Walk Just As You Were Taught
Colossians 2:6-15
Theme:  True spiritual life comes only through being connected to the incarnate Christ by faith...
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2012-08-24 15:11:54
2012-09-28 14:41:10
Theme: True spiritual life comes only through being connected to the incarnate Christ by faith in his death and resurrection This passage is a logical follow-on from 2:1-5, signified by the "Therefore" at the start of verse 6. In those five verses, Paul has testified to his diligence and passion in making the gospel known more fully to the Colossians and Laodiceans. He wanted them to reach "all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ" . He briefly alludes to the subject of false teaching in v. 4, mentioning "plausible arguments" by which they may be deluded - in fact, he states that part of his purpose in being so committed to gospel proclamation is to guard against such false teaching. So then, because of the great value of the gospel ,we are exhorted to go on in the faith in the same way we began. We should strive to remain rooted and built up and established in "Christ Jesus the Lord" , just as we were in the beginning. The challenge this implies is to avoid any influences that would lead us towards any tendency to abandon this foundation (v. 8) - in the Colossians' context, these influences were coming from a group of teachers who were proclaiming a message of 'wisdom' about God which consisted entirely in "human tradition" and "the elemental spirits of the world" , and not Jesus Christ. Paul's appeal to guard against being taken captive in v. 8 is followed in v. 9 with "For [...]" , which introduces a chain of thought which runs through the rest of the passage. This use of 'for' indicates that what follows is Paul's justification for the statement he's just made: 'Avoid being taken captive by this empty human philosophy, because... '. As we follow through verses 9-15 we find three separate yet related reasons for choosing to remain rooted and built up in the things we first heard rather than wandering away into new but deceptive teachings: We have fullness in Christ (vv. 9-10); We have been set apart by Christ (vv. 11-12); and We have been forgiven and made alive through Christ (vv. 13-15). The over-arching theme linking these is that of fullness in Christ: we already have all that we need in Jesus, so there is no need to go searching anywhere else for spiritual fulfilment. If we feel that the gospel is unsatisfying, it is because we've not understood it fully, not because it is lacking. These three points are filled out and explained below. 1. Stay rooted in Christ, because we have fullness in him. Paul's first point is to remind the Colossian church of Christ's supremacy - "the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily in Jesus" , and so logically we don't need to go anywhere else for this fullness. The false teachers were quite possibly claiming that their message revealed 'deeper' or more profound truths about God than were contained in Paul's gospel, and that if believers really wanted to experience God then they needed to add all of these new philosophies to what they had already learnt. Paul contradicts this by pointing out first that Jesus is the living embodiment of God himself (there can be no 'truer' revelation of God than what is found in Jesus), and secondly by reminding the Colossians that as believers, they "have been filled in him" . Not only does Jesus possess this fullness, but those who believe in him are given that fullness to know and to enjoy. Jesus is God's perfect revelation of himself, and as Christians we already enjoy that perfection - we have no need to go anywhere else! 2. Stay rooted in Christ, because we have been set apart by him. Paul secondly moves on to discusses Christians' circumcision - their baptism. He presents the fact that Christians have been figuratively 'circumcised' by "putting off the body of the flesh" as another reason to remain in Christ. Our baptism symbolises the fact that we have been set apart by God; we have left the old world and our old ways behind, and so there is no reason for us to submit to its ways any more. The implication is that the 'human philosophies' being peddled belong to a world to which we have now died. By reminding us that in Christ we have been set apart for a new life with God, Paul reminds us that these persuasive teachings all belong to a world that simply has no influence over us any more. 3. Stay rooted in Christ, because we have been forgiven and made alive through him. This is Paul's longest point, and so should receive the bulk of our attention. It builds on the previous section; in vv. 11-12 Paul describes our 'circumcision' through the "putting off the body of the flesh" and through our baptism, and in these verses Paul looks back a bit further in time to before our baptism, to what Jesus did for us when we were "dead in [our] trespasses and the uncircumcision of [our] flesh" (v. 13a). According to Paul, we were "dead" , and God "made [us] alive together with [Christ]" . We were spiritually dead, and God brought us to new life. Paul has alluded to this in v. 12, drawing on the imagery of baptism, but now he clarifies his meaning in vv. 13b-15 by linking our deadness with our sin. The phrase "having forgiven our trespasses" indicates the manner in which he made us alive, or the action which needed to take place before he could make us alive. The verses go on to give a brief theology of the cross, and description of what happened there. Principally, God "cancelled the record of debt that stood against us" - he wiped out all our guilt, and the penalties that our sins had incurred. It's as if our sins were all written on a large bill, listing them all with the penalties that they deserved, and that God took that bill and nailed it to the cross with Jesus, as a sign that Jesus' crucifixion was payment for all that debt. As a consequence, the spiritual "rulers and authorities" of this world were disarmed and put to shame, as the cross demonstrates God's incontrovertible victory over them all - at the cross, we see that sins have been entirely forgiven, and so Satan no longer has any power to accuse us. We should remain in Christ, as we were taught, because it is only in the cross of Jesus that we know forgiveness and life; to wander away from the cross is to wander away from the source of all our life. We cannot have spirituality apart from the cross, because the cross is its only true source. Human philosophies simply cannot deliver what they promise.
