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IN CHRIST: ALL HIDDEN TREASURES OF WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE
by Philip Owen

          What gets your attention, believer? Are you enthralled with your work and with getting ahead? Does your life revolve around your family and family activities? Have you been transfixed by the situation in Ukraine, frightened by Covid, or alarmed by the economic impact of inflation? All of those things are circumstances with which we must contend, but the focus of believers should be on Christ. Writing to the church at Colossae, Paul said, “I want you to know how great a struggle I have on your behalf” that your “hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself” (2:1, 2).

            Wow! Paul struggled and considered it worthwhile to struggle for the unity of the brethren at Colossae (and elsewhere), and for their attaining the wealth contained in the full assurance of understanding found in the proper knowledge of God’s mystery, namely, Christ Himself. Paul’s desire for them reflected his own lifelong pursuit. The prayer that he expressed in his letter to the Philippians was “that I may know Him . . .” (3:10). Perhaps better than any other human being, Paul understood that in Christ “are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col. 2:3). Consider several striking thoughts provoked by those words.

            First, in Christ—all wisdom and knowledge. Have you been puzzled by those who have been deceived by the preposterous lies of evolution? Have you wondered how mothers can demand the right to murder their own unborn babies? Have you been astonished that those in the transgender culture can deny the clear and simple objective reality of biology concerning gender? The answer lies in their rejection of Christ. Not everyone embraces these extremes, of course, but the moment Christ is rejected truth disappears. For the only way both to obtain and to maintain truth is to trust in Christ, for He Himself is the repository of wisdom and knowledge. Reject Him and truth lies slain in the streets. We must not miss that little word, all. Consider how the so-called “hard” sciences have been corrupted by a rejection of Christ. Biology, botany, astronomy, geology and many others have escaped their moorings and are sailing in the futile service of evolution. Those who reject Christ lose all hope of understanding truth.

            Second, in Christ—all the treasures. Treasures may be things of great objective value like gold and gemstones, or they may be things that we cherish like a relationship, an experience, or a memory. Regardless, they enrich our lives. Paul reveals that the wisdom and knowledge inherent in the person of Christ are a treasure. Far too many believers pursue the gold that perishes to the detriment of obtaining the wealth that comes from a pursuit of Christ. The believer who pursues an ever-deepening love and appreciation for Jesus Christ, however,  will never be shortchanged because all the treasures worth having—those things that are eternal—may be found in Him alone.

            Third, in Christ—hidden. It is not enough to be saved. As great as the blessing of salvation is, much more may be discovered and enjoyed. And that “much more” may be found in Christ. The heritage of every believer entails infinite wealth. That having been said, there are riches reserved only for those with a love and zeal to pursue them in Christ. The word hidden suggests, not something that is beyond discovery and capture, but something requiring diligent effort to obtain. The key to obtaining this hidden wealth is not in the pursuit of secular knowledge, but in the pursuit of fellowship with Christ. And as surprising as it may seem, the pursuit of doctrine will not open up God’s storehouse of wisdom and knowledge either.  For Christ is the key to a proper understanding and practical utilization of all doctrine. If we seek to know Him, obedience will follow, and understanding of truth will follow that. Will you pursue God’s hidden treasure?

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