Book of Colossians - Colossians 2:1-23

Book of Colossians - Colossians 2:1-23

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Colossians 2:1-23 2

Wisdom in Christ (Colossians 2:1-3)

Col 2:1 For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and [for] as many as have not seen my face in the flesh,

Col 2:2 that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and [attaining] to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father3 and of Christ,

Col 2:3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

Not Philosophy but Christ (Colossians 2:4-10)

Col 2:4 Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words.

Col 2:5 For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your [good] order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.

Col 2:6 As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,

Col 2:7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.

Col 2:8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.

Col 2:9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily;

Col 2:10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

Not Legalism but Christ (Colossians 2:11-17)

Col 2:11 In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ,

Col 2:12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with [Him] through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.

Col 2:13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,

Col 2:14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

Col 2:15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

Col 2:16 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths,

Col 2:17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.

Not Religion but Christ (Colossians 2:18-23)

Col 2:18 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,

Col 2:19 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.

Col 2:20 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--

Col 2:21 "Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,"

Col 2:22 which all concern things which perish with the using--according to the commandments and doctrines of men?

Col 2:23 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.

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2New King James Bible. TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1982.

3Some Greek texts omit the phrase both of the Father and

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6Lacy Couch/CO-101 Introduction to Biblical Counseling, Tyndale Theological Seminary <>

7C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, 108-11 cited by Normal Geisler and Peter Bocchino, Unshakable Foundations (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 2001). , p. 337.

8C. H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening, March 6, evening.

9W.A., LVI, 371, 17 and 26 cited by Bernard M. G. Reardon, Religious Thought in the Reformation (London, England: Longman Group Ltd., 1995, 1981), p. 62.

10' The perfect is used less frequently... when it is used, there is usually a deliberate choice on the part of the writer. The force of the perfect tense is that it describes an event that, completed in the past (we are speaking of the perfect indicative here), has results existing in the present time (i.e., in relation to the time of the speaker). ... the perfect tense is used for 'indicating not the past action as such but the present state of affairs resulting from the past action.' Daniel B. Wallace, Greek Grammar Beyond The Basics (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1996), pp. 572-574.

12Martin Luther, “The Freedom of a Christian” in Martin Luther: Three Treatises (Philadelphia, PA: Fortress Press, 1957), p. 277. See 1Cor. 9:19; Rom. 13:8

13The Sabbath has always been and will always be Saturday. The appropriation of the term “Sabbath” to apply to Sunday is one sign of the confusion among Christians regarding the believer's relation to the Laws of Moses. Were all 613 nailed to the cross or not? If they were, why do pastors seek to place believers under bondage to the fourth commandment?

14"Stephen's sermon refers at least three times to the Old Testament angel of the Lord, usually regarded as the preincarnate Christ (Ac 7:30,Ac 7:35,Ac 7:38). In Ac 7:30-31, Stephen ascribes to the angel at the burning bush 'the voice of the Lord' (cf. Ac 7:35,Ac 7:37-38) and applies the Old Testament 'angel of the Lord' to the New Testament Christ." Mal Couch, A Bible Handbook to the Acts of the Apostles (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1999). , p. 187. "As the church fathers had already recognized [among later scholars we mention Calvin, Hengstenberg, Keil, Ebrard, Lange, and Stier], this is no less a person than the Son of God Himself, the Word... who appeared later in Christ." Erich Sauer, The Dawn Of World Redemption (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdman's Publishing Company, c1964, 1951), p. 103.

15William R. Estep, Renaissance & Reformation (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdman's Publishing Company, 1986), 115.

16Tim Dowley, Introduction To The History Of Christianity (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 1977), 213-214.

17Walvoord, John F., Roy B. Zuck, and Dallas Theological Seminary. The Bible Knowledge Commentary : An Exposition of the Scriptures, Col 2:22. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1983-c1985. Tony Garland ( Page 9 of 9