“Therefore, just as you have received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in Him, rooted and built up in Him, established in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness…” COL 2:6-7
Relevant Scriptures Selected:
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me.” John 13:20
“Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. Matthew 10:40
From Gill we gather: As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord,…. Receiving Christ is believing in him: faith is the eye of the soul, that sees the beauty, glory, fulness, and suitableness of Christ; the foot that goes to him, and the hand that takes hold on him, and the arm that receives and embraces him; so that this is not a receiving him into the head by notion, but into the heart by faith; and not in part only, but in whole: faith receives a whole Christ, his person as God and man; him in all his offices, as prophet, priest, and King; particularly as a Saviour and Redeemer,
Henry writes: All Christians have, in profession at least, received Jesus Christ the Lord, consented to him, and taken him for theirs. We cannot be built up in Christ, or grow in him, unless we are first rooted in him, or founded upon him. Being established in the faith, we must abound therein, and improve in it more and more. God justly withdraws this benefit from those who do not receive it with thanksgiving; and gratitude for his mercies is justly required by God.
My pondering: It is football season again. One analogy I see is playing catch; being a receiver. When the Gospel ball is passed our way, the receiver’s primary job is to catch it. By keeping his eye on the ball and squeezing it at the proper time a reception is complete.
Once the reception is complete, the next step is to run to glory, God’s glory, without fumbling. That’s a great feat.
The next step is to become a quarterback back and make the next critical pass. Be assured coach Jesus is pulling for us, the Owner wants us to score and we have all star Spirit on the field doing the impossible. Yes, our opponent is formidable but greater is He that is own our side than the other. Thanks be to our great leader, we win because of His greatness.
The question is what team are you on and are you even out on the field?
My prayer: Jesus, thanks for all You have, are and shall do to ensure we receivers are winners. Without You impossible, with…all possible!