Christ, Our Rescue

See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. Colossians 2:8

The world says that Christ is not enough and that the Bible is fairytales and a bunch of stories that poor, delusional Christians use to placate themselves. Their methods are philosophical and full of empty deception. Philosophy means to “love wisdom” broadly speaking and when Col. 2:8 says “takes you captive” it literally means to kidnap, or to be carried off as booty or spoils of war. That is the goal of this present world, to carry us off with deception. Satan knows he can never have our souls, but he can ruin the productivity of our lives while we are here.

It is an imperative or command of Scripture that we do not buy into what the world’s wise philosophers are peddling. Often they offer Christ plus something else as necessary for salvation, they twist and pervert the Word of God into saying things is doesn’t say. They are deceivers and want you to believe that Christ and the Bible are not enough!

The danger of being lured away by worldly philosophies grows larger by the day. They cause us to focus on temporal things, and to lose our desire and vision for God. Since we have Christ, should we bother with this nonsense?

My Pastor says, “Once we lose our vision for God, who He is, what He has done through His Son Jesus Christ, we get a vision for something else. God is put on the shelf, an abstraction. Christ’s work on the Cross becomes a footnote in history that has application when I die but is irrelevant now.”

Has this ever happened to you? Have you lost your focus on Christ and begun to look at temporary situations as all there is? I want to redirect you today from focusing on yourself, and your situation, the things that get you down, and cause you to feel bad to focusing on Christ in the Bible.

Remember that we are born with that God-shaped void in our spirit. We were born sinners, spiritually dead, without life, unable to do anything about it at all. We were helpless, and as hard as we tried, our good deeds were insufficient and incomplete. Who else in the history of all the world can make a person complete? No one but Jesus.

When we are complete in Him, we are also immediately positionally secure. This means that no matter how we feel about it God says that we are secure. Jesus knew exactly what was needed to rescue us and He went the whole distance. He did not stop short of the necessary sacrifice to secure our eternal destiny. This is why as he hung on the cross he cried, “It is finished!” because all that needed to be done was done.

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21 (NASB)

We cannot add or subtract from that in any way because we did not do it! Our salvation was monergistic meaning it was a work done by One. We are passive in this process because we have been saved by someone else. There is no other Name under heaven by which we can be saved, Christ for He is our rescue.