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January 11 – All The Treasures Of Wisdom And Knowledge

“For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you and for those at Laodicea and for all who have not seen me face to face, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ, 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.”  Col. 2:1-4

Devotional Thought For The Day

It is a great struggle for those who care enough about others that they want them to understand and know the treasures God has provided for us in Christ Jesus.  It is not just others who “delude you with plausible arguments.”  Our own sinful minds constantly bring up confusing and delusional “arguments” in opposition to the written Word of God – so that frequently our first response to assertions in God’s Word that strike us as “difficult” is to begin tweaking and adjusting the words so as to find a more “plausible” way of looking at them.  Others react the same way, and so it is like we’re all in this “little club” trying to “help” and perhaps even “impress” others with the best explanations, the most “plausible” arguments.  All of this, however, is ordinarily quite misguided, as the “plausible arguments” are delusional and can “delude” us and others.

This would include, for example, the assertion in these verses that in Christ “are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”  This at first seems an obvious exaggeration, and demeaning of other methods of gaining wisdom and knowledge – like formal education, empiricism, and human logic [that logic which “works” within the confines and parameters of the “natural” world, created things].  Such an assertion is sure to foment all kinds of objections and arguments – and perhaps vicious disagreement.  Our sinful minds and those of others immediately take up the task of “moderating” and “correcting” this “overstatement.”  However, if we let the statement stand and take it seriously, and continue in Christ’s Word, Holy Scripture, the Bible, delving deeply into the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ, and all that Holy Scripture asserts of Him and ascribes to Him, it begins to appear possible, and then probable, and finally certain – although our finite brains can never fully absorb all of this, and therefore can never “prove” the truthfulness of this assertion, especially not to those who have chosen to limit their thinking to what “works” within the natural world, what conforms to empirical learning.

If we allow the “delusion” of these “plausible arguments” to dictate and determine our view of things, our faith, then we will never “reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ” and we will negate the possibility of our hearts being “encouraged, being knit together in love.”  By choice, our own judgment and decision, we will be closing our eyes to these riches, this assurance, and all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge “hidden in Christ” but available to us if we “continue in His Word.”  The apostle is not talking about “speculation” or “intuition” or some form of “special revelation.”  He is asserting the things that God has made available to us through His Word, Holy Scripture, the Bible – the Word of Christ.  But our sinful nature also has an aversion to this, God’s chosen mode of conveying all wisdom and knowledge to us – it is too hard, not entertaining enough, not spectacular enough, not sufficiently “experiential” – and it is “objective,” outside of us and accessible to all, and not esoteric, and therefore by its very nature discussable and public, which also involves hard work and perhaps having to learn something from others.

This treasure of wisdom and knowledge begins with the mystery of God’s great love for us in Christ Jesus, the forgiveness, life and salvation that He has provided for us and freely gives to us in Christ Jesus, received simply by faith.  This certainty of God’s love for us, His commitment to our good and blessedness, remains foundational – and is expanded to “all things,” which God is working together for our good.  And there is more, much, much more – but it is always consonant with, supporting and expanding this basic knowledge of God’s great love for us in Christ Jesus.  As we grow in this knowledge we want nothing more than to share it – that’s just the way love is.  And though we grow weary, it is well worth the “struggle” no matter how great that struggle may be, for hearts knit together in love. And so we take great care, that “no one may delude you with plausible arguments.”  We also point you to Christ!

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, Your goodness and love, Your closeness and friendship with us, sometimes makes it difficult for us to step back and realize the fullness of Your majesty and glory.  Help us past this obstacle, and to realize that everything about You is for us, to bless us and benefit us.  Grant expansion to our minds and thoughts, that we be enabled to continue learning and taking in all the wonders of Who You are – always through Your Word of truth, the Bible.  So grant us deliverance and freedom from all delusion, regardless of the apparent plausibility of such darkness.  Grant such growing blessedness to all of your dear children, knitting our hearts together in love.  Amen.