Verse of the Day – Sep. 15, 2023

Verse of the Day – Sep. 15, 2023

September 15, 2023 – Friday

Colossians 2:23   NIV

23 Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.

Colossians 2:23   NET

23 Even though they have the appearance of wisdom with their self-imposed worship and humility achieved by an unsparing treatment of the body—a wisdom with no true value—they in reality result in fleshly indulgence.

Colossians 2:23   RGT

23 These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom and of voluntary religion and humbleness of mind and of not sparing the body but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.

Colossians 2:23   NKJV

23 These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.

Comments

Yesterday, we looked at Colossians 2:18, the only other verse with false humility in it. Today’s verse is the only other verse with it, although not all translations as you may observe above. Both the NIV and the NKJV call it out as false humility while both the NET and the RGT (Revised Geneva Translation) do not. The NET has the appearance of wisdom with their self-imposed worship and humility achieved by an unsparing treatment of the body—a wisdom with no true value shows its humility is a false humility. The RGT is very similar in its treatment with an appearance of wisdom and of voluntary religion and humbleness of mind and of not sparing the body but are of no value indicating the humbleness is false. 

Today our verse begins with Such regulations or These things or Even though they have point to an earlier verse. Let’s begin with verse 18 from yesterday though verse 23 for today for context as verse 23 is the concluding verse for this chapter. You may look at all four versions side by side, but below we have the NKJV 

18 Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase that is from God.

20 Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations— 21 “Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,” 22 which all concern things which perish with the using—according to the commandments and doctrines of men? 23 These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.

From verse 18 through 22 Paul is criticizing legalism, beginning with those individuals who are puffed up by his fleshly mind and ending with this indictment, all the do nots (v21) are nothing more than the commandments and doctrines of men not of or from God. Paul could have ended there but hammers the point home with These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom, only the appearance of wisdom not the real thing. Not even in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body. Do not be fooled by such behavior for they are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.

Guzik remarks, All such legalistic rules may have an appearance of wisdom, but they have no real value. Legalism doesn’t restrain the flesh; it feeds the flesh in a subtle, powerful way. Then quotes Bruce, In fact, the most rigorous asceticism can coexist with insufferable spiritual pride, one of the subtlest and most intractable of the ‘works of the flesh. For us older folks, most of us have seen this from time to time or have even recognized it in our own thoughts and behavior. 

Bottom Line: Let us not keep a checklist justifying ourselves, but instead living to honor and glorify Jesus.

Prayer: Almighty God, Help us to always look into our own hearts to ensure we are honoring You and Your Son, not ourselves. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

RileyD, nwJ      

Riley D. Driver – Pastor         

 Calvary Chapel of Dayton    

in Beavercreek