Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.

For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. (Colossians 2:6-15)

This is a pretty big section I listed but there is something that caught my eye while reading it. Notice how Paul argues against false beliefs the Colossians will face in the coming days. He does degrade the false beliefs in how he describes them: “empty” and “elemental.” But that is not where the bulk of the argument resides. Nor does Paul go into deep arguments about how the false beliefs will never match up to logical evidences we see. On the flip-side, neither does he talk about how Christianity makes perfect logical sense.

Paul’s means is a simple one in arguing against the false belief: see how beautiful Christ is and How much He has given you!

Reason and logic have their place in giving a defense for our hope in Christ (1 Pet. 3:15). But logic is not the primary thing which compels us to be rooted and built up in Christ. It is the vision of His glory and love which will captivate us and bound our hearts to Him for our lives. If Jesus is a logical concept that we hold on to by logical arguments alone we can drift away from him. Paul uses the descriptive, “deceitful” for a reason. Satan can work around logical paradigms and present arguments that ever so cunningly move us away from the faith while we still see them being logically acceptable. But how hard is it to move a heart that has been captivated by greatness!? Once one is captivated by the satisfying character of the true Christ it is hard to move them.

Once we fine our hearts satisfied in the orthodox truth of who Christ is and what He has done for us, false gospels start to quench our thirst in the same way sand does. However, when we start drinking from the well of the real and true Christ we find ourselves fully satisfied with the sweetest, purest water.  We will have no reason to go anywhere else. And logical arguments will line up with what we experience! Jesus is true. And what keeps our hearts and minds rooted and built-up in Jesus is experiencing and savoring the wonders of His true love and character. This is the greatest argument we experience.

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