11345821114489 1345821112441 Notes 2012-08-24 15:11:54 2012-09-28 14:41:10 Theme: True spiritual life comes only through being connected to the incarnate Christ by faith in his death and resurrection This passage is a logical follow-on from 2:1-5, signified by the "Therefore" at the start of verse 6. In those five verses, Paul has testified to his diligence and passion in making the gospel known more fully to the Colossians and Laodiceans. He wanted them to reach "all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God's mystery, which is Christ" . He briefly alludes to the subject of false teaching in v. 4, mentioning "plausible arguments" by which they may be deluded - in fact, he states that part of his purpose in being so committed to gospel proclamation is to guard against such false teaching. So then, because of the great value of the gospel ,we are exhorted to go on in the faith in the same way we began. We should strive to remain rooted and built up and established in "Christ Jesus the Lord" , just as we were in the beginning. The challenge this implies is to avoid any influences that would lead us towards any tendency to abandon this foundation (v. 8) - in the Colossians' context, these influences were coming from a group of teachers who were proclaiming a message of 'wisdom' about God which consisted entirely in "human tradition" and "the elemental spirits of the world" , and not Jesus Christ. Paul's appeal to guard against being taken captive in v. 8 is followed in v. 9 with "For [...]" , which introduces a chain of thought which runs through the rest of the passage. This use of 'for' indicates that what follows is Paul's justification for the statement he's just made: 'Avoid being taken captive by this empty human philosophy, because... '. As we follow through verses 9-15 we find three separate yet related reasons for choosing to remain rooted and built up in the things we first heard rather than wandering away into new but deceptive teachings: We have fullness in Christ (vv. 9-10); We have been set apart by Christ (vv. 11-12); and We have been forgiven and made alive through Christ (vv. 13-15). The over-arching theme linking these is that of fullness in Christ: we already have all that we need in Jesus, so there is no need to go searching anywhere else for spiritual fulfilment. If we feel that the gospel is unsatisfying, it is because we've not understood it fully, not because it is lacking. These three points are filled out and explained below. 1. Stay rooted in Christ, because we have fullness in him. Paul's first point is to remind the Colossian church of Christ's supremacy - "the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily in Jesus" , and so logically we don't need to go anywhere else for this fullness. The false teachers were quite possibly claiming that their message revealed 'deeper' or more profound truths about God than were contained in Paul's gospel, and that if believers really wanted to experience God then they needed to add all of these new philosophies to what they had already learnt. Paul contradicts this by pointing out first that Jesus is the living embodiment of God himself (there can be no 'truer' revelation of God than what is found in Jesus), and secondly by reminding the Colossians that as believers, they "have been filled in him" . Not only does Jesus possess this fullness, but those who believe in him are given that fullness to know and to enjoy. Jesus is God's perfect revelation of himself, and as Christians we already enjoy that perfection - we have no need to go anywhere else! 2. Stay rooted in Christ, because we have been set apart by him. Paul secondly moves on to discusses Christians' circumcision - their baptism. He presents the fact that Christians have been figuratively 'circumcised' by "putting off the body of the flesh" as another reason to remain in Christ. Our baptism symbolises the fact that we have been set apart by God; we have left the old world and our old ways behind, and so there is no reason for us to submit to its ways any more. The implication is that the 'human philosophies' being peddled belong to a world to which we have now died. By reminding us that in Christ we have been set apart for a new life with God, Paul reminds us that these persuasive teachings all belong to a world that simply has no influence over us any more. 3. Stay rooted in Christ, because we have been forgiven and made alive through him. This is Paul's longest point, and so should receive the bulk of our attention. It builds on the previous section; in vv. 11-12 Paul describes our 'circumcision' through the "putting off the body of the flesh" and through our baptism, and in these verses Paul looks back a bit further in time to before our baptism, to what Jesus did for us when we were "dead in [our] trespasses