Colossians 2:16-3:4, July 04, 2019
Jesus Plus Nothing = Everything, Part 2
Review: Why become a Christian? What does one get out of becoming a Christian? Your answer?
2:4 Warning against false teachers deceive and seek to persuade. The deceive when they teach anything outside of Christ.
2:6-7 How Walk in Christ? 1) Live in faith, 2) Walk in Christ (Him), 3) Your faith rooted in Him alone, 4) built up in Him by building spiritual lives of success, 5) established or strengthened in the faith by those who will teach the truth and only the truth, and 6) a walk of thankfulness, overflowing with thankfulness – the more you learn the more the more you love Jesus for what He has done for you.
2:8 See to it is a command to be on the alert, constant alert for error and false teachings.
2:10: Avoid the heretical spiritual caste system where you become more complete as you achieve goals. Instead you have a total fullness in your possession as a believer in Christ, the head over every power and authority.
2:11-12 Circumcision & Baptism. Spiritual circumcision, not physical is what is important.
Romans 2:29a NIV
No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code.
2:29a No, a person is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is circumcision of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the written code. Spiritual baptism just as we have spiritual circumcision. in baptism literally reads in the baptism points to the one true baptism all believers receive at their conversion.
2:13-15 Forgiveness. There is no spiritual life apart from forgiveness.
Mark 11:25 when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Jesus paid the debt for our sins when He was nailed to the cross. Satan is a defeated foe as Jesus triumphed over him.
2:16-17 Legalism/Judgments. Five areas are mentioned. Food, what you eat, likely denotes Jewish dietary laws/regulations. Drink, what you drink, probably included the prohibition of wine and strong drink. Festivals, religious festivals or feasts, the three major feasts were Passover/Festival of Unleavened Bread, Festival of Harvest/Firstfruits, and Feast of Ingathering/Completion of Harvest. All Jewish males were to worship God in Jerusalem at each of these through the sacrificial system. New moon, a day of rest much like the Sabbath-Paul spoke against this in Galatians 4. The Sabbath Day which pointed to Saturday while Christians gathered on Sundays, the day on which Christ rose from the dead. Legalism was but a shadow and a shadow does not exist in and of itself. In real life you embrace the body not the shadow. Jesus is the reality.
2:18-19 False Teachers and Angel Worship. Such a teacher was marked by delight in self-abasement and the worship of angels. IF (big if) his humility was genuine he may believe he was unworthy to go directly to God, but it was still unnecessary and heresy. What they have seen was used to provide the an authority based on what they had experienced – beyond Jesus. This resulted in a puffed up status in their own eyes in their own spiritual mind with their experiences taking precedence over Christ. Angel worship demotes Christ. All heretical sects within professing Christendom either partially or totally deny the divine-human person of Christ and His redemptive death and bodily resurrection. They deny Christ as the head of the body – the church – and how He nourishes, unites, and increases the church.
2:20-23 Asceticism. You won’t find this word in your bibles, but consider its definition the doctrine or practice or belief that a person can attain a high spiritual and moral state by practicing self-denial, self-mortification. Asceticism often partners with legalism in humanistic religion. Such is simply unnecessary for believers. Legalists and ascetics always emphasize that spirituality is measured by an absence of prescribed sins rather than the presence of positive virtues. Consider 1 Timothy 4:3 They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. God created sex, food, and drink, as well as the desires to have them. Sin occurs through their abuse, not by their proper use. Believers partake, but are not to let these desires control their lives. Christ never imposed any form of asceticism on His followers.
1 Timothy 4:3 ESV
They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth.
True Doctrine Principles. How are we to live as Christians?
3:1 Setting our hearts on things above. Daily seeking of Christ while always acknowledging where He sits.
3:2-4 Setting our minds on things above. You, the believer, died at the moment of your salvation. Your life is hidden to the lost because the unsaved cannot understand the mystical identification with Christ. In our lives Christ is central. When/whenever Christ appears we will appear with Him.
Though the world will never be able to see the closeness of the inner relationship between believers and their Lord, the outward expression of this inner relationship, the glory, will one day become clear to all: When Christ (who is) our life is manifested, then you also will be manifested with Him in glory.
(Philippians, Colossians and Philemon, Grand Rapids, 1982, p112)