Colossians 2

Now with a chapter in preparation, Paul will give the reason for his writing.  He gave the essential ingredients of the gospel (1:12-23) and then he defended his authority (1:24-2:3), having laid this foundation Paul is ready to attend to the reason for this correspondence.  The false teaching that threatens the faith of those in Colossia.  

To this point in the main body of his letter, Paul has reminded his readers of the essential ingredients of the gospel (1:12-23) they first heard from Epaphras (1:6-7), and has defended his authority to admonish and teach his readers in its light (1:24–2:3). Having laid this foundation, the apostle is now ready to attend to the situation that has occasioned his correspondence–the false teaching that threatens the faith of the Colossian believers.

 

 

You see that some of the teachers in Colosse were false teachers, they were teaching worldly principles and human traditions. Paul responds to this theological error in 2:9-15 by restating two central claims about Christ on which this congregation’s faith has been properly constructed: (1) Christ is the fullness of the Deity . . . in bodily form (2:9; compare 1:19), and (2) he is the head over every power and authority (2:10; compare 1:18, 20). On this christological tradition (rather than human traditions) the community can participate with Christ in God’s forgiveness of their sins (2:11-15).

We tend to have a worldly view instead of a Christ view. It isn’t as important to listen to those who have advance degrees especially if they are speaking false teachings. You see those who attend our universities and advance degree programs – get a worldly view. The liberal progressive teachers will tell you that the bible is just one way of teaching. It isn’t the only truth. It is important to know what you believe and why, but the vital part of knowing the Godly view is to have the vital relationship with Christ. With relationship Biblical faith is very concrete, rooted in the teachings and work of a person, Jesus of Nazareth, and embodied in personal and social relationships. Thus, when one’s understanding of Christian faith centers on a collection of elegant, even powerful ideas at the expense of an experience of God’s love, it quickly becomes an idolatry: the idea of God replaces a life-transforming relationship with the Lord.Paul is not against education; rather, he opposes a Christianity that elevates academic ideas about God above our spiritual relationship with God in Christ.

Paul is telling us that our relationship with Christ is what is important. “Paul’s Christianity is practical; decisions believers make about their spiritual well-being must be aimed toward getting into the proper place (“in Christ”), where God’s grace empowers growth and worship (see 2:7). Relying on carefully thought-out ideas or rules of abstinence rather than on what God has already accomplished for us in Christ is at least imprudent, because it imperils the present results of Christ’s work in us.”

I hope that you are in relationship with Christ, knowing Christ and teaching Christ is important, but having that personal relationship with him is so more important.

Christ died on a cross for our sins and because of that death, we are free to be in relationship with God, not through intermediaries but a direct and personal relationship with Christ.

Amen.thCAW42AJH

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