Thursday, September 30, 2010

Treasure Chest

“In Him all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden.” (Colossians 2:3)

A social phenomenon exists in almost every human society: secret societies. These are organizations or clubs which restrict membership and participation to those who commit to them by agreeing to their rules, principles, and beliefs, and who, in many cases, undergo instruction, training, and ritual. These social groups are often shrouded in secrecy, and members are sworn to secrecy. Some of these organizations are harmless, and some even practice benevolence. Some, on the other hand, take on a religious aura and become a religion for all practical purposes.

In the first century, secret societies were far more serious in nature and were, in fact, of a religious nature. They were shrouded in secrecy and emitted an aura of mystery. They built on philosophy and on what some of them called “wisdom.” They presented their views as superior and absolute.

Folks from some of these secret societies infiltrated Christian churches, and they began to challenge Christian beliefs. In Colossae in particular, the faith of some of the believers was being challenged. Believers were becoming unsettled by these influences.

Paul thus encouraged the believers in their faith when he wrote that in Jesus “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden.” The idea is that if you are searching for wisdom and knowledge, truth that leads to eternal life, you will find it only in Jesus Christ.

Whether secret societies or other pursuits, there are many people who search for significance and meaning in life. May we present the truth to them, that it is only found in Jesus Christ. All the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Him, and we find them when we find Him.

Lord, All our treasure is in You. Amen.

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