One of the cool things about working in downtown Chicago is that I’m so close to many of the seasonal and ethnic festivals that take place. The big one that took place recently in Daley Plaza was the Christkindlmarket, a Chicago-fied version of the traditional holiday festival in Nuremberg, Germany. I went twice and spent way too much money.
There I am with my brother Ben and his roommate
eating bratwurst covered in sauerkraut and mustard.
Because the festival is of a holiday nature (there was a huge Christmas tree on display), a number of other religious symbols and signs were put up by other groups outside the festival gate. One of the groups that put up signs was Atheist. They had placed two signs. One exhorted people to realize the real reason for the season, the winter solstice, and the other explained a bit about the Atheist platform.
I have no problem with the first sign. The winter solstice is indeed the real reason for the season. I am not a traditional Christmas-observer as are many other Christians. I’m well aware of the folly of the holiday with its well-documented roots in Roman paganism and 20th Century commercialism.
The second sign, however, bothered me a little. What bothered me was not the fact that they explained their beliefs and encouraged others to join them. I surely recognize their right to do that, this being the United States of America. What bothered me was that the top of the sign read in bold letters: ““A” is for Atheist“.
I’m not exactly sure why they brought the Latin alphabet into it. Perhaps there is a reference to something of which I’m unaware. Whatever the reason, it irked me a little. The alphabet does not belong to you, Atheists. It is within the public domain, I suppose; but (again, this being the United States of America) if you can claim possession of a letter for your interests, I can surely claim it right back.
After passing this sign many a morning on my way to work, I was moved to employ the entire Latin alphabet as used by modern English speakers to turn the whole thing around and convey (to the best of my ability and the ensuing limitations this project produced) the gospel of Jesus Christ. Is it lengthy? Indeed. I hope many people read it.
“A” is for All.
“Come to Me ALL who toil and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light (Jesus in Matt. 11:28-30).”
Another similar verse:
“But AS MANY as received Him, to them He gave the authority to become children of God, to those who believe into His name (Jn. 1:12).”
Jesus is the only one who truly accepts ALL. Atheism, for example, is a culture primarily composed of educated persons who seem content to worship their own intellect rather than God. However, there are those in varying cultures across the world for whom the idea of intellectual idolatry simply does not work. Their own mind does not satisfy them – they NEED God. The need for and belief in God is one of the few things that really separates humans from animals. Everyone across the world has different needs and is in some kind of suffering. Jesus is the only one that is able to receive them ALL, and also the only one that is truly willing to receive them ALL. Atheist, agnostic, freethinker, Buddhist, Muslim, dark-skinned, fair-skinned, beautiful, ugly, smart, slow, rich, poor, female, male, nice person, terrible human being; none of that matters. God is not a respecter of persons (Rom. 2:11). ALL can come to Him at any time in any situation, and can do so just as they are ( http://lethimsingpraise.com/2014/02/01/hymn-focus-just-as-i-am/ ).
“B” is for Born Again.
What does that really mean? Everyone’s heard it. It’s a well-known term affiliated with Christianity. But it’s not a matter of merely changing your previous association with a certain demographic to a new one, or even exchanging your previous belief(s) for that of Christian doctrine. It’s an entirely spiritual matter. It means that you receive a new life in addition to the biological and psychological life you received from your parents. When Jesus told Nicodemus that he had to be born anew, He also said,
“That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit (Jn. 3:6).”
We received the flesh from our parents. It, along with our natural mind, cannot comprehend the things of the Spirit. Do the contents of the gospel or even the whole concept of God make no sense to you? It’s because you are trying to comprehend it or realize Him with the wrong organ. In addition to a body and a soul, humans have a third part, the human spirit (1 Thess. 5:23). It corresponds to the Spirit of God (you’ll notice that in Jn 3:6 above, the first Spirit [God] is capitalized and the second spirit [man] is not). Only the spirit can comprehend and contact the Spirit. That is what makes humans unique among the biological creatures on the earth; the ability to contact, receive, enjoy and be one with God. This all takes place within the human spirit (Rom. 8:10; 2 Tim. 4:22). So again, being born again is to receive the life of God into your human spirit. The apostle Peter calls this phenomenon regeneration (1 Pet. 1:3, 23).
