Recently I've been reading through the book of Colossians in my personal time. During the time in which this book was written there had already begun to circulate some early heretical groups that claimed a secret knowledge to salvation and which detracted from the diety of Christ. So it seems that Paul wrote this letter for the sake of reminding this church of the truth and power of the gospel by which they were saved. I found that these few verses sum up pretty well the message of this book:
"As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power." - Col 2:6-10
Throughout this book and in this current season of life, I've been reminded of the centrality of the gospel for the believer. I feel like I am rooted and established in the faith, being a believer in Jesus for a number of years now, but I've also found that it's easy to get caught up in living life apart from a DAILY recognition of what I've been saved from and for. Sometimes I tend to loose sight of the grace and mercy of God when I forget to meditate on the gospel's message periodically. In all of Paul's letters, no matter what the main message was, Jesus and the gospel are saturated all throughout his writings. He was always bringing things back to the the roots of our faith.
Jesus is the climax of history and the climax of the whole story of the Bible. It was Him who the whole Old Testament pointed to, and in Him we are able to partake in the "mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints... which is Christ in you, the hope of glory." (Col 2:2 & 27b). This is such a simple fact, yet also such a complex and brainwrecking fact. I can take comfort in knowing the simplicity of the gospel and how I've been saved from sin, yet I can think on this "mystery" every day for the rest of my life and still be enamered by it and surprised by the profoundness of it. The gospel should never be exhausted of it's impact in our lives and the day that it does we should recognize that something is wrong. We've slipped into complacency or into acedia (spiritual apathy) and need to be reminded by God's Word again that we can live into and live from the power of the gospel that only the Holy Spirit can birth into our hearts and minds and souls.