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“And not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God.”

 

“And not holding fast to the Head”

The Gnostic mysticism of Colossae cannot connect to the “Head” (Christ, Co 1:18; 2:10) of the “body” (the church).  They cannot, at the same time, assert a true claim on Christ and hold to Gnosticism.  Jesus is the only mediator between God and man (1 Tim. 2:5,6).

By claiming the mediatorship of angels, they fly the face of the finished work of Christ.  No one can mediate between God and man except Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ is the exclusive basis of Christianity.

The words “holding fast to” mean to cause a state to continue based on some authority or power — “to hold, to keep, to cause to continue.”  God expects us to apprehend Jesus Christ.  We can live without an arm, but we cannot live without a head.  We cannot live the Christian life without Christ the head.  It is the head that gives orders.  We must first check with him.  The only way we can do that is by a systematic study of the Word of God.  He does not lead by spiritual duck bumps. 

The failure of false teachers to hold fast to the head of the church is the foundation of false doctrine.  False teachers detached from the head and have no life in them.  They put angelic aeons in place of Christ.  Those who go to mediums are an example of this today. 

All errors of believers relate to this as well.  If the believer does not have a healthy relationship with the head, the life that flows from the head will be anemic.  Fruit depends upon a healthy fellowship with the head (John 15:4-5).

PRINCIPLE:

The only way to grow in the Christian life is to vitally link with Christ.

APPLICATION:

Any wolf recognizes a woman in love.  He knows she is out of circulation.  The true Christian is deeply in love with Jesus Christ.  The body severed from the head dies.

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