Chapter Two, Lesson Two
PROTECTING THE FLOCK Page
V.10 ** This sets Paul up for his third and final
tactic in the war against heresy. He now addresses the spiritual implications
of what he has been saying. For us personally, what is the importance
of "all the ful- ness of Deity" dwelling in Jesus Christ?
3) Because, "in Him [we] have been made complete..."
Our standing before a Holy God is based solely upon the work and Person
of Jesus Christ. We could not stand before Him on our own, and we could
not make ourselves holy through our own efforts.
** Once we have been saved by grace through faith, do we need to do spiritual
push-ups in order for God to accept us into His Heaven?
No - When we were made into a new creature (2Corinthians 5:17), God
sees His Son in us and we have been made complete in Him. cf. John 1:16,
Ephesians 3:19 and 2Peter 1:3-4
** How does that spiritual reality protect us from all forms of heresy?
He is the One who has made us complete, when error tries to attack
our security we simply trust in the work that Jesus has accomplished
on our behalf.
** What does Paul add at the end of verse ten to keep us secure in our
We are being protected by the One who is "the head over all rule
and authority". He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords - He
is the authority over all who would attack us, from men to angels. cf.
Romans 13:1 and Colossians 1:16
** Let's go back and review the three tactics used by Paul in the war
against heresy or false teaching. What was the first one?
1) 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, that we walk in truth.
We will be victorious against any form of heresy, if we know God's
Word and are faithful to live it out each day. Our lifestyle will silence
the mouths of the critics! cf. 1Peter 2:15
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