By Todd Tomasella
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Is this undue emphasis upon spiritual phenomena not drawing the affections of God's people away from loving Christ, the nail-scarred risen Savior? Paul, a real apostle of Jesus, brooded jealously over the Church of Jesus Christ, and told us that deceivers "beguile" by "not holding (elevating & exalting) the Head", Jesus Christ, but rather they intercept the affections of God's people, diverting them to something (anything) other than the very Person of the LORD Jesus Christ. (Col. 2:4,8,18-19) The enemy has many diversionary tactics in his arsenal and few are more subtle a test than this one. The use of supposed moves of God (subjective, Asuza, Brownsville, Toronto, etc.) from the past and the expectation for a coming "glory" seems to me to be an incredibly subtle method of what we are warned about in Colossians 2. Paul "determined" to exalt the living Word, Jesus Christ, and nothing else. (1 Cor. 2:2; Gal. 6:14) Is it not our highest privilege to know Him and rejoice that we know Him and have our names written in Heaven? (Jer. 9:23-24; Lk. 10:20)
Never forget that the chief purpose of the Holy Scriptures is to reveal and exalt the One who made all things then came and shed His very own blood for those He made in His holy image. Jesus Christ is the eternal and living Word of the Father. See Jn 1:4,10,17, Jn. 17:3; Col. 1:16-17; Heb. 1:2-3, 11:3; Rev. 1:8, etc. Any and all leaders, who do not unceasingly point you to the Person of Jesus Christ through His eternal truth, are misleading you into the ditch of eternal damnation.
"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 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God." Colossians 2:8-10, 18-19
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