For more on the life of God which we receive, see “Z”.
For more on the human spirit, click the following link: ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nlvOrTq4Bes )
“C” is for Calling.
Want to be born again? How do you do it? Simple:
“That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;
For with the heart there is believing unto righteousness, and with the mouth there is confession unto salvation.
For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes on Him shall not be put to shame.”For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord is Lord of all and rich to all who call upon Him;
For “whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (Rom. 10:9-13).”
Calling actually goes both ways. Before a person ever calls on God, God has already called them (2 Tim 1:9-10; 1 Pet 2:9, 20; 1 Cor 1:9; 1 Thess. 2:12). The verses in “A” show Jesus calling all those who toil and are burdened to come to Him. Even the word we translate “church” in the New Testament (Gk. ἐκκλησία or ekklesia) shows God’s calling. It means “those who have been called out.”
“D” is for Death.
Christ suffered death on our behalf and took our offenses upon Himself. He was the only one ever qualified to do it, and He was the only one ever in a position to do it. AND HE DID IT. Amazing! Christ was also the only man to ever live who did not deserve death. Now, upon receiving the Lord, we must declare like the apostle Paul, “I am crucified with Christ (Gal. 2:20).” And in order to know the ensuing power of His resurrection, we must be conformed to His death (Phil. 3:10).
For more on the Lord’s death and resurrection, see “Q”.
“E” is for Economy.
“God’s economy” is a term coined by the apostle Paul (1 Tim. 3:4; Eph 3:9; Eph 1:10) and literally means “household administration”. It is an over-reaching and all-encompassing term; all of the steps God has taken in His salvation and building (according to the good pleasure of His will [Eph. 1:5]) fall within the category of “God’s economy”. It is also the means by which God dispenses Himself as the Spirit to His believers. Some Bible versions translate the term “God’s dispensation”. As even an astute and educated person as Paul had to admit, it is indeed a great mystery (Eph. 5:32)!
“F” is for Forgiveness.
So many religious or spiritual beliefs/faiths encourage good behavior, obedience to God, or reaching a state of enlightenment. Atheist beliefs encourage enlightenment through education and profound thought and/or consideration. But no camps out there address the matter of sin head on. We have sin. We’re fallen. It’s the reason we seek betterment in the first place. What about our transgressions? What happens to the bad things we do? Can we annul them by doing more good works than bad? The answer is no, we cannot. There is no way but to come to God for forgiveness. And that is through the blood of Jesus His son (Matt. 26:28; 1 John 1:9).
“G” is for Grace.
This is a very mysterious and even misunderstood term. But it’s everywhere in the Bible – especially in the New Testament. What is grace? The word is sometimes used interchangeably with God’s mercy, but the two are not the same. The apostle John told us that while the law was given through Moses, grace and reality came through Jesus Christ (Jn. 1:17). Mercy and unmerited favor existed with the children of Israel in the Old Testament in an external way. However, in the New Testament age, we have the reality of every blessing in Christ (Eph. 1:3). And since Paul prayed that the grace of the Lord Jesus would be with our spirit (2 Tim. 4:22), which is internal, grace is therefore something internal. What is it, then? It is the experience and enjoyment of God Himself. Grace is what enables us to carry out anything the Lord has planned for us (1 Cor. 15:10). The experience of God as grace is what was sufficient for Paul during all his hardships (2 Cor. 12:9) It is a crucial part of the Christian life. Want to experience grace? May I recommend “C”.
“H” is for Holy.
I went to Merriam-Webster for a definition on this one:
“Exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness.”
Hey, not bad! GOD IS THAT. He is holy. That so many people aspire toward greatness, enlightenment, holiness, righteousness or whatever you want to call it is a testament to the fact that it CAN exist. It just can’t exist within us; apart from being reconstituted with God, that is. Sorry, Star Trek. Humans won’t evolve beyond the point of greed, murder, envy, war, etc. As a matter of fact, the further along humanity progresses, the more problems surface. Only God is holy. The Lord Jesus was the only completely holy man to ever live. Sin was not found in Him (1 Pet 2:22).
