… I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself. In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I am telling you this so no one will deceive you with well-crafted arguments. (Colossians 2:2-4 NLT)
It is amazing how big a crowd you can draw by simply promising to reveal some deep secrets. We humans are naturally curious; particularly if the promised secrets are touted to provide us those magical keys to the world of wonder and effortless ‘success’ that we often fantasize about.
Most of us have at some point or the other run after some ‘deep revelation’ that will transform our Christian race into a walk in the park despite that Christ has warned that “the road to life is straight and narrow and few there be that find it”.
The big secret as it appears is that there is no big secret. Apostle writes to assure the Colossian Church that all of the new revelations being peddled were just the ideas of spin doctors and what I like to call spiritual entrepreneurs. He wanted them in his words “to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself”.
Folks, Christ is the secret. He is God’s mystery personified. He embodies and contains all wisdom and knowledge. Therefore whatever anyone seeks to present as some new revelation that does not centre on Christ is deception.
Apostle Paul warns that there will be many who want to deceive us with “well crafted arguments”. Apparently, they will sound very convincing and will often refer you to some subjective personal experience they had as the basis for their ideas. We must test those ideas and reject them outright if they do not agree with the teachings of Christ.
All of the mystery and secret that we need to unravel to run this race are in Christ Jesus. That is why we are to “look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith”.