Fullness and freedom—two aspects of Christian life that we all want to share. Paul wrote about them at length (and depth) in his letter to the Christians at Colossae, where certain new teachers were proclaiming that "mere Christianity" is not enough. There is, they suggested, a fuller experience, a greater liberation, than they had so far enjoyed. But Paul was adamant: all God's fullness is in Christ alone, and only through his complete work are we set free.
These are the great objective truths of the faith that Dick Lucas highlights in his exposition, enabling us to see both the riches that are ours in Christ and the irrelevance--even blasphemy—of all would-be improvements on what God has done.
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“Secondly, the visitors spoke of a new spiritual ‘freedom’ which those who followed them would enjoy.” (Page 23)
“Thirdly, the visitors appear to have claimed particular insight into the powers of evil, and to be able to give believers special protection from them.” (Page 24)
“Finally, the visitors were, unhappily, divisive in their influence.” (Page 24)
“Further, the visitors were inclined to be superior to, even critical of, ‘ordinary’ believers.” (Page 24)
“Paul does not ask for the Christians a new knowledge, however, but rather the proper use of what is already theirs in Christ, so that they can the better discern the will of God for their lives.” (Page 37)
Richard Charles “Dick” Lucas (born 1925) is an Anglican evangelical clergyman, best known for his long ministry at St Helen’s Bishopsgate in London, England. He is also known as a founder of The Proclamation Trust and the Cornhill Training Course, and as the author of a number of evangelical books and commentaries. With John Stott and others, Lucas was a key figure in shaping the conservative evangelical movement in the United Kingdom during the 20th Century.