So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Paul explained the doctrine of Grace. He had a way of expressing things that got to the root of the matter, dividing one thing from another, by means of the Word and the Spirit. He often captured complicated things in such a way as to express and administer them to people so that there could be understanding of what was being taught so that people could come to the same place of agreement in faith concerning subjects as he had.
In speaking to the church at Colossae, Paul laid out the way of Grace through faith. Grace is the enablement of God, and faith is God’s gift.
When we consider the children of Israel, it says they perished in the wilderness because they did not mix their promises with faith. Although they had faith, they did not choose to use the free gift of God, and so enter into His Rest.
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See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.
Colossians 2:8 NIV
You see, we are not of this world, if we will only believe.
This world consists of the things that can be seen, can be touched, can be handled. Hence, Paul writes of the rules and restrictions of this earthly life that we are no longer subject to, calling them, “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!” (Colossians 2:21). These are the ordinances of this life, and have no bearing on the life of a Christian, having no proper benefit to any man, ultimately.
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See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.
Our English word Philosophy comes nearly directly from the Greek, “philosophia”. It is a compound word made up of two Greek words, “Philo”, which is the affectionate love for something, and Sophia, meaning wisdom. Quite plainly, “philosophy” means “love of wisdom”. It is a love of thought, rational thinking and the laying out of things, and ordered structural analysis.
While this might sound very noble and the very thing a Christian would want, and in some capacity, it may be, Paul warns directly of being taken captive by it.
So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.
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Truly I say to you, among those born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist! Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.
Somewhere, we have picked up some really heinous ideas and called them wisdom. Take John… He lived in the wilderness his whole life, fasting and praying, and preparing for Messiah. He was to be the messenger, and he was to prepare the way for Jesus, so through him, all the world might be saved. This was his mission, his job, and he knew it. He knew it so well, that when Jesus’ “ministry” started to outshine his own, he didn’t even care.
And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
In Exodus 33:15, Moses told God “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here.” This is the heart of the church. If God does not show up, us meeting is little more than a social club.
Colossians 2:8 points out a key distinction between the Christian church and everything else. Does what we do depend on human tradition and the basic principles of this world, or does it depend on Christ? Focus on the word “Depends”. Think about that word. Everything must be built upon on something. If that ‘something’ fails or changes, or if it shifts or even disappears, your structure comes breaks or even crashing down in. That is how it should be with our churches.
The church is not a building, it is His people coming together. Read more…