COLOSSIANS 1:24-2:5 (NIV – UK)
Paul’s labour for the church
24 Now I rejoice in what I am suffering for you, and I fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of his body, which is the church. 25 I have become its servant by the commission God gave me to present to you the word of God in its fullness – 26 the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. 27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
28 He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. 29 To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me.
1 I want you to know how hard I am contending for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally. 2 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments. 5 For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.
Paul continues to show how Jesus is at the centre of everything, and here he proclaims Jesus as being the one ‘in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge’ (v. 3).
We need look no other place for everything we need. God had revealed himself to us fully in Jesus – the mystery of God no longer needs to be a mystery (v. 2). ‘The full riches of complete understanding’ (v. 2) is, according to Paul, attainable. It’s not something beyond our grasp. But it isn’t something we can achieve by ourselves, no, full riches of complete understanding is Jesus shaped, and it’s only in him that we find all riches.
Question: Do you look to Jesus for all wisdom and knowledge?