Legalistic, liberal, and all sorts of self-absorbed minds have turned the gospel of Christ into a maze of speculation after speculation after speculation; when, in reality, from beginning to end, it remains still, Christ in you, the hope of glory.
As Paul so eloquently said:
“Of this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship from God bestowed on me for your benefit, that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God, that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations; but has now been manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory,” Colossians 1:25-27.
Self-taught and self-appointed Bible teachers and preachers now flood the internet peddling false doctrines daily. Adding to these, an overwhelming amount of churches today are overseen by pastors who have very little knowledge of the gospel of Christ. Because of this lack of knowledge, they inadvertently, yet continually, take Scriptures out of context and twist them to mean something they don’t actually mean.
People such as these are governed by their own thoughts, rather than the thoughts of God. They use their minds’ reasoning facilities to determine the meaning of Scriptures, rather than allowing the Spirit of Truth to reveal the things of God to their minds. In biblical terms, they walk according to the flesh, and not according to the Spirit.
It seems that most Christians today are unaware that the Holy Spirit guides us into all the truth; or, if not unaware, they seem not to know we must deny every aspect of ourselves, including our ways of thinking, and submit our hearts and souls and minds and bodies to the Father.
We must abide in Jesus, and He in us, if we want to learn and know the things of God. We should daily be attaining to the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I say this in order that no one may delude you with persuasive argument, (see Colossians 2:2-4).
“See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. For in Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete…” Colossians 2:8, 9.
Jon David Banks, God’s most unworthy servant
“Where morning dawns and evening fades, He calls forth songs of joy.”