319:  The Riches of Full Assurance

319: The Riches of Full Assurance

In Colossians 2:2 we read the phrase: “And attaining to all the riches of full assurance of (what) understanding, (to what degree) to the knowledge of the mystery of God.”  So, what does this actually mean?

To “attain” means “to possess, to move into, unto, towards, to be among.”  Got that.  But what about “full assurance”?  What does that mean?

The word “full assurance” is used only four times in the New Testament and means “complete confidence, a most sure confidence, a full and perfect conviction, the full and total reliance on something or someone, to have complete understanding.”  OK, but complete confidence and understanding of what?  Of Christ and the Father, to have the mind of Christ, to see things from His perspective, to understand truth as He understands truth, to have His peace and confidence and full assurance in the Father.

Is that possible?  Is this promise and prayer meant for us today?  And, if so, where do we find that kind of assurance?  How can we discover and attain the “riches of full assurance” in the things of God?

Want to know more?  Then keep listening.

This is a study on Colossians 2:2.

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318:  We Are Not Alone… Even if it Feels Like it.

318: We Are Not Alone… Even if it Feels Like it.

Sometimes, when we look at how big the evil in the world is and how small we are in comparison, we tend to get defeated and depressed.  “After all,” we reason, “what can one man do?  I’m in this all alone.  The enemy is too big, too well funded, too powerful.  What can one man do?”

But we forget we are not alone.  We are part of the church, His church, the unified Body of Christ.  We are children of God. And, “if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ” (Rom. 8:17).

We can’t look at us and the enemy with our own eyes, we must look at things from the eyes of our Lord.  And when we do, everything changes.

Want to find out more?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on Colossians 2:1-3.

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Podcast 317:  How to Rejoice in Suffering

Podcast 317: How to Rejoice in Suffering

When Paul says, “I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ” (Col. 1:24), we scratch our heads and wonder how that could be?

How could a man, even the over-the-top Apostle Paul, actually rejoice in his sufferings?  Especially when we realize Paul was in prison when he wrote this letter to the church at Colossae.  How is that even possible?

And what is there to rejoice about?  We, in our culture, rejoice when our suffering is over.  Yet Paul rejoices in the midst of his suffering.

What can we learn from this?  Much.  So keep listening to find out more.

The following is a study on Colossians 1:24-29.

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Podcast 316:  What Happens When We Want More Than Jesus

Podcast 316: What Happens When We Want More Than Jesus

When Philip uttered the words, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us” (John 14:8), he probably didn’t fully understand the implications of what he was asking.  Actually, his words went more like this:

“Lord, show (or, put on a demonstration, to point out, to present in sight) us the Father, and it is sufficient (or, it will satisfy, we will be content) for us” (John 14:8).

This was not Moses begging God to reveal His glory (Exodus 38:18).  No, this was the disciples wanting more than Jesus.  They wanted to trust a visible manifestation of something more than simple faith in Christ.

Have you ever done the same?  Have you longed for the Lord’s power or blessing or answered prayer or a miracle more than the Lord Himself?

If so, keep listening.

The following is a study on John 14:7-9.

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Podcast 315:  True Comfort in the Midst of Horrific Pain

Podcast 315: True Comfort in the Midst of Horrific Pain

When Jesus tried to comfort His disciples He went about it in a way that seems foreign to us.  We comfort by trying to take the pain away, by saying some soothing words that aren’t always true.

We say, “Hey, don’t worry about it, don’t cry, everything’s going to be alright”— even when we know it won’t.

But Jesus comforted His disciples by pointing to the big picture, the grand scheme, to life beyond the here and now.  He had them look beyond their current pain and predicament to the reality of eternity.  And in that light, how bad can a few passing problems in this life really be?

He said, “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3).

Jesus is preparing a place for me, and He’s coming back for me, so I can be where He is.  Changes everything, doesn’t it?

The following is a study on John 14:1-6.

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