Over the next couple of weeks I will be posting a number of excerpts from the Good Book Company’s new booklet Experiencing God: Finding true passion, joy, peace and rest in Christ. The first study focuses on Experiencing Christ and relates to 1 Colossians 1 v 24 – 2 v 1.
The Big Idea
Growing as a Christian means having a deeper experience of Christ based on a deeper understanding of Christ. It does not mean less emotion, new revelations or new experiences.
Some people think growing as a Christian means moving on from emotional experiences to a calmer, more knowledge-based approach. Others believe growing as a Christian means discovering new experiences. Still others believe growing as a Christian means acquiring new, advanced insights or spiritual techniques.
But in Colossians Paul says we already have “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (1b27) and in Christ “are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (2b3). We do not move on from Christ. Instead we “continue” in Him (1 v23; 2v6). Growth means a growing understanding of what is already ours in Christ. This deeper understanding leads to a deeper experience of God in Christ.
Our relationship with God should affect every part of our being including our emotions. We should respond to God with joy, love, peace, assurance, confidence, and so on. New birth gives us a new desire for God, a hunger for his word and a love of His people.