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Paul's Warning

John Collins05/11/2012
In Colossians 2, Paul gives a solemn warning to the church

He said that now that we have received the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we were to "walk in Him."  We were to be rooted fast and solid like a tree, and established in the faith, just as we were taught.  We were to be abounding in thanksgiving to Jesus Christ.

He warns to make sure that no man takes you captive by his own philosophy and empty deceit.  No man should create a new human tradition for the church that was based on the elemental spirits of the world instead and not according to Jesus Christ.  

Paul said that in Christ, the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily.  We have been filled with Him, and He is now our head.  Christ is all of our rule and authority, not man.  Through Christ, we were circumcised, but not by hands.  We have been Circumcised with the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with him.  We were buried in baptism and raised through faith by the power of God who raised Christ from the dead.  Paul said that Christ disarmed these deceitful rulers and authorities by putting them in open shame.  He triumphed over them.

Paul said that Christ cancelled and completely blotted out, wiping away the bond we were under by the Law, along with its legal decree.  He eliminated all which was in force and hostile to us.  This was Law, with its regulations, decrees, and demands were set aside by Christ by nailing it to the cross.

Paul continues to warn about Gnosticism.  He says to let no man call you unworthy with questions of food or drink.  Do not listen when a man tells us there is a specific event coming with a new moon or Sabbath or one of the festivals.  

He continues speaking out against Gnosticism by warning us not to let any man disqualify your faith.  Do not listen when men are insisting on asceticism, or the denial of worldly things to bring forth spiritual things.  

Paul warns us about Gnostic men who worship angels, and are "going on" in detail about their visions.  Paul said these men are "puffed up" without reason by their own sensuous minds.  He said that these men are not holding fast to their Head (Christ).  He said that these men are not holding fast to the whole body of Christ, which should be nourished and knit together through all joints and ligaments.  The body of Christ grows from a growth that is from God.

Paul asked that if you died with Christ to the elemental spirits of the world, why do we submit to these regulations of men?  Do not handle, do not taste, do not touch?  These things have the appearance of wisdom by promoting self-made religion.  But these things were dangerous, promoting asceticism and would sever the body of Christ.

Paul said these things are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Are we rooted solid with Christ, or the doctrine of a man?  Are we established in the faith, walking around in thanksgiving to Christ who died for us?  Have we let a man tell us of the way that we should live our lives in the flesh, creating a new tradition?  Do we let these deceitful rulers have power over us when through Christ we triumph over them?  Have we fallen into Gnostic teachings that disqualify our faith by men who tell us not to drink wine -- when the Bible itself gives proverbs that allow it?  Do we listen to men that insist we deny ourselves worldly things so that they can bring forth spirits?  

Do we listen to men who say they have angels and are "going on" about their own visions?  Do we not know that these men are "puffed up" without reason by their own sensuous minds?  Do we hold on fast to our Head (Christ), or do we hold fast to these men?  Do we listen when they sever the body of Christ by telling us to "Come out from them!"