Ministering the truth to a congregation is not easy. It is often a great struggle accompanied by conflict and disagreements with those who would stifle the truth for their own purposes. The Apostle Paul bears witness to how difficult a preaching ministry is:
I want you to know how hard I am contending for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally (Colossians 2:1).
In the next two verses Paul explains what is on the line and why He is struggling so hard:
My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (Colossians 2:2-3)
His goal is to bring this local congregation to maturity in Christ. They already know the gospel, but he wants to now reinforce it so that they never forsake it. He wants to “encourage them in heart” with the result that they are “united in love.” Love is essential to true Christianity. An apostate church is usually recognizable by the lack of love between its members. The experience of being “united in love” results in “full riches of complete understanding,” between congregants as well as a deepening of their relationship with God. The more that Christians mature in this love and in understanding, the more they come to comprehend “the mystery of God,” which is “Christ.” Indeed, the whole Bible is about Jesus. Jesus is the key to how the problem of sin in the world can be solved. One must increase in their understanding of Jesus in order to increase in wisdom. For in Him “are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”