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Colossians 2:1-10 Developing Your Intellectual Health

Colossians 2:1-10 (NKJV)
For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, 2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and[a] of Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words. 5 For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. 6 As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it[b] with thanksgiving. 8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

Intellectual health is stimulating your mind by expanding the lens in which you see the world. However, often times in life when we expand our lens we only see things through the human eye and not the spiritual eye. This is due to forgetting who your teacher is. In Dallas Willard’s book, “The Great Omission,” he offers that in a world where there is a great deal of information, misinformation, and disinformation, people have pushed aside Christ. He explains, “Many Christians do not even think of him as one with reliable information about their lives” (Willard, 2006, p. 18).  As Christians, we must ask ourselves, why do we not respect Christ in our various fields of study and expertise, and why do we not recognize him as a master of research and knowledge in our fields? These are questions to ponder because in our society “Jesus Christ is automatically disassociated from brilliance or intellectual capacity” (Willard, 2006, p. 19). Sometimes we forget that Jesus is the smartest person who ever lived, sometimes we forget that it was his father who was the original environmentalist, so ask yourself, who is your teacher?

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