For more on the Lord’s being without sin, see “X”.
“I” is for Incarnation.
God’s being or existence are not limited by any means to the confines of space or time. However, He chose, according to His will, to come in time as a man on earth. This was His incarnation. God sent His son Jesus Christ to be conceived of the Spirit in the virgin Mary, be born of her in a normal human way, and live a normal human life before He started and completed His ministry. This was to prepare Him for His vicarious death on our behalf and then His resurrection, ascension and enthronement. God’s incarnation was a major step in His economy (see “E”). Every one of the gospels touches in some detail on God’s incarnation. My favorite is John chapter 1.
“J” is for JESUS.
Obvious one, right? This is the greatest name in the universe. This is the name by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12; Romans 10:13). This is the name under which all things in the universe have been submitted (Matt. 28:18; Eph 1:21). This is the name to which every knee will bow and every tongue openly confess that He is Lord (Phil 2:9-11). This is also the name on which we can call, just like so many believers have over the centuries (http://online.recoveryversion.org/FootNotes.asp?FNtsID=2905 ).
“K” is for Kyriakon (Gk. κυριακὸν) .
This word is rich in etymological history and appears in some form in a number of Western languages. It means “of the Lord”. Although this word is not used in the Bible itself to refer to the Church (rather, ἐκκλησία or ekklesia is), this word came to be used by Christians around A.D. 300 to refer to the Church. The Germans have kirche, the Scottish have kirk, the English speakers have church. What is the source of the church? It is the Lord. The Church is of the Lord. It is even the Lord Himself (Acts 9:4-5). It is the organic expression of the Lord through man; even His own Body (1 Cor. 12:12). Contrary to the understanding and application of the term “church” by many today, the church not religious, political, commercial or even physical in nature. It is entirely spiritual. Yes, it is composed of people. But without the Lord’s living, active presence and enthronement within that group of people, all you have is a human assembly.
Note: “Kyriakon” does appear in the Bible to refer to things like the Lord’s supper (1 Cor. 11:20) and the Lord’s day (Rev. 1:10).
“K” is also for Kingdom.
God’s kingdom had two aspects. For the governmental aspect of His kingdom, see “L”. The other aspect is the organic aspect. In the same way that there is a plant kingdom, an animal kingdom, etc., there is also a divine kingdom. Humans were made in the image of God (Gen. 1:27) with the purpose of containing Him, even being filled with Him (Acts 13:9; Eph. 3:19). When we believe into and receive the Lord, our spirit is filled with His life (Rom. 8:10) and He continues to spread throughout our soul (Eph. 3:17); and eventually even into our body (Phil. 3:21). This dispensing and spreading is how He fulfills His intention of bring many redeemed sons into glory (Heb. 2:10)! According to the apostle Paul’s rhetoric, this process is called sanctification (Rom. 6:22) and transformation (Rom. 12:2).
“L” is for LORD.
The many nations on earth are governed by various types of political bodies, but no group or no person can claim the title “Lord”; as in, the ONE Lord. The Bible calls Jesus the “King of Kings, and Lord of Lords” (Rev. 19:16). His kingdom is on the earth today in a hidden way, manifested as a shining testimony in His Church as a shining lamp(Matt. 5:14-16). [Side note: don’t confuse church with religion – The Lord’s shining testimony is not found within religion.] The Lord will be returning to earth according to His timing, at which time He will crush the totality of corrupt human government as a stone cut out without hands (Dan. 2:31-35), and will establish His kingdom in an open and visible way on the earth (Rev. 11:15). This will bring in all the things humanity is longing for: peace, justice, righteousness, healing, etc. For this, the Lord is referred to as the “Desire of the Nations” (Haggai 2:7).
“M” is for Marriage of the Lamb (Rev. 19:7).
The relationship between God and His people is one of love. The totality of the believers constitute the church, which, on one hand, is His Body; but on the other hand is His bride. Once a person believes, he or she enters into a sweet, loving relationship with the unique husband in the universe, our dear Lord Jesus. This love will consummate in a marriage between Christ and His bride at His return.