and the uncircumcision of [our] flesh" (v. 13a). According to Paul, we were "dead" , and God "made [us] alive together with [Christ]" . We were spiritually dead, and God brought us to new life. Paul has alluded to this in v. 12, drawing on the imagery of baptism, but now he clarifies his meaning in vv. 13b-15 by linking our deadness with our sin. The phrase "having forgiven our trespasses" indicates the manner in which he made us alive, or the action which needed to take place before he could make us alive. The verses go on to give a brief theology of the cross, and description of what happened there. Principally, God "cancelled the record of debt that stood against us" - he wiped out all our guilt, and the penalties that our sins had incurred. It's as if our sins were all written on a large bill, listing them all with the penalties that they deserved, and that God took that bill and nailed it to the cross with Jesus, as a sign that Jesus' crucifixion was payment for all that debt. As a consequence, the spiritual "rulers and authorities" of this world were disarmed and put to shame, as the cross demonstrates God's incontrovertible victory over them all - at the cross, we see that sins have been entirely forgiven, and so Satan no longer has any power to accuse us. We should remain in Christ, as we were taught, because it is only in the cross of Jesus that we know forgiveness and life; to wander away from the cross is to wander away from the source of all our life. We cannot have spirituality apart from the cross, because the cross is its only true source. Human philosophies simply cannot deliver what they promise. notes
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2012-08-26 10:17:52
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Colossians 2:6-15
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Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord,
so walk in him,
rooted
and built up in him
and established in the faith,
just as you were taught,
abounding in thanksgiving.
ideaexplanation
actionmanner
See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit,
according to human tradition,
according to the elemental spirits of the world,
and not according to Christ.
progression
For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,
and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.
In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands,
by putting off the body of the flesh,
by the circumcision of Christ,
having been buried with him in baptism,
in which you were also raised with him
through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.
And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him,
having forgiven us all our trespasses,
by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands.
This he set aside,
nailing it to the cross.
He disarmed the rulers and authorities
and put them to open shame,
by triumphing over them in him.
actionresult
ground
discourse
11345821114258 1345821112441 Arc 2012-08-24 15:11:54 2012-08-26 10:17:52 editing 4 NT 51 2 6 2 15 Colossians 2:6-15 esv i888539 i888540 i888512 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, i888541 i888513 so walk in him, i888542 i888514 rooted i888515 and built up in him i888516 and established in the faith, i888517 just as you were taught, i888518 abounding in thanksgiving. ideaexplanation 1 actionmanner 1 1 i888543 i888544 i888519 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, i888545 i888520 according to human tradition, i888521 according to the elemental spirits of the world, i888522 and not according to Christ. progression ideaexplanation 1 i888546 i888547 i888523 For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, i888524 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. progression i888548 i888525 In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, i888549 i888550 i888526 by putting off the body of the flesh, i888527 by the circumcision of Christ, progression i888551 i888528 having been buried with him in baptism, i888552 i888529 in which you were also raised with him i888530 through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. actionmanner 1 ideaexplanation 1 actionmanner 1 i888553 i888531 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, i888554 i888555 i888532 having forgiven us all our trespasses, i888556 i888533 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. i888557 i888534 This he set aside, i888535 nailing it to the cross. actionmanner 1 ideaexplanation 1 actionmanner 1 i888558 i888559 i888536 He disarmed the rulers and authorities i888537 and put them to open shame, progression i888538 by triumphing over them in him. actionmanner 1 actionresult 2 actionmanner 1 progression ground 1 progression 1 1 1 esv 25 a 50 80 discourse
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