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  • Shadows Versus Substance Devotional

    Colossians 2:16–17

    In addition to a fuller experience of the Holy Spirit, new covenant saints have an advantage over old covenant saints in that we more clearly see God’s work of salvation than those who lived before Christ. Let us be grateful for this and also thankful that we have God’s completed revelation, the Apostolic word that shows us how to understand the Lord’s acts in history. May we study the Apostles’ writings diligently that we might know Christ truly. View Resource

  • Shadow Versus Substance Devotional

    Colossians 2:16-17

    We might envy the old covenant saints because we do not usually see great seas parted, manna falling from heaven, and other “spectacular” displays of God’s power. But we are in a far better position than the old covenant saints, for we see Christ more clearly than they ever did. Let us be grateful for the era in which we live and never try to go back to life under the legal bondage that characterized those who lived before the coming of Jesus. View Resource

  • The Deadliest Form of Legalism Devotional

    Colossians 2:16–23

    John Calvin comments, “The worship of God, true piety, and the holiness of Christians, do not consist in drink, and food, and clothing, which are things that are transient and liable to corruption.” God is not interested in mere externals but in transformation that conforms us heart, mind, body, and soul to Christ. Let us seek not to impose man-made traditions on ourselves or anyone else. View Resource

  • Ascetism, Angels, and Visions Devotional

    Colossians 2:18

    While it is easy to see that heretics are sinning when they look down in judgment on others, it is more difficult to root out that same sin in ourselves, for the basis of our judgment of others may be something good and true. For example, we may think we are better than other Christians in God’s eyes because we understand the doctrines of grace and other elements of Reformed theology. Let such an attitude never be true of us. View Resource

  • Honoring the Saints Devotional

    Colossians 2:18-19

    One of the most significant achievements of the Protestant Reformation was the recovery of the biblical truth that Christ is the sole Mediator between God and man. When this truth is proclaimed, we have confidence to approach the Lord with humility, to see Him as our Father who loves us and wants us to come to Him with all of our needs, no matter how insignificant we think they happen to be. View Resource

  • God-Given Growth Devotional

    Colossians 2:19

    There is a sinful tendency in all of us to cut ourselves off from Christ, the Head of the body of Christ and only source of life-sustaining nourishment. It may not display itself overtly in false worship as it did with the Colossian heretics, but perhaps through legalism or a sectarianism that is ever on the lookout for the perfect church. May we never be guilty of cutting ourselves off from Christ. View Resource

  • Dead to the World or Alive? Devotional

    Colossians 2:20

    Out of His great love for us, God warns His people against legalism and false religious practices because hoping in rules, astrology, and other false spiritualities only gives Satan and the flesh more influence over us. But when we pursue the pure, undefiled religion revealed in Scripture — the gospel of Christ alone — and treat others in love, refusing to judge them by standards we have created, we render the evil forces in the world powerless. View Resource

  • Human Precepts and Teachings Devotional

    Colossians 2:21-22

    Scripture is actually a repetitive book, and we have seen a glimpse of this in Colossians 2 as Paul reminds us over and over that our obedience to law can do nothing to free us from evil. The Bible needs to be this repetitive because we are thick-headed and prone to try to make ourselves righteous by our own efforts. Jesus alone can make us righteous, and continual turning to Him is the only way to ensure that Satan has no undue influence on us. View Resource

  • Appearances Can Be Deceiving Devotional

    Colossians 2:23

    God’s law is good, but in itself cannot put the flesh to death because the problem is not simply that we do not obey the Lord but that we do not want to obey Him apart from the grace He shows us in Christ Jesus. But even once we have been redeemed, merely keeping the commands does not advance us in holiness if we do not have an inward desire to please the Lord. May we continually ask God to grant us this desire. View Resource