The Lord’s desire for a loving counterpart is seen in the very beginning of the Bible. In Genesis 2:18, when the Lord said that it was not good for Adam to be alone, He was also revealing His own heart’s desire. Adam and Eve were the type of Christ and the Church. Ephesians 5 and Ezekiel 16 are great chapters on the subject of Christ being our loving, caring husband, regardless of our ill treatment of Him. So many believers throughout the ages have codified their love for the Lord in hymns. Here’s an excerpt from one of my favorite:
“Dear Lord Jesus, precious Jesus,
Thou hast won each love from me;
Who like Thee—so fair and comely?
Who like Thee—so sweet and lovely?
Matchless One, unrivaled beauty,
None can e’er compete with Thee!” -Watchman Nee
“N” is for New Testament Reality.
This is one of my favorite! The Old Testament is full of history and stories, but it functions to us today in the way of types, pictures, allegories, symbols, etc. We don’t have to go through arduous or tedious religious rituals to appease God; we have access directly to the throne! Through His crucifixion, Jesus brought us nigh unto God. We don’t need a mediator anymore (actually Christ Himself IS our mediator [1 Tim. 2:5]). The fact that Christ is the reality to us is called:
“The mystery which has been hidden from the ages, but has now been manifested through His saints (Col. 1:26).”
The apostle Paul (among others) was key in unveiling to us all the types and shadows in the Old Testament which, by reading and digesting them, we can better understand the inexhaustible riches of God’s full salvation. I’d love to give just a few verses, but the entire New Testament (as well as prayer and revelation from God) are needed to see this matter in full. Galatians, Colossians, Hebrews all have strong emphasis on Christ being the reality. The Life Studies by Witness Lee are also unrivaled in showing New Testament application of the Old Testament. I’m in the Life Study of Leviticus myself.
“O” is for Oneness.
God is one. He’s the Holy Trinity, yes, but in essence He is totally one. Oneness is another thing that everyone seems to want in some way or another. But strife and division are synonymous with humanity. Families want to be one. Corporations want to be one. Married couples want to be one. I’m a US Army veteran. During the larger part of my service, our slogan was “An Army of One”. Was it really one? No. Someone pointed out to me once that we can’t even be one with ourselves. The more I live, the truer I find that to be. But GOD IS ONE. He is uniquely one. And we who are organically united with Him through the Spirit share in His oneness. The best chapters in the Bible on both God’s oneness and the believers’ oneness with Him (and with each other) are Deuteronomy 12, Psalm 133, John 17, and Ephesians 4.
“P” is for Pneumatic.
Πνεῦμα, or “pneuma” in Greek means spirit or breath. As has been alluded to, God is triune. He is three-one. We simply cannot explain it – it is inexplicable. All three of the Holy Trinity have existed in eternity; they are without beginning and without ending. As was stated in “O”, God is one in essence. He is the unique, self-existing, ever-existing, immutable God. Again, this is with regard to His essence. But let’s bring it back to “E”, which covered God’s economy in brief. God’s essence and His economy are two sides of one coin. His essence is who He is intrinsically, His economy is the steps He takes to carry out the good pleasure of His will (Eph 1:5; Rev. 4:11). God is sovereign; He can do whatever He wants. In His economy, He put on humanity by becoming the man Jesus Christ, lived a normal human life, was crucified, resurrected, and in resurrection became the Life-giving Spirit (1 Cor. 15:45). His becoming the Life-giving Spirit was the fulfillment of Jesus’ word in John 7:37-39. Now, as the Life-giving Spirit, He has poured Himself out upon the earth (Acts 10:45) that man may receive Him. All the rich attributes of God are contained in the Spirit.
Electricity provides a good example for the function of the Triune God in His economy: The Father is the power plant, the source, where all the electricity is stored, the Son is the wires or cables used to transmit the electricity, and the Spirit is the electrical current itself which comes to us and fulfills our need. All three are one and function as one. Everything we need is in the Pneumatic Christ, the “Spirit” Christ. This has led to Him being called “The all-inclusive Life-giving Spirit” ( http://online.recoveryversion.org/FootNotes.asp?FNtsID=3908 ).
“Q” is for Quell.
