Wednesday, December 28, 2011

The purpose of "The Full Assurance of Understanding"

This is a Greek scholar by the name of John Eadie who wrote on Colossians 2:2. A very interesting take, and he justifies it by the way the Greek is set up. I found this to be quite a nugget of truth and wanted to share with everyone else:

"that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God’s mystery, that is, Christ Himself"  Col. 2:2 NASB

The full assurance of understanding” is the fixed persuasion that you comprehend the truth, and that it is the truth which you comprehend.
It is not merely the vivid belief, that what occupies the mind is the Divine verity, but that this verity is fully understood. The mind which has reached this elevation, is confident that it does not misconceive the statements of the gospel, or attach to them a meaning which they do not bear. Believing them to be of God, it is certain that it apprehends the mind of God in His message.

If a man possesses not this certainty-if the view he now cherishes differ from that adopted by him again-if what he holds to-day be modified or explained away to-morrow-if new impressions chase away other convictions, and are themselves as rapidly exiled in turn-if, in short, he is “ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth,” then such dubiety and fluctuation present a soil most propitious to the growth and progress of error. And as the mental energy is frittered away by such indecision, the mind becomes specially susceptible of foreign influence and impression.

It was the apostle's earnest desire that the Colossian church, and the members of the other churches referred to, should assuredly understand the new religion-its facts and their evidence-its doctrines and their connections-its promises and their basis-its precepts and their adaptation-its ordinances and their simplicity and power. The fixed knowledge of those things would fortify their minds against the seductive insinuations of false teachers, who mix just so much truth with their fallacies as often to give them the fascinations of honesty and candour, and who impose them as the result of superior enlightenment, and of an extended and advantageous research.

The mind most liable to be seduced is that which, having reached only an imperfect and onesided view, is continually disturbed and perplexed by opposite and conflicting ideas which from its position it is unable to reconcile, but is forced to wonder whether really it has attained to just conceptions of the truth. The traveller who has already made some progress, but who begins gradually to doubt and debate, to lose faith in himself, and wonder whether he be in the right way after all, is prepared to listen to the suggestions of anyone who, under semblance of disinterested friendship, may advise to a path of danger and ruin. No wonder that the apostle describes the value of the full assurance of understanding by his favourite term-“riches”-for it is a precious form of intellectual wealth, and no wonder that he yearns for the Colossian Christians to possess it in no scanty measure, but in all its opulence.

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