b. Colossians 2:2-3 “that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the … ” is important. Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. TITTMANN explains the Greek, "having a latent contrariety to us"; not open designed hostility, but virtual unintentional opposition through our frailty; not through any opposition in the law itself to our good ( Romans 7:7-12 Romans 7:14 , 1 Corinthians 15:56 , Galatians 3:21 , Hebrews 10:3 ). “It seems probable that the false teachers set a high value on circumcision, and urged it on the Colossians, not as indispensable to salvation, in which case Paul would have definitely attacked them on this point, but as conferring higher sanctity.” (Peake), iii. While seeming to deny self and the body, they really are pampering the flesh. Food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, : The Old Testament law had certain provisions that are done away with in Jesus, regarding such things as, – Jesus Christ – has come, we don’t need to. ). You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. Check to enable permanent hiding of message bar and refuse all cookies if you do not opt in. “The Greek word for ‘putting off’, a double compound, denotes both stripping off and casting away. But we cannot, since even Adam, in innocence, needed one amidst his earthly employments; therefore the sabbath is still needed and is therefore still linked with the other nine commandments, as obligatory in the spirit, though the letter of the law has been superseded by that higher spirit of love which is the essence of law and Gospel alike ( Romans 13:8-10 ). i. Paul doesn’t say that circumcision and baptism are the same thing, but that circumcision is unnecessary for salvation because we are identified in Jesus and we are baptized to show that. There are few things more dangerous among Christians than spiritual pride and arrogance. There really was pride in this seeming humility. However, they cannot think that eating kosher or sabbath observance makes them any closer to God, and they cannot. The false teachers boasted of a higher wisdom in theory, transmitted by tradition among the initiated; in practice they enjoined asceticism, as though matter and the body were the sources of evil. dwells in Jesus, He cannot be a halfway God or a junior god. Demonic spirits only have power towards us that we grant them by believing their lies. "Are" is the predicate of the sentence; all the treasures ARE in Him; hidden is predicated of the state or manner in which they are in Him. a. : Most of the Colossian Christians were Gentiles who had never been physically circumcised. Nor does it signify much, whether we regard such as directly controlling us (the pagan view), or as only influencing the Supreme in our behalf (the Church of Rome's view); because he from whom I expect happiness or misery, becomes the uppermost object in my mind, whether he give, or only procure it [Cautions for Times]. acknowledgment--The Greek implies, "full and accurate knowledge." Christians don’t need to be circumcised, they need to be baptized. At the bottom line, legalism’s rules have no value in restraining the, of wisdom, but they have no real value. iii. He who does not hold Christ solely and supremely above all others, does not hold Him at all [BENGEL]. Compare "vainly," Colossians 2:18 . c. And you are complete in Him: This can only be true because Jesus is truly God. But at the ascension Satan and his demons were "judged" and "cast out" by Christ's obedience unto death ( John 12:31 , 16:11 , Hebrews 2:14 , Revelation 12:5-10 ), and the Son of man was raised to the throne of God; thus His resurrection and ascension are a public solemn triumph over the principalities and powers of death. Translate as the Greek, "The rules and authorities." is a general word for a handwritten document and has been understood in various ways. 4. The philosophy threatening the Colossian Christians was so dangerous because it was not obviously sinful and licentious. Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. in a voluntary humility--So "will-worship" ( Colossians 2:23 ). 6. A life that is centered on Jesus and what He did on the cross has no place for legalism. Compare the will-worship of Saul ( 1 Samuel 13:8-14 ) for which he was doomed to lose his throne. But if Paul had meant a fancied seeing, he would have used some qualifying word, as, "which he seemed to see," not "which he hath seen." Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. The shadow has passed, the reality has come. 3. 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, 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. . He is full of the "fulness" itself; we, filled from Him. Not only did they have wrong ideas about Jesus, but they also had wrong ideas about things like circumcision. a. True wisdom is, to keep close to the appointments of the gospel; in entire subjection to Christ, who is the only Head of his church. This danger was probably the cause of his writing to Laodicea, as well as to Colosse. (2-3) Paul’s specific concerns and goals in the spiritual conflict. : Paul wanted this because he was concerned about their, Attaining to all riches of the full assurance of the understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery. Some take it in a legal sense and say it represents the charges against a prisoner, or a confession of wrong made by a prisoner. : This is a perfect description of legalistic religion, defined more by what we, You died with Christ from the basic principles of the world. "Receiving ministration." However, they cannot think that eating kosher or sabbath observance makes them any closer to God, and they cannot judge another brother or sister who does not observe such laws. Taking delight in false humility and worship of angels: These aspects of false humility and the worship of angels were parts of the false teaching troubling the Colossian Christians. 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—“Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,” which all concern things which perish with the using—according to the commandments and doctrines of men? They were the ‘shadows’ that the approaching new age casts before it.” (Wright). The simple things of the Christian life provide continual and reliable spiritual fuel for growth. ALFORD translates, "(doctrinal) systems.". 2. Paul wrote in another place that if the rulers of this age – by which he meant both the spiritual powers of darkness and their earthly representatives – had known what would happen on the cross, they would have never crucified Jesus (1 Corinthians 2:8). Compare the three, 1 Chronicles 23:31 . When the substance was come, the shadows fled. He cautions them against false teachers among the Jews ( v. 4, v. 6, v. 7 ), and against the Gentile philosophy ( v. 8-12 ). It is therefore that lowliness which causes a man to think himself unworthy to come into fellowship with God, and therefore prompts to worship of the angels.” (Peake). enticing words--plausible as wearing the guise of wisdom and humility ( Colossians 2:18 Colossians 2:23 ). Therefore, Paul here declares Jesus’ authority over all spirit beings. Ye have received once for all the Spirit of life in Christ; carry into practice that life in your walk ( Galatians 5:25 ). Compare Colossians 2:16 , "meat . Apparently, they were being taught that they had to be circumcised to be right with God. Translate as Greek, "I wish you to know how great a conflict (the same Greek word as in Colossians 1:29 , "agony of a conflict" of fervent, anxious prayer; not conflict with the false teachers, which would have been impossible for him now in prison) I have for you." Compare 1 Corinthians 14:33 1 Corinthians 14:40 . And true believers cannot live in the fashions of the world. The public spectacle of defeated demonic spirits makes their defeat all the more humiliating. We always have to be reminded of the, : Paul used a curious combination of metaphors. knowledge." . Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. So for the Christian, all foods are pure (1 Timothy 4:4-5) and all days belong to God. Blotting out--Greek, "Having wiped out"; coincident in time with "having forgiven you" ( Colossians 2:13 ); hereby having cancelled the law's indictment against you. You can check these in your browser security settings. being--Translate as Greek in oldest manuscripts, "They being knit together." One ancient mode of cancelling bonds was by striking a nail through the writing: this seems at that time to have existed in Asia [GROTIUS]. Our identification with Jesus in both His death and resurrection (as mentioned before in Colossians 2:12) becomes the foundation for our Christian life, instead of our law-keeping.