Col 2:3 ...In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.Paul states here that within the person of Christ is the full explanation of reality; the "treasures" thesauros, deposit or wealth of both "wisdom" sophia and "knowledge", gnosis, meaning to know, or speaking of science. This statement speaks volumes; within Christ can be found the exact essence of what both philosophy and science are striving for. The word "philosophy" is from philosophia, a conjugate of philos, to love, and sophia, meaning wisdom. Thus philosophy is nothing more than the pursuit of wisdom, i.e. to understand reality by studying it. The statement "wisdom and knowledge" embodies the fact that all of humanity's desire to obtain wisdom and knowledge is founded on a desire for an accurate understanding of reality, to find meaning for that which is. As is evident by the multitudes of scientists and philosophers coupled with their diversity of opinions, philosophy and science by themselves cannot satisfy the burning questions that trouble humans. Philosophy and science, when used properly, can certainly be a means to learn about God. But like any hammer, screwdriver or can opener; they are useless if not detrimental tools when used for something other than that for which they were intended. In other words, the tool is not an end unto it's self, they are but a means to an end. Without it's proper end, the use of a tool is at best unfulfilling and at worst engendering of dispair in the user. Christ alone provides meaning for reality, and only through faith in Him can a true understanding of all that is be obtained. Christ is alone completely and totally sufficient. Praise the Lord for His never ending love and mercy.
Monday, November 15, 2004
The mean is not the end I was continuing with my study of Colossians this morning and was meditating on the third verse, speaking of Christ:
Saturday, November 13, 2004
All Rights Reserved I was reminded the other day that I hadn’t made a post in quite a while… and so I haven’t. Life has been so busy- same old story. On walking worthy. I’ve been studying the first chapter of the book of Colossians lately- something I read this morning struck me. In Colossians 1:10 it says
"That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God"It seems to me that this is the true reason for desiring the knowledge of the will of God, to "walk worthy" so as to please the Lord, being fruitful in every good work, becoming ever more familiar with who God is. To "walk" is, according to Strong’s (peripateo) to live, deport oneself, follow (as a companion or votary) to go, be occupied with. This is the same word used many places to denote both physical action as well as ideological direction (John 11:9, John 11:54, Romans 6:4, Romans 8:1, I Cor 7:17, etc). The word translated "worthy" here refers to that which is appropriate, as becometh saints, etc. In other words, to walk worthy is to fashion one's life to be obedient to the will of God, and this is borne out in the second half of the verse: unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work. Here in school there is a constant thrust towards getting us to behave like professionals, we take courses in professional ethics, professors are constantly reminding us of the need to uphold the ideals of our profession… essentially admonishing us to “walk worthy” of our vocation. It seems to me that it would behoove Christians to adopt the same attitude: caring what we look like to the world, being consistent, watching how we talk, with whom we talk, the things we allow ourselves be associated with… the things we are willing to have Christianity associated with. We are Christ’s hands and mouth in the world… how easy it is to forget that. Christians should feel burdened not to perform, but to be obedient. If a man is thought of as godly, it is not as much a measure of his skill or ability as much as it is an indication of his level of obedience to the will of God that has been made evident. Christians do great things because they serve a great God. I thing Paul said it best in the last verse of the first chapter of Colossians:
"Whereunto I also labor, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily."If we are overwhelmed, let us look again at what we are laboring towards… doing great things, or doing the will of God. If we wish to be effective in our world, to experience peace amidst the storms of life, to maintain joy despite all disappointment, let us do the will of God, He is worthy of a walk of complete obedience. In other news… There always seems to be something going on- we’ve almost finished renovating our house. Heather did the majority of the work in our bedroom, filling in all the cracks in the walls with drywall joint compound, sanding, painting, etc. I ended up replacing the floor after I went through a rotten spot (a rather disconcerting experience I assure you). We even installed a new window- quite the home owners we are… lol. Now just the bathroom is left…