The book of Colossians is an epistle written to encourage Christians to follow the Word of God and not be led astray by false teachings.
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Paul’s Concern for Colossae
Paul wrote the epistle with the intent of providing hope for true believers and combating the Greek philosophy that was being heavily pushed at the time. Chapter 2 of Colossians expressed the growing concern that Paul had for the people of Colossae because of the growing number of false prophets.
Paul’s Encouraging Words
Paul wrote of his gratitude to those who were being true to God’s Word. He asked that believers during this time band together and love one another. He said Christians should rejoice in the mystery of God and be assured that Jesus Christ died in order to save mankind.
Paul Warns the Colossians
In Colossians Chapter 2, Paul also delved into the heresy that was being spread about Jesus Christ at the time. He warned the people of Colossae to be careful of those who come to spread falsehoods about the Lord. These people only had their self-interest in mind and they were out to manipulate the minds of the weak.
He also told the people to beware of worshiping idols, angels and of not following the word of God the way that it was intended.
Living in Christ
He also reminded them that the death of Christ had made them complete and that to be baptized means that they were born again. This rebirth means that they answer to a higher power and should not be considered with the laws made of man.
These laws had no value and are not aligned to the commandments given by God. Paul told the people at Colossae that they should not be moved by people who mock their religion or judge them based on the commandments that they chose to keep. All things should be through Christ and of no concern with man.
Colossans 2 (King James Version)
1 For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.
5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.
6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.