Journal Entry ~ 01/25/19

27 To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.
29 For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me. - Colossians 1:27-29

When Paul wrote this letter to the church in Colossi, he was speaking to a broken church that was arguing and debating about many issues, most of which stemmed from superior knowledge or wisdom. Paul reminds the church in this passage that it is the cross itself - the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus - that is God's saving event. 

At that time, when people were looking for a regal King, many Jews refused to worship a crucified Messiah. It didn't make sense that their King would die such a gruesome death at the hands of the people the Jews expected Him to defeat. They wanted a man of power that would put an end to the oppression of the Roman Empire. 

But, in Jesus, God turns the world’s standards of power and wisdom upside down and shows us the way of forgiveness and love. This truth was folly to many - they could not see the truth because they wanted to see something else. Their own knowledge and wisdom of who they believed the Messiah should be stood in the way of their ability to see who He really is. 

The same is true today. So many people do not believe in the saving power of who Jesus is because their own knowledge and wisdom gets in the way. We are a prideful people by nature, and this beautiful gift of reasoning that God gave us is so often misused to convince ourselves we know what's best. That pride is what gets in the way of us seeing the light. Praying that God breaks down the pride of the unbelievers that I love so that they may only see His wisdom and truth. 

Press on ~ you are loved 💗


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