As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.
In his letter to the Colossians, Paul gives a timely exhortation to believers: therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. In a nutshell, Colossians 2: 6-7 can be summarized as follows: If you are a Christian, let it be noted. Our actions must be consistent with our faith and, instead of giving complaints, we give thanks every moment to our Heavenly Father.
The message of Colossians 2:6-7 is intended for believers, people who have placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ. There are seven important points to note in this biblical text that applies to every Christian: we have received the Lord Jesus Christ, we must walk in Him, we must be rooted in Him, we have been built up in Him, we have been established in the faith, we have been taught, and we must abound in thanksgiving. The first is the key to everything else, when we decide to receive the Lord, our answer is to make the other six points.
Many people do not accept the Lord because they do not see Christ in Christians. It seems like a play on words or a contradiction. But certainly there are many people who have an idea of Jesus Christ as a good and loving being and say that they do not see such a reflection in Christians. The Bible says in 1 John 2:6, The one who says he remains in Him should walk just as He walked. If we are Christians we must walk in Christ, walk in the footsteps of Christ and walk as Christ walked. For something we are his witnesses, let us take care of the testimony.
Being rooted in Christ means to take root in Him, to be clinging to Him and subject to Him. As Christians we cannot neglect our intimacy with the Lord. Having intimate relationship with Him, we will take root in Him and learn to act like Him. But being ingrained implies also submitting our life to Jesus Christ. Being ingrained, we are facilitated to be over-built on the rock that is Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:20 says, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone.
The title of this message is “Established in the Faith” and that is the fifth point dealt with in Colossians 2:6-7. The New Testament speaks volumes about faith. We have all heard that faith moves mountains, that without faith it is impossible to please God, that we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, that Abraham is the father of faith, among other things. And we ask ourselves, how are we established in the faith? Romans 10:17 tells us, So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Listening to the Word of God establishes us in the faith.
And it is the very Word of God, which, in addition to establishing us in the faith, teaches us. Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:16-17 as follows, All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. The Bible teaches us that we must receive Jesus Christ to be saved. From there, it is the Word of God and our intimacy with Him that will confirm us in the faith to be faithful witnesses. God bless you.