Scripture: Colossians 2

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READ and STUDY the WORD

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Freedom From Human Regulations Through Life With Christ

Colossians 2:1-23 (WEB) 1 For I desire to have you know how greatly I struggle for you, and for those at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; that their hearts may be comforted, they being knit together in love, and gaining all riches of the full assurance of understanding, that they may know the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden. Now I say this that no one may delude you with persuasiveness of speech. For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in the spirit, rejoicing and seeing your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.  As therefore you received Christ Jesus, the Lord, walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him, and established in the faith, even as you were taught, abounding in it in thanksgiving.  Be careful that you don’t let anyone rob you through his philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the elements of the world, and not after Christ. For in Him all the fullness of the Deity dwells bodily, 10 and in Him you are made full, who is the head of all principality and power. 11 In Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, in the putting off of the body of the sins of the flesh, in the circumcision of Christ, 12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.  13 You were dead through your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh. He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 wiping out the handwriting in ordinances which was against us. He has taken it out of the way, nailing it to the cross. 15 Having stripped the principalities and the powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.  16 Let no one therefore judge you in eating, or in drinking, or with respect to a feast day or a new moon or a Sabbath day, 17 which are a shadow of the things to come; but the body is Christ’s. 18 Let no one rob you of your prize by self-abasement and worshiping of the angels, dwelling in the things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19 and not holding firmly to the Head, from whom all the body, being supplied and knit together through the joints and ligaments, grows with God’s growth.  20 If you died with Christ from the elements of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to ordinances, 21 “Don’t handle, nor taste, nor touch” 22 (all of which perish with use), according to the precepts and doctrines of men? 23 These things indeed appear like wisdom in self-imposed worship, humility, and severity to the body; but aren’t of any value against the indulgence of the flesh.

Questions and Answers:

1. What did Paul want the Colossians to know (Colossians 2:1)? Paul wanted the Colossian believers to know how much he had struggled for them and for those at Laodicea and for all who had not met him personally.

2. Why did he want them to know this (Colossians 2:2a)? Paul wanted them to know so that their hearts might be comforted.

3. In whom did Paul say all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge were hidden (Colossians 2:2b-3) All treasures of wisdom and knowledge were hidden in both the Father and Christ.

4. Why did Paul say he had told them these things (Colossians 2:4)? Paul had told them these things so they wouldn’t be easily deceived by persuasiveness of speech.

5. Though Paul wasn’t physically present with them what did he say he was doing (Colossians 2:5)? Paul said he was present with them in spirit.  And he was rejoicing because of their order and steadfastness of their faith in Christ.

6. What did Paul encourage the Colossian believers to do (Colossians 2:6-8a)?  Paul encouraged them to walk in Christ Jesus.  To be rooted and built up in the Lord and established in the faith. To abound in thanksgiving.  To be careful that they didn’t let anyone rob them with philosophy and vain deceit which depended on human traditions and the basic principles of the world rather than on Christ.

7. In whom was all the fullness of the Deity dwelling (Colossians 2:8b-9)? The fullness of the Deity dwells bodily in Christ.

8. In whom are we made full and of what is He the head (Colossians 2:10)? We are made full in Christ and He is the head of all principality and power.

9. What kind of circumcision do believers receive (Colossians 2:11-12)? We are not circumcised with a circumcision made with hands, but the putting off of the body of the sins of the flesh, which is the circumcision of Christ.  We’ve been buried with Him in baptism.  We were also raised with Christ through the faith in the working of God, who raised Christ from the dead.

10. What did Christ do for us (Colossians 2:13-15)? We were dead through our trespasses and the uncircumcision of our flesh.  Then Christ made us alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our trespasses.  He wiped out the ordinances which were against us.  He took them and nail them to the cross. He disarmed the principalities and powers and made a public spectacle of them, and triumphed over them by the cross.

11. Who did Paul say the Colossians were not to let judge them (Colossians 2:16-23)? Paul said let no one judge them.

HEAR the WORD

Colossians 2:16-23 16 Let no one therefore judge you in eating, or in drinking, or with respect to a feast day or a new moon or a Sabbath day, 17 which are a shadow of the things to come; but the body is Christ’s. 18 Let no one rob you of your prize by self-abasement and worshiping of the angels, dwelling in the things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19 and not holding firmly to the Head, from whom all the body, being supplied and knit together through the joints and ligaments, grows with God’s growth.  20 If you died with Christ from the elements of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to ordinances, 21 “Don’t handle, nor taste, nor touch” 22 (all of which perish with use), according to the precepts and doctrines of men? 23 These things indeed appear like wisdom in self-imposed worship, humility, and severity to the body; but aren’t of any value against the indulgence of the flesh.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  As you grow in your Christian faith, let God’s Word be your guide, not the opinions of other people.

MEMORIZE the WORD

Colossians 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.

Colossians 2:9-10 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Don’t let anyone judge you.  You are accountable to Christ.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

Others should be able to recognize by our words and actions whether we’re Christians or not.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will encourage one another and be united in love, so that we may have the full riches of complete understanding. So that we may know Your mystery, namely Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Colossians 2:2-3). Lord, I pray we will continue to live in Christ, rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith and overflowing with thankfulness (Colossians 2:6-7).  Lord, I pray we will discern truth from lies (Colossians 2:8).  Thank You Lord for making us alive in Christ.  Thank You for forgiving us all our sins and nailing them to the cross (Colossians 2:13-15). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I stay focused on Christ.” <>< Dona