verses for this week: Rom 8:38 For
I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor
principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Rom 8:39 Nor height,
nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from
the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
In chapter one last week, we saw Paul giving his salutation to
those in the church there in Colosse.
He taught a number of excellent points, including the Mystery
of how Christ died for not only the Jews but also for the Gentiles.
The Godhead Incarnated in Christ
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;
Paul had a
great desire that these Christians at Colosse and Laodicea might
know what great conflict that he had for those there in the church. When you think of conflict, you think of either an
outward battle, or one that is waged inside a person.
It can be fightings without, or fightings within.
Here Paul speaks of his inward struggle.
Paul was a man who believed in prayer, and he had really
prayed in a great way for this group.
This wrestling that Paul went through really had caused him
conflict and he wanted them to know how important they were to the
cause of Christ. Every
Christian is unique and is important to the Lord. We have studied how that God sets the members in the
body as it pleases Him.
That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in
love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to
the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of
In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
always encouraging and exhorting the brethren on in the work of the
Lord, and here his main concern is that they might have their hearts
comforted and established.
He wanted them to understand the mystery of Jesus Christ.
1 Timothy 3:16 And without
controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in
the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto
the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
study God’s Word, it is clear that all of the hidden treasures of
wisdom and knowledge are contained in Jesus Christ.
Try to seek wisdom outside of Christ, and you find a
difficult path with no rewards.
The true treasures are hidden, and can only be found in
Christ. They do not lie
on the surface, but must be sought out with serious study and
prayer. When we
seek earnestly, we can find the hidden treasures that make life
worth living. We are commanded to meditate on the scriptures,
and let them fill our minds.
2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither
have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath
prepared for them that love him. 10 But God hath revealed them unto
us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep
things of God.
Paul Warns of Enticing Words
And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing
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.
We know that
the world is full of false teachers, and we had better beware of
people who speak smoothly and with manipulating words.
The devil is the master of taking half a verse and using it
out of context to mislead the weak Christian.
False teachers can be spotted by the fact that their
teachings are not in harmony with the whole Word of God.
And we must have a thorough knowledge of the bible in order
to notice these small things that don’t line up with other
was a man of simple words, and like our Lord Jesus, he taught with
clarity and simplicity.
1 Corinthians 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of
man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
McGee said this about teaching with enticing words:
He is going to deal with the matter of philosophy and
enticing words. Philosophy and psychology have been substituted for
the Bible, and this is the thing that is enticing to so many young
preachers in our seminaries today. I am amazed to find that some of
these men with a Ph.D. degree from a seminary know so little about
the Bible! They know all about Bultmann and Kant and Plato, but they
don’t seem to know very much about the Word of God. That is the
great problem of our day.
was that same danger in Colosse and also in Laodicea. I think that
is what actually killed the church in Colosse, and it made the
church in Laodicea the weakest of the seven churches in Asia Minor.
It was in the worst spiritual condition, and yet the people thought
that they were well off. These cities were wealthy. They boasted of
their wealth and affluence and also of their knowledge, but they
were blind to their true spiritual condition.
Paul says, “Don’t let any man beguile you with enticing
words.” Beguile means “to victimize.” Enticing
words are a lot of oratory or sweet-talk.
heard of a theologian who uses big words and tries to be very deep
in his thinking. He was talking to a group of men for about half an
hour. Another man walked up to the group and asked one of the men on
the outside of the circle, “What’s he talking about?” The
fellow answered, “He hasn’t said yet.” That is the
problem—he never would say. All he did was talk with enticing
words. I know a dear
lady who attends a certain church because, as she says, “I just
love to go there because the preacher uses such flowery language and
he makes me feel so good all over.” That is the danger today. A
great many people love this pretense toward intellectuality among
preachers rather than the simple Word of God.
started preaching before I went to college, and then in college I
was exposed to liberalism because I went to a liberal college. That
was all I knew at that time; I was not grounded in the Word of God
at all, even though I had had a wonderful pastor. I thought I wanted
to be an intellectual preacher—I thought that would be great. I
thank God that that was knocked out of me in my second year of
college. I became concerned with teaching the Word of God.
warns us to beware that they will beguile us with enticing words and
will victimize us. Their words cause many people to follow a certain
individual instead of the Word of God. Like the Pied Piper of
Hamlin, he starts playing, and the unwary start following.
that they sought after truth due to their stedfastness of faith in
Jesus Christ. We must
have faith to please God as it says over in Hebrews chapter 11.
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh
to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them
that diligently seek him.
As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk
ye in him:
Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as
ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
we come to know Christ as our Lord and Savior, we should put on the
new man and walk after the pattern of Jesus Christ.
These Colossians had received Christ by simple faith, and
without conformity to Jewish ritual.
Paul encourages them to continue as they had commenced.
