08/20/21 THE WORD
Scripture: Colossians 2
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READ and STUDY the WORD
Freedom From Human Regulations Through Life With Christ
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.
“May you and I stay focused on Christ.” <>< Dona