This was a tough one. I went with “Quell” because of the following hymn lyrics:
“Till then we would Thy love proclaim
With every fleeting breath;
And triumph in that blessed Name
Which QUELLS the pow’r of death.” -based on lyrics by John Newton, editor unkown
This gives me opportunity to speak about the Lord’s resurrection life. It is the most powerful force in the universe! The ultimate phenomenon that puts fear into the heart of everyone is death – and the assumed power thereof. Death is the result of sin. Sin is the nature of God’s enemy, Satan. Death is its consummation. As was stated in “D”, Christ willingly went to the cross on our behalf. He even suffered the most horrible and fearsome death. First of all, the manner in which He was killed was horrific. It’s a well-known account, so I won’t expound upon it (if you wish, read Matthew 26-27). Secondly, he took the sum total of all humanity’s transgressions and offenses and offered Himself as the substitute. That’s why it was a vicarious death. That’s right. You, atheist! You have sin like everyone else! And Christ knowingly and willingly took your sin upon Himself! The Father economically withdrew from Him and judged His dear, beloved Son, the only One in the Universe that pleases Him (Matt. 12:18), because of His love for us, His desire to carry out His economy, and to make a way for us to be saved from sin.
Unfortunately for death and Satan, however, it was not possible for Jesus to be held by them (Acts 2:24). Not only did Jesus have the resurrection life, He IS resurrection (Jn. 11:25)! When His appointed three days were finished, Jesus simply stripped off those who were attempting to hold Him in death (Col. 2:15) and resurrected.
Ok what does this have to do with us? Well, a verse and another hymn:
“Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes into Me, even if he should die, shall live (Jn 11:25).”
Here’s the hymn: http://www.witness-lee-hymns.org/hymns/H0639.html
“R” is for RE.
God is the “RE” God. He REstores to us the years eaten by the locusts (Joel 2:25). He REstores our souls (Psa. 23:3). He REgenerates our spirit after it fell into a dead condition through His living and abiding word (1 Pet. 1:23). He REleases the captives of sin and those who are oppressed (Luke 4:18), He REcovers sight to the blind (also Luke 4:18), He REvives us in our damaged condition (Hosea 6:1-2). So, as the Lord Jesus Himself exhorted us in Mark.1:15, why not REpent and believe in the gospel ?!
“S” is for Shining.
The Word of God says it best:
“God is light and in Him is no darkness at all (1 Jn. 1:5).”
“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it (Jn. 1:4-5).”
“Again therefore Jesus spoke to them, saying, I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall by no means walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life (Jn. 8:12).”
“Because the God who said, Out of darkness light shall shine, is the One who shined in our hearts to illuminate the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 4:6).”
This world is full of darkness. Whether or not you believe in the existence of God’s enemy, Satan, you can agree that the world is full of darkness. The Lord Jesus is the light of life and the light of the world. He is the way out of darkness.
“T” is for Truth.
Another verse (often misapplied):
“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free (Jn. 8:32).”
I’ll pull footnote 1 from this verse (from the Recovery version of the Bible). I can’t think of a way to say it better.
“In Greek (the word for truth is) the same as reality in Jn. 1:14, 17. The truth is not the so-called truth of doctrine but the reality of the divine things, which is the Lord Himself. This verse says that “the truth shall set you free,” whereas (Jn. 8:36) says that “the Son sets you free.” This proves that the Son, the Lord Himself, is the truth. Since the Lord is the embodiment of God (Col. 2:9), He is the reality of what God is. Hence, reality is the very divine element of God realized by us. When the Lord as the great I Am comes into us as life, He shines within us as light, bringing the divine element as reality into us. This reality, which is the divine element imparted into us and realized by us, sets us free from the bondage of sin by the divine life as the light of man. When the Lord as the Word of God became flesh (Jn. 1:14), He brought God to us as this reality, that God might be the grace for our enjoyment (Jn. 1:17).”
“Hence also He (Jesus as our High Priest before God) is able to save to the uttermost those who come forward to God through Him, since He lives always to intercede for them.”
“V” is for Victor.
