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Colossians, Chapter Two, Lesson Two

PROTECTING THE FLOCK           Page 2

Protecting the Flock

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V. 6 ** Paul's first tactic in the battle for living out the truth of God's word each day is to make sure that our walk matches our talk. To what historical event does he refer as a setup for calling the Colossians to a godly lifestyle?

The day of their salvation! "As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord..."
cf. 2Peter 1:1, 1Thessalonians 1:9

There was a day in the life of these believers, when they turned away from living for themselves and their lusts and started living for their Lord and Savior. We should also be able to identify with these dear folks, as we remember our day of salvation and the new life which Jesus Christ has granted to us by faith.

** Paul says, "As you...received Christ", so walk in Him. Could someone explain the comparison to which Paul is referring?

Our "walk" of obedience is to be just as genuine as our claim to salvation through faith in Jesus. There should not be a difference between who we say we are and how we act.
cf. 1John 2:4-6

V. 7 ** The Christian "walk" is analogous to our daily experience lived out for the cause of Christ, for as long as we may live! That is speaking of a process, one in which the Christian is expected to progress from one level of glory to the next as we become more and more like our Savior. (2Corinthians 3:18)
The question becomes then, what is the process? Paul gives us just two steps here in verse seven. What is the first one?

1) "...having been firmly rooted..." God Himself has granted us salvation and "planted" us in His Kingdom. cf. Philippians 1:6, 1Corinthians 1:30-31

** What is the second step in the process?

2) We are now "being built up in Him and established in [our] faith".

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