Only Christ: Fine-Sounding Arguments

“I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how orderly you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.” (Colossians 2:4-5)

A great argument between two skilled debaters can be mesmerizing and disorienting. If it’s a subject you’re not sure about, you can find yourself agreeing with one debater one minute only to be won over to the other side a few moments later by the other guy. Sometimes, a skilled debater can make it harder to see the truth.

only_350Paul knew his readers needed to be convinced that all of life comes down to knowing and following Jesus. Nothing more. Nothing less.

Why? Because skilled debaters then and now work against Christians to persuade us that faith in Jesus isn’t enough or that following Jesus in obedience to God isn’t important. These “fine-sounding arguments” are persuasive to those who are not convinced.

Think: Are you convinced that all the treasures of knowledge and wisdom are found in Christ? Are you convinced that faith in him is enough to give you a right relationship with God and that following his path is the only life worth leading?

Pray: Ask God to help you not to be deceived by fine-sounding arguments that distort who Jesus is and/or how much you need him.

Do: Read and think about 2 Timothy 1:12.