How ON EARTH Can I Live The Christian Life?
Part 35 – How Were The Gentiles Told To Live The Christian Life? – The Colossians and the Philippians
“For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. (Colossians 1:9, NIV).
“God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,” (Colossians 1:19, NIV).
“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.” (Colossians 1:27, NIV).
(2) My purpose 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. (Colossians 2:2-3, NIV).
(9) For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, (10) and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. (Colossians 2:9-10, NIV).
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:16, NIV).
“For I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. (Philippians 1:19, NIV).
“What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ. (Philippians 3:8, NIV).
“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 3:20, NIV).
“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19, NIV).
So what about the early Gentiles, who became Christians? Were they told to live the Christian Life in a different way to the Jewish believers, or in a different way to Jesus?
No! The early Gentiles, who became Christians, were all told to live the Christian Life, in the same way that everyone should live the Christian life. In fact, it was the only way that anyone could live the Christian Life – by the life within.
And in fact, they were even chastised for trying to live by any other means, whether it be by performance, or by good works!
(Note: I am indebted to Gene Edwards for many of the concepts in this series.)
… Next time …. Part 36 – The Centrality Of Fellowship With The Indwelling Christ