Grounded and Settled

Colossians 1:22-23.

In the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in His sight:

If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;

I decided to include yesterday’s verse with today’s, to get the continuity of what Paul was saying. We are to be holy, unblameable, and unreproveable in His sight; and we will be all those things IF we stay grounded and settled in our faith, and not led away from the hope that lies in the gospel.

Is it possible for someone who has sincerely accepted Christ as Savior to be mislead by false teachers, and wrong interpretations of scripture? Yes, indeed! In my observation, this can happen easily and quickly after a person is born again if someone approaches him with a highly emotional interpretation, leading the newly-saved person into depending on his feelings for assurance of salvation. One of those emotions can be fear. “If you don’t speak in tongues, you don’t have the Holy Spirit. You need to be filled by the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues/do healing/have mystical visions” or whatever in order to be truly saved. Or, you must follow the Jewish Old Testament laws for sacrifice and observation of the Sabbath combined with belief in Jesus in order to be truly saved. The new Christian, hearing these things, becomes fearful that he wasn’t really born again. He becomes confused, not trusting only in the gospel of Christ, and turns to doing works that will seal his salvation.

Being grounded and settled in the faith requires one to read and study God’s Word; to be unwavering in seeking God’s wisdom as he studies; to find someone who can disciple him in truth; and to find a church that will help him grow in strength, truth, and understanding.

When I was ten, we moved from the plains of southern Minnesota to the wonderful world of western Oregon. We lived in Portland for five years. We were only an hour or two away from the Pacific coast, and I had never seen an ocean before. The first time we made the journey to the coast, I was SO excited! And it met every expectation, and way beyond those expectations. I remember the thrill of watching, from a cliff high above it all, as the boisterous waves crashed against a huge rock, washing over it time after time. The noise was all-encompassing as the water pulled back, leaving the rock exposed, and then built up again, faster and faster, until it crashed into the rock again, battering it over the top and on every side. And after each attack, the rock stood firm and unmoved, calm and safe against the power of all that water.

Jesus Christ is that Rock. He stands firm against everything Satan can throw at believers, trying to dislodge their faith and keep them fearful. Shelter in the Rock, and the power of the mightiest ocean cannot undermine or dislodge your faith.

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