DELIVERED FROM FALSE PATHS
I. DELIVERED FROM LEGALISM
II. DELIVERED FROM MYSTICISM
III. DELIVERED FROM ASCETICISM
The reality is this: “in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form,” and in him we have been made full (2:9, 10). But we can lose the benefits of that fullness very easily. We can fall to legalism and its attendant self-righteousness, joylessness, and judgmentalism. We can succumb to mysticism and develop a proud, elitist spirit which contributes nothing to true worship. We can get into asceticism, thinking it will make us more holy, when actually it will feed our flesh.
The answer to legalism is the continual realization of the grace of Christ. The answer to mysticism is an understanding of how profoundly we are related to Christ. The answer to asceticism is the reckoning that we have died, been buried, and are resurrected with Christ. The answer is where it all began: at the foot of the Cross.
I have seen in my own life and the lives of those I have counseled that there is a tendency to move away from where we had our beginning: the Cross. All of our theology, all of our preaching, all of our singing hymns together, the disciplines of life experienced in family and relationships are meant to keep us right at the foot of the Cross—simply drinking long and deep from the Fountainhead, Jesus Christ.