How easy it is to diminish – in our minds – what we really have in Jesus Christ. The Bible says that in Christ are hidden “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” With the passing of time, you could be deceived into thinking there is wisdom and knowledge apart from Him. Many people are falling prey to “plausible arguments” that deceive them into thinking there is wisdom and knowledge apart from Jesus Christ. In so doing, many are ruining their lives – and they don’t even realize it.
Colossians 2:1-4 speaks to this:
Many people are in the process of ruining their lives – and they don’t even realize it while it is happening. I see this, especially, among young people who grow up in church. They come from “Christian” homes. They were taught the Bible. But somewhere along the way they did not understand that Christianity is not about memorizing Bible verses or being involved in a youth group or church functions. They were not taught about falling in love – and being in love – with Jesus Christ. Eventually, they begin to hear “plausible arguments” and they drift from God. Not quickly. This usually happens over a long time that becomes increasingly painful. Why painful? Because whenever we seek wisdom and knowledge apart from Christ – in whom all such things are embodied – we are seeking in the wrong place. Such searches are not only a waste of time, but also of life.
Remember Eve? She looked for wisdom and knowledge apart from God (Genesis 3). Adam followed suit. To this day, the whole world is paying a catastrophic price for his epic decision. The truth is, many people start off tasting and seeing that God is good – but they forget how good He really is. They wander. They search for what can only be found in Jesus Christ . . . and end up living a life that falls far short of what it could have been, and would have been, if Jesus were truly the center of their affections.
Be exceedingly on guard for “plausible arguments” that seem to offer knowledge and wisdom apart from Jesus Christ. Your caution should be marked with a daily diligence as if your life depends upon it. It does. You must take captive thoughts and attitudes, things you see and hear – everything must fall under the scrutiny of whether or not it promises to deliver wisdom and knowledge without Christ. Promises to the contrary are empty – but they are far more than this. They are devilish, deceptive and disastrous.