Galatians 3:1-3 O
foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey
the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set
forth, crucified among you? 2 This only would I learn of you,
Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of
faith? 3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now
made perfect by the flesh?
been rooted in Christ and needed to be continually built up in Him
and established in the faith. Like
you and I, they had been taught the truth and needed to abound in it
McGee said this about being rooted in Christ.
“Rooted” means rooted like a tree, and a tree is
a living thing. And we are to be “built up” as a house. A house
is not a living thing, but it requires a tremendous foundation. Paul
tells us in Ephesians that the foundation is Jesus Christ. Having
received Christ, we are to walk in Him. Doing what? Being rooted,
drawing our life from Him as a tree, and built up in Him, your faith
resting upon Him. 
Warning Against Philosophy
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.
For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
Paul mean by using the word “Spoil”?
I think he is speaking of being carried off as a captive and
a slave. What brings us
under bondage? It is
sin. Sin of any sort of
like a ball and chain that keeps us pulled down.
Paul tells the to not be spoiled by philosophy, vain deceit,
after the tradition of men, or the rudiments of this world.
We should seek after Christ, and Him alone.
Completeness Is In Christ
And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all
principality and power:
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:
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.
And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of
your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you
of the “In Him” instances there are in these verses.
In Him dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
In verse 10, we are made complete “in Him”.
Verse 12 speaks of us being buried with Him in baptism, and
in verse 13, we are quickened together with Him.
You … hath he quickened:
God gave them new (spiritual) life.
Handwriting of Ordinances Nailed to His Cross
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;
And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show
of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
for all that Jesus did when he died for us on Calvary.
It is important that we remember that not only were our sins
nailed to that Cross, but the ordinances against us were nailed to
that cross also. Some
falsely teach that the 10 commandments and tithing were eliminated
when Christ died on the cross, but all of these commandments were
for our good. And
the ordinance of tithing was never against us the way the law was,
but it was made to bless man. Of
course we don’t follow rules in order to have our salvation….
Jesus fulfilled the law on the cross, but we follow
the commandments to honor God, and to have a happy and
tithing, here are two excellent verses showing that tithing is good
for us and causes us to receive spiritual blessings.
Honour the LORD with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all
thine increase: 10 So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy
presses shall burst out with new wine.
Malachi 3:10 10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may
be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of
hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you
out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.
His atonement for sin made a show of Satan and his demons and
triumphed over them.
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:
Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of
Christ’s victory on Calvary and His resurrection from the grave,
the law was taken out of the way.
Therefore, no man can judge us in meats, drink, or in respect
of an holy day, the new moon, or of the sabbath days.
These things mentioned were simply a shadow of things to
Paul Warns Against False Sects
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,
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.
them to not let any man beguile them of their just reward. There appears to have been false teachers telling them
to worship angels, and there is no scripture anywhere that teaches
us to do this. One
large denomination teaches that we should worship and pray through
Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ.
While we all know Mary was perhaps the greatest woman living
at the time, she was just that. A good woman chosen by God to become Christ’s mother.
We are to pray to God, through the name of Jesus Christ.
Worshipping Mary makes no more sense than for us to choose
some man like Paul or John the Baptist.
But Paul said to follow him as he followed Jesus Christ.
Our eyes should be fixed on Jesus Christ, and HE and HE alone
should come our worship and dedication.
Some apparently taught that they had visions, and we have
many self proclaimed prophets today saying God told them special
revelations that we should follow.
But the Word of God is finished, there will be no new Word
from the Lord except by prophesying from the written Word of God.
We are to seek God through His Word and through prayer, and
to wait for Jesus to come and take us out of this old world.
1 Th 1:9
For they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we
had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the
living and true God;
Th 1:10 And to wait for
his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which
delivered us from the wrath to come.
1 Cor 13:8
Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they
shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether
there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
1 Cor 13:9
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
1 Cor 13:10
But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in
part shall be done away.
them that the things these false teachers claimed was carnal. Jesus is the one with the truth, and He is the head and body
of the church.
Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the
world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to
(Touch not; taste not; handle not;
Which all are to perish with the using;) after the
commandments and doctrines of men?
Which things have indeed a show of wisdom in will worship,
and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the
satisfying of the flesh.
Christ died on the cross, he paid for our sins. When we accept Him as our Savior, we die to the old man and
are born again and the new man is to walk in newness of life.
We are to be separated from the things of the world mentioned
in the above verses. We
are dead in Christ to the rudiments of this world.
God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer
therein? 3 Know ye not,
that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized
into his death? 4
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as
Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even
so we also should walk in newness of life.
But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord
Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the
Paul told the Galatians that he was crucified unto
the world. That is how
we should be, living each day for the honor of God as pilgrims just
passing through, awaiting our new home in heaven.
John 17:15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of
the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
16 They are not of the world, even as I am
not of the world.
of the commands mentioned about touch not, taste not, handle not…
these were all commands that Christians do not have to be concerned
about today. These
things were after the commands of men.
And following those things may satisfy the flesh, but only
God can give us that peace that passes all understanding.
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