There is a spiritual warfare going on in the universe (Dan 10-12). On one hand, it is already won. Christ is victor! If He wasn’t victor, how could He have defeated death in resurrection? Christ defeated Satan on the cross (Heb 2:14) and is waiting, according to His timing, to carry out His judgement upon Satan (Rev. 20:10). In the meantime, God implores us to “war the good warfare (1 Tim. 1:18)” by “taking up the whole armor of God (Eph. 6:10-20).” This does not involve any kind of conflict against man, but rather against the satanic powers in the universe (Eph 6:12) through prayer and praising!
“W” is for Wheat.
As a grain of wheat, Christ went into the ground and died for us (Jn. 12:24). This was for the purpose of bearing fruit, i.e. propagating His life throughout Humanity.
For more on the propagation of Christ’s life, see “K”.
For more on the life which Christ gives to us, see “Z”.
So I obviously had to cheat a little on this one – sorry. X-Ray and Xylophone don’t have much to do with the gospel 😀
Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of the type of the Passover lamb in the Old Testament. The Passover lamb in Exodus 12 was to be examined for four days. If any blemish or spot on it was found, it would be unacceptable as a sacrifice. Christ fulfilled this type when he was captured and brought before the Sanhedrin (Matthew 26). Over a period of exactly four days, Christ was tried, tested and examined by the Sanhedrin (Jewish court) and the Roman governor Pontius Pilate. The Sanhedrin was seeking a reason to put Him to death, being filled with envy (Matt. 27:18). Pontius Pilate concluded the Lord’s examination by declaring to the Sanhedrin,
“You have brought this man to me as one who turns the people away, and behold, I have examined Him before you and found no fault in this man regarding the accusations you bring against Him (Luke 23:14).”
Yahweh is the great I AM. His name means “I AM WHO I AM”. The anglicized version of this is of course Jehovah. This name first appears in the Bible when Moses saw the burning bush in Exodus 3. Moses was commissioned by God to go before Pharaoh and demand the release of the children of Israel. Moses, who did not have much of a personal history with God up to that point, asked this mysterious and undoubtedly frightening flame coming out of the bush,
“Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM”. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you (Exo. 3:13-14).”
The name Jesus is of course an anglicized version of Yeshua which means “The salvation of Yahweh”. Jesus came to us as the great I AM. He even claimed this in person. When he spoke of Abraham in John 8, the unbelieving Jews who were present exclaimed, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?!” Jesus responded to them,
“Truly, truly, I say to you, Before Abraham came into being, I AM (Jn. 8:57-58).
We are weak, fragile, ephemeral beings. The Bible calls the pursuits of the life we live a “chasing after the wind (Ecc. 1:14)”. In the large scope of things, we really ARE NOT. This is why we need the great I AM.
ζωὴ or Zoe is the Greek word used by the writers of the New Testament to describe the divine, uncreated life of God (Jn. 20:31; 1 Jn. 5:12; Gal. 3:21; Rom. 8:10; 2 Pet. 1:3; Jude 1:21; James 1:12). It is the life that exists in eternity. It is the life which possesses all of the divine attributes, such as love, light, holiness and righteousness. Only God is Zoe. According to His will revealed in the Bible, however, He is not content to merely possess Zoe by Himself, but He wants to share it with us! This is why He created us in His image (Gen. 1:27) and gave us, in addition to a body and a soul, the third part – the human spirit (mentioned in “B”). I was recently quite impressed that the matter of humans’ ability to receive God’s life is, when you get down to it, the main item which separates the Christian faith from any other faith. Other faiths/camps may stress being a good person, having an open mind, obedience to God, achieving a state of enlightenment, etc., but the Bible is the only text where you will find that God wants to give Himself to us, even incorporate and mingle Himself with us (Rom. 8:10-11; Rom. 5:17; Jn. 17:22-23). Humanity is paramount to God’s purpose. The giving of Zoe life to man is also paramount to God’s purpose. The Lord Jesus Himself even said that this is why He came to earth (Jn. 10:10).
The Christians in Colossae had been defrauded of the proper teaching and practice concerning our enjoyment of Christ and our participation in the divine life. This motivated the apostle Paul to exhort them thus:
“Let no one defraud you by judging you unworthy of your prize (Col. 2:18)…!”