Colossians 2:2–3 (NKJV): that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
John Flavel writes of this passage that a saving, though scattered knowledge of Christ will bring us into heaven; but a knowledge of Christ that is regular and systematic, as well as saving, will bring heaven, into US (paraphrased). And truthfully, isn't that our objective if we want to see this world transformed by and for the glory of Christ? Should we not bear His image in everything that we say and do? Paul is both offering a prayer and issuing a challenge here, a prayer that we would be filled with the fullness of the knowledge of Christ with everything that this entails, but a challenge that we would take this prayer seriously, consider his words: full assurance of understanding, knowledge of the mystery, full of wisdom and understanding... these are words that evoke effort, that speak of labor of the mind, and spiritual struggle. While it is true that we can gain none of it unless God grant it, it is also true that God is not in the habit of rewarding sloth. And in that tension between grace and effort, lies both our difficulty and our promise. It is difficult because we're often averse to real mental labor. So we fight against our own minds which wander in mere moments; but there is also opposition from without. For we live in a time where we are spoon fed opinion as fact in ten second sound bytes, told that to depart from the herd and think something different is both dangerous and immoral, while any effort to consider real facts apart from spin is labeled as hate... there are a LOT of hurdles to get by. But the promise is that when we set ourselves to obey God, to seek Him to OBEY Him, we will find the very God of heaven aiding us to understand, to see, to draw near to Him. Beloved, the fight is real, but the rewards are even MORE real, and when you start to break free of the shackles that both culture and self place around the mind, you will find the most wonderful thing imaginable; that the glory of Christ is being formed in you, heaven made real, made manifest, right here, right now.
Proverbs 24:19–20 (NKJV): Do not fret because of evildoers, Nor be envious of the wicked;20 For there will be no prospect for the evil man;The lamp of the wicked will be put out. Part of the problem that we face as humans is the short term...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Proverbs 24:11–12 (NKJV): Deliver those who are drawn toward death, And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.12 If you say, “Surely we did not know this,”Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it?He who keeps your soul,...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Proverbs 27:5–6, 9 (NKJV) 5 Open rebuke is better Than love carefully concealed. 6 Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. 9 Ointment and perfume delight the heart, And the sweetness of a man’s...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Proverbs 26:12 (NKJV) 12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him. Ten of the first 11 verses of Proverbs 26 deal with the nature of a fool and demonstrate that there is nothing but ruin in everything he...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Proverbs 24:29 (NKJV): Do not say, “I will do to him just as he has done to me; I will render to the man according to his work.” If we obeyed this one simple statement, 95% of all the problems we face in this world would be erased....[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Proverbs 24:13–14 (NKJV): My son, eat honey because it is good, And the honeycomb which is sweet to your taste;14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be to your soul;If you have found it, there is a prospect,And your hope will not be cut off....[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Psalm 135:5–6 (NKJV) 5 For I know that the Lord is great, And our Lord is above all gods. 6 Whatever the Lord pleases He does, In heaven and in earth, In the seas and in all deep places. This simple statement is the foundation for all of...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
24 Suppose there were fifty righteous within the city; would You also destroy the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous that were in it? 25 Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
John 12:24–26 (NKJV) 24 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. 25 He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Acts 17:29–31 (NKJV): Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising. 30 Truly, these times of ignorance God...[ abbreviated | read entire ]