Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
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Philosophy, traditions, and all the other ways man uses to try and understand God can only get us so far- if anywhere at all. Sometimes fooling with the newest method and the trendiest biblical insight, or perspectives, takes us in circles.
The surest way to learn God, and to get understanding of His Word is through the Holy Ghost. 1 Corinthians 2:11 tells us that only the Spirit of God can know the things of God. And everything that is God, can be found bodily in Christ. In Christ we are complete. Through Christ, we understand God's heart of love and compassion. Through Christ we gain access to God's Grace, that he so desperately wants all of the human race to take advantage of.
Each faith step we take toward God opens the eyes of our understanding even more. When we believe that there is a God and he has a better way than our current state, it unlocks our faith to repent. When we repent, we progress to the faith needed to be baptized in water in the name of Jesus Christ ( Acts 2:38). He also by faith in his name gives us power to become his sons and daughters- His holy Spirit (John 1:12).
As God operates in us, the the world's approach to God becomes foolish. The world says analyze until you understand- then commit. In Christ, we are to obey in faith and in an awesome way, the mysteries of God are made progressively plainer to us.
How do we come to God? Through Jesus Christ. For the fullness of the Godhead dwells in him bodily. In Christ, faith-propelled obedience unlocks understanding. No tradition can ever supersede or take the place of the uncompromising Word of God.
Warmest thoughts and prayers,