THE EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE COLOSSIANS
Pleased to have you back again for more Daily Bread. As we continue our
study of this epistle from Paul, one interesting thing to note is that if
you were from Colosse, Paul didnít visit your city on any of his three
missionary journeys or on his journey to Rome, but someone else who learned
about Jesus from Paul, probably Epaphras, brought the Gospel to Colosse.
Notice that he writes with the same loving concern that he demonstrates in
the letters that he wrote to the people in cities that he met personally and
developed friendships with.
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I wish that you
knew what great emotion I have for you and for the people in Laodicea (a
city less than 10 miles from Colosse), and all those who I havenít met face
to face, that their hearts may be comforted (encouraged), being knit
together in love, and blessed with all riches (goodness) of the full
certainty of understanding, bringing acknowledgement of the mystery of God
(which is salvation through Jesus), and of the Father, and of Christ, in
whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
And this I say, in
case anyone should deceive you with nice-sounding words. Because even though
I am not there in the flesh, still, I am with you in spirit, rejoicing and
seeing your discipline, and your solid Faith in Christ. So then, as you have
accepted Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him, and
established in the Faith, as youíve been taught, abounding with
thanksgiving. Beware in case anyone spoil (ruin) you through philosophy and
vain deceit, following the tradition of men, after the principles of the
world and not after Christ.
Letís think of a
couple of examples of this, but first, a Daily Bread Crumb. What is
philosophy? Itís a theory. It is the belief(s), concept(s), and/or
attitude(s) of an individual or group.
EXAMPLE 1: The Big
Bang Theory, which is the philosophy that at some unknown time ago, there
was an explosion, which caused the universe to exist, the constellations to
form, the planets to find their places in space, the stars, the sun, the
moon, the earth, etc., to all operate the way they do, and your heart to
tick. Maybe some kind of accidental molecular collision or something like
that occurred, but the theory is that the source of the universe and
everything in it was anything but divine.
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EXAMPLE 2: The
Theory of Evolution, which is the philosophy that the universe, (including
human beings) was formed by generation after generation of developmental
changes of things adapting to their surrounding environment, and that every
living thing exists and possesses itís form and existence because of this
process. In other words, the credit of creation is given to cells, which
somehow know how to progress into humans, plants, planets, galaxies, etc. No
credit is given to God.
Okay, now youíve
got an idea of what men teach, so letís go back to Paulís letter. He says,
beware of the things that donít follow after what Christ teaches, because in
Him lives the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. The three are One because
in His body lives the divine nature of God, fully. He is the essence of, or
completely ... God!
And you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power (Titus,
Chapter 3, and Angels
Among Us). In Him also you are circumcised with the circumcision made
without hands, in ridding the body of the sins of the flesh by the
circumcision of Christ. Those sins are buried with Him in your baptism, and
in the same way, you are also risen with Him through the Faith of the power
of God, who has raised Him from the dead.
And you, being
dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive,
together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses. He erased the
handwriting of ordinances (the commandments, the Old Testament, or the old
promise), that was against us, which was contrary (incompatible) to us, and
took it out of the way, nailing it to the cross, and having spoiled
(destroyed) principalities and powers, He made a show (mockery) of them for
all to see, triumphing over them in it.
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To explain this
further, we were trapped in our sins in the Old Covenant. The devil and his
associates thought they had it made because it was next to impossible to
make enough sacrifice for your sins. Can you imagine, a lamb for every time
anyone had a foul thought? Now how about each person in the world. There
just aint enough sheep. Well, when God sacrificed Jesus for our sins (think
about that, God traded His Son for the forgiveness of our sins), He opened
the doors to Heaven for us. This was a major defeat for the devil, and with
salvation available to the Gentiles as well as the Jewish people, it was an
extreme setback for evil. The devil, working through the Jewish people,
thought that crucifying Jesus would be a victory, when in fact, when Jesus
was lifted up on the cross, our sins were lifted up out of our souls. Jesus
took our sins with Him (John
Back to Paulís
teaching now. So, donít let anyone judge what you eat or drink, or in
respect of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days (feast
days) which are a shadow (see
of things to come, because you are of Christ (these things are all things
observed in the Old Covenant, but being of Christ is being of the New
Next Paul warns the Colossians of something that still goes on today.
Many think that they are unworthy to request audience with God directly, so
they implore mediation from angels or dead saints. This is not TRUTH.
So, if youíre dead
with Christ from the principles (rules, laws) of the world, why, as though
living in the world, are you subject to (controlled by, accountable for)
laws (such as touch not; taste not; handle not; which all are to perish with
the using) after the commandments and teachings of men? Which things have
indeed a show of wisdom in will-worship, and humility, and neglecting of the
body; not in any honor to the satisfying of the flesh.
Canít wait to share Chapter 3 with you. You know where, right here at Daily
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