.
“Jesus is Lord” is the church’s earliest confession.
It remains the abiding test of authentic Christianity.
Neither the church nor the individual can afford to compromise Christ’s deity.
In His sovereignty lies His sufficiency
He will be Lord of everything or not Lord at all.
This was published in 1995.