SEPTEMBER 15

Jesus Knows All

Bible Reading: Colossians 2:1-7

Colossians 2:3-4, “In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments.”

In 1986 Robert Fulghum published his best-selling book, “All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten.”  Amongst the lessons he says he learned are things like this: share everything, play fair, don’t hit people, put things back where you found them, clean up your own mess, don’t take things that aren’t yours, say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody, wash your hands before you eat, flush, warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.  I like that list, especially the warm cookies and milk part.  It reminds me of the simplicity of my younger days, when distinctions between right vs. wrong were far clearer (Isaiah 5:20).  Where do you go to know the things you need to know?

How are we to navigate the precarious days in which we live?  Things are changing fast in the world and in our country–you sense that!  You’ve read your Bible and know that God is in control, and has a plan, and that He triumphs in the end.  Yet, it’s left to you to walk in wisdom in this present day, responding to the myriad of societal pressures and changes in a God-honoring way. How is anyone to possess the wisdom necessary?

Things started simple enough for the believers in Colossae.  Epaphras brought the gospel message to the folks there.  They heard and believed in Jesus and were saved.  But the Devil is always at work, and he worked to infiltrate the newly birthed church with some false teachers who were espousing various falsehoods.  They, like the elitists of our day, were pridefully asserting that they alone were privy to a superior knowledge that the Colossian believers desperately needed.  

Time and time again in this epistle, Paul directed his readers back to the sufficiency of Christ.  He was writing that “no one would delude” them with “plausible arguments” (Colossians 2:4).  In so doing, he directed them to Jesus Himself, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3).  Jesus knows all!  And all any of us ever really need to know with respect to life we must learn from Him!  It makes perfect sense. We’ve already seen that He’s the One who created all things, the One who holds all things together.  All things will one day be summed up in Him!  He is the One who saved you!  Your life is now hidden in Him (Colossians 3:3).  He is now in you (Colossians 1:27).  There is nothing that Jesus does not know about anything or anybody, including you.

Enough then of listening to elitists who tout their superior knowledge regarding some new esoteric knowledge about this thing or that!  To Christ and the book, we must flee if we are to find our way in this evil day.  He has availed access to His knowledge and wisdom through His book (Colossians 3:16).  Our passage speaks of “treasures” to be found.  Let us then treasure the treasure which is “able to make (us) wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:15-17)!

John Piper well summarized this thought, “Therefore let us bow down and worship Jesus Christ. If we are impressed with the scholarship of man and the achievements of scientific knowledge, then let us not play the fool by trumpeting a tiny chirp and ignoring the thunder clap of omniscience. Jesus alone is worthy of our highest admiration. Jesus alone is worthy of our trust. He can show us the Father (Matthew 11:27). He can give us irresistible wisdom (Luke 21:15). He can see how to make all things work together for our good (Romans 8:28). None of his judgments about anything is ever mistaken (John 8:16). He teaches the way of God with infallible truthfulness (Matthew 22:16). Trust him. Admire him. Follow him.”

SPEAK, O LORD

Speak, O Lord, as we come to You
To receive the food of Your Holy Word
Take Your truth, plant it deep in us
Shape and fashion us in Your likeness

That the light of Christ might be seen today
In our acts of love and our deeds of faith
Speak, O Lord, and fulfill in us
All Your purposes for Your glory

Teach us Lord, full obedience
Holy reverence, true humility
Test our thoughts and our attitudes
In the radiance of Your purity

Cause our faith to rise, cause our eyes to see
Your majestic love and authority
Words of pow’r that can never fail
Let their truth prevail over unbelief

Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds
Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us
Truths unchanged from the dawn of time
That will echo down through eternity

And by grace we’ll stand on Your promises
And by faith we’ll walk as You walk with us
Speak, O Lord, till Your church is built
And the earth is filled with Your glory

Songwriters: Keith Getty / Stuart Townend
Speak, O Lord lyrics © Thank You Music Ltd.

Author: looking2jesus13

Having served as pastor at Lewis and Clark Bible Church, in Astoria, Oregon, for almost three decades, my wife’s cancer diagnosis led to my retirement and subsequent move to Heppner to be near our two grandchildren. I divide my time between caring for Laura and working as a part time hospice chaplain and spending time with family and spoiling my chocolate lab.

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