Daily Archives: January 9, 2013

2 posts

Teaching Christ -an alternative!

In the last post the subject was about how you teach Christ to your teenage son who has come home late and has a fresh dent in the side of the car. If we take a good look at the Holy Spirit’s instruction in Ephesians 4:17-20 and Colossians 2:6-8, we see that we must avoid doing things that the world does. The wording in both passages is strong – don’t be taken captive by the world and don’t live, think, or walk like the world. It is a mistake to read these warnings as general platitudes and hopeful guidelines. Paul writes these words because your spiritual life and the spiritual life of your children (see Ephesians 6:4) depends upon doing […]

But that is not the way you learned Christ!

The Apostle Paul issues a strong reminder to the Ephesians when he contrasts learning Christ with living like the world. In Colossians Paul demands that we not be taken captive by being and thinking like the world. The difference between living like the world and living for God is Christ! So, there is a sense of urgency when Paul proclaims that the Ephesians should be different from the world – they should learn Christ.    As previously noted, this particular language, learning Christ, is the first time in the Greek Bible that there is a directive to learn a person. The clear, but shocking, implication is that if you are not teaching the person of Christ your teaching is just […]