Saturday in the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time

Colossians 2:1-3

Christ: The Mediator of All Knowledge and Wisdom

The Apostle Paul was ever striving for and praying on behalf of the churches of Jesus Christ.  It didn’t matter to him whether it was a church which he had planted or not.  Neither the Colossians nor Laodiceans had seen his face.  Still, his overwhelming concern in his apostolic ministry was the church—their purity and growth in the grace and knowledge of God.  This should inform our prayers, that is, that we should ever be praying for the churches the world over—for their abiding integrity and witness, and especially those in the midst of persecution.  We only know the smallest fraction of God’s people, but God has people everywhere and they are our concern.

Paul prays that their hearts be encouraged and knit together in love.  Though the early churches were not without problems which are inevitable when sinners come together, even redeemed sinners, still I picture those early Christians as enjoying a fellowship we lack—a fellowship forged in the crucible of persecution or at least marginalization.  Theirs was a tiny ship sailing in the rough seas of a dominant pagan culture.  Being a Christian meant sacrifice, giving something up, cost.  In such a situation, encouraging one another in the faith and “being knit together in love” (what an expression) were crucial for survival.  They still are. 

But Paul wants them to understand that as sweet as Christian fellowship is, it has a goal; specifically, that they may “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.”  Christ is the believer’s source of wisdom and knowledge.  This makes perfect sense as it was through him that the world was created, and it is in his image that we are being re-created.  As the Mediator, he is our way to the Father.  But he is also our go-between, our lens, our means of interpreting all manner of knowledge that comes before us through the world.  I wish to know nothing apart from Christ.  And I’m not only speaking of matters of faith, as if such were compartmentalized and tucked away in some corner of our minds that we refer to in matters of religion.  No.  I am speaking of all wisdom, all knowledge of things visible and invisible.  Everything we come to know must be put through the filter of Christ that we may know it as we should and in its proper relation unto everything else.  Christ is the believer’s way of knowing—our epistemology, if you will.  And Christian fellowship is Christ-centered such that believers are knit together in love through him.  Nothing apart from Christ and everything for Christ.

Author: The Reformed Baptist

My name is Stephen Taylor, ordained Baptist minister of eighteen years pastoral experience with a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Better than that, I am married to a godly woman, Karla, who has been very patient with me since 1989. I have two daughters, both of whom I homeschooled for extended periods of time, who became godly young women, and who ran off and married godly young men, all of which is very proper. The oldest daughter has even seen fit to bless me with a grandson and a granddaughter, and my youngest daughter with a grandson, all three of whom are bundles of exceeding joy. As you can see, I am quite blessed. This website is dedicated to helping people grow in the wisdom and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ through the gift of writing that the Lord has given to me. It is specifically about helping His people grow in godliness, the theme you see repeated above. I write devotions with this aim and hope that they might be of some help to God’s people. Full disclosure: I am of a Reformed bent, meaning that my understanding of Scripture is primarily informed by the Reformers and their successors of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, as a student of church history and theology, I strive to remain true to that teaching handed down once for all unto the saints through every age of the Church. I like to think of myself as a “catholic” Christian, as the Reformers thought of themselves. At any rate, feel free to read, pray, and contact me if you wish, or correct me if need be. As you can see, I tend to follow the church year. Of course, I make no special claims about these devotions. I know very well that others have written better and plumbed the depths of God’s word with greater insight. But if my musings help someone draw closer to the Lord, well then, I have my reward. Blessings to you and may the God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ speak to you that word which He knows you especially need to hear. Grace & peace, Stephen Taylor

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