Did you know God has a cancel culture? I know, you probably think I’ve been taken over by a leftist hacker, but hear me out.
In Colossians, Paul tells us not to let anyone cheat us through philosophy, empty language, or cunning sophistication of schools of thought of men that are not according to Christ. Paul was battling persuasive false teachers here.
And that’s the thing about deception, it comes packaged in persuasion. Although the words may be persuasive, they are, in fact, deceptive. Anything that tells us anything other than the fact that we, in Christ, have the fullness of the Trinity is deception, no matter how good or persuasive it sounds.
The truth is that the perfection of humanity is accomplished in Christ. Christ wiped out the handwriting on the Ten Commandments, the ordinances and laws, and anything that was against us that examines the human condition. Christ CANCELS all of those imperfections. God has His own cancel culture through Christ. In Him, sin is canceled — and so is any word that tells us it is not.
When Christ came out of the grave, all hell was disrupted. Heaven instantly understood the triumph of Christ’s cross — He died FOR us so He could die AS us. God’s remedy for the human condition is to cancel sin through the cross. He cancels sin through the death of Christ.
So listen when Paul says not to let anyone deceive you with persuasive words out of your inheritance.
If you died with Christ, why do you still subject yourself to earthly, religious rituals? They are of no use in stopping the indulgence of the flesh. The only thing that can stop human nature from indulging itself in its sensual, selfish interests, obsessions, and appetites, is to be made alive in the spirit and live in communion with that reality.
Perfection is in Christ.
We must let go of the imperfections of our performance and come to Him who is perfect and has already done a perfect performance for the Father. When God sees us, He sees us in Christ. He does not see us in ourselves. When God looks at us He sees the finished work of the Son on our behalf.
Because Christ paid a high price so that we may be seen as perfect to God, we should be motivated to want to see ourselves in that position — and to throw off any word that makes us think otherwise.
I pray that God’s energy moves in you so you can untangle any persuasive word that comes your way so that you may, in turn, untangle the thoughts and hearts of others because of Christ’s work in you.