Main point summary
Christ is full of life giving power and forgiveness and protection and victory. So go to Him and not to deceptive pleasures of the world that will never fill you as Christ does.
h Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord,
so walk in him,
i rooted and j built up in him
and k established in the faith, just l as you were taught,
abounding m in thanksgiving.
See to it that no one takes you captive by n philosophy and o empty deceit,
according to p human tradition,
according to the q elemental spirits 1 of the world,
and not according to Christ.
For r in him the whole fullness of deity dwells s bodily,
and t you have been filled in him, who is u the head of all rule and authority.
In him also v you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands,
by w putting off the body of the flesh,
by the circumcision of Christ,
x having been buried with him in baptism,
in which y you were also raised with him
through faith in z the powerful working of God,
z who raised him from the dead.
a And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh,
God b made alive together with him,
having forgiven us all our trespasses,
by c canceling d the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands.
This he set aside,
nailing it to the cross.
w He disarmed the rulers and authorities 1 and e put them to open shame,
by f triumphing over them in him. 2
refers to inner change that make possible a true worship (Deut.30:6)
this Exp refers to explaining what "circumcision of Christ" means
God does the circumcision of the heart taking away the body of the flesh. This state of uncircumcison can be called deadness. So, I think he expounds on the idea 11a to 12d
Paul give the positive commandment - to walk in Christ And then a negative one - to be watchful against deception. Or what follows in verses 8-15 could be taken as an inference.
Fullness in Christ Colossians 2:6-15 Main point: Christ is full of life giving power and forgiveness and protection and victory. So go to Him and not to deceptive pleasures of the world that will never fill you as Christ does. Let's make the overview of the text we just read Overview Verse 8 (read) states the call and warning to be vigilant against the deceptiveness of philosophy and human tradition. Christian does not need to cave in to pleasures of the world because as verses 9-10 give the ground, Christ has all that we would ever need. He is the fullness. In verses 11-15 Paul expands on what that fullness means - life-giving power, forgiveness, justification, authority over every creature. Starting from verse 6 we see that Christianity is not a one time experience. Paul says - " ... as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him " Let's present this truth in common life examples - Christianity is not - Like you go to the top of the mountain, enjoy the beauty and then go back to the city to live in the smog of your life. Or - I got acquainted with a doctor and then maybe will give him a call when there will be an urgent need. Or - You believed in Christ and then go back to your own sinful pleasures. Or - I received Christ at 10 years old and then lived my life as a I want... Christianity is more like a walk than just one time experience of receiving Jesus. Paul emphasizes the habitual way of life, style we may say, conduct that is marked by continues abiding in Jesus. This kind of life is possible only "in Him". The fruit is brought only by the branch that is abiding in the vine. Christ is a mighty Savior and Lord at the moment of our salvation. Let's pay attention that at the moment of our salvation we have not only a Savior but the Lord Jesus Christ. We received not only the Savior but the Lord also. He is the master of my life. Think of this illustration - " Think of a sporting event without rules and the chaos that would result. Similarly is a saint is not walking in His will (according to the rules) then his mind is wide open for deception. " (W. Barber) In this walk in Christ we put our roots deeper and deeper in Him - "rooted in Him", and we are built on Him. The Christian is represented in the image of the plant that has it's root going down in the ground for water and nutrients. And a stone that rests on the foundation. Both the ground and the foundation in this illustration refer to Christ. Whatever nutrients the plant needs - it is in the ground. Whatever stability the stone needs - it is in the foundation. Meaning that all the supply are in Jesus. He is our fullness of grace. We have fullness in Christ: In 2:10 Paul lays the foundation principal of Christian life - 10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. Colossians 2:9-10 ESV And in verse 3 Paul says - ... Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:2-3 ESV Fullness means that all you will ever need is always in supply in Christ. Let's list some of those things that refers to the fullness mentioned in this chapter: - life (root v.7a+v.13). The plant survives only being in the ground, the Christian receives his life being in Christ. Illustration: Christian cannot exist without Christ, because he is like a plant. For the plant to survive it need to be in the ground. The soil has all the nutrients, water to feed the plant. If you brake off the branch - it withers and then is burnt. - food (water, nutrients). The roots also suck in all the nutrients and water needed. Meaning that Christ is our food also. We eat on Christ. He provides all the food for the hungry soul. ( Read) Genesis 41:55 55 When all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread. Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph. What he says to you, do.” Remember what the Scripture says in Genesis 42:25 NASB 25 Then Joseph gave orders to fill their bags with grain and to restore every man’s money in his sack, and to give them provisions for the journey. And thus it was done for them. O. Winslow comment on this verse, " we have arrived at a most spiritually instructive part of the narrative- the ample supply meted out by Joseph in response to the pressing needs and appeal of his brethren. The points which will illustrate the great gospel truths, we pray the Eternal Spirit to unfold and apply, are simply these: THE SUPPLY- THE RESTORED MONEY- THE PROVISION FOR THE JOURNEY. " This is "Full Christ for empty sinners" Lessons : - They come empty handed, empty sacks - the sinner realizes the wretchedness and plague of his heart, emptiness of his condition. - Joseph filled the empty vessels - Christ fills the empty soul. He has enough supply. - They came with money to buy corn, received free - salvation is free. Its our deepest problem - try to earn grace. Jesus said in John 6:51 NASB 51 I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh.” - strength (He is the foundation 7a) The image of foundation is pointing to the stability and strength that are in Christ. Illustration : Christian cannot stand without Christ because Christ is the foundation. Did you ever see someone laid the foundation and then build not on it but at it's side? (Read) 1 Corinth. 3:11-12 In Him we have - Sovereign king, ruler over every authority (v.10) In verse 10 Paul says that Christ is " the head of all rule and authority." Colossians 2:10 ESV He rules in all spheres - human and spiritual, mans kingdoms or angelic beings. Commenting on this verse Vine points out that " The false teachers taught that angelic beings were mediators, a teaching that was, and is, derogatory to the honor which alone belongs to the one mediator, Christ Jesus. Moreover it detracts from the blessedness of realizing that from Christ as our fullness we have everything sufficient for all our needs. " We live in an evil world that is under the rule of Satan. And are often stressed by what's happening, what would or might happen. And logically we seek for safety and guideness and support. Somebody who can protect us. You can see it when people go to put a candle to the some kind of saints. Or wearing a talisman to protect from evil spirits. And the list goes on and on. Paul says Christ has all and ultimate authority and power. Rest under the wing of His power. He is our refuge, strong tower. Let's read Isaiah 32:2 NASB 2 Each will be like a refuge from the wind And a shelter from the storm, Like streams of water in a dry country, Like the shade of a huge rock in a parched land. J. Edwards has a brilliant commentary on this verse - " that is, he shall be the safety and defence of his people, to which they shall flee for protection in the time of their danger and trouble. To him they shall flee, as one who is abroad, and sees a terrible storm arising, makes haste to some shelter to secure himself; so that however furious is the tempest, yet he is safe within, and the wind and rain, though they beat never so impetuously upon the roof and walls, are no annoyance unto him. He shall be as "rivers of water in a dry place." This is an allusion to the deserts of Arabia, which was an exceedingly hot and dry country. One may travel there many days, and see no sign of a river, brook, or spring, nothing but a dry and parched wilderness; so that travelers are ready to be consumed with thirst, as the children of Israel were when they were in this wilderness, when they were faint because there was no water. Now when a man finds Jesus Christ, he is like one that has been traveling in those deserts till he is almost consumed with thirst, and who as last finds a river of cool and clear water. And Christ was typified by the river of water that issued out of the rock for the children of Israel in this desert: he is compared to a river, because there is such a plenty and fulness in him. He is the "shadow of a great rock in a weary land." Allusion is still made to the desert of Arabia. It is not said, as the shadow of a tree, because in some places of that country, there is nothing but dry sand and rocks for a vast space together, not a tree to be seen; and the sun beats exceedingly hot upon the sands, and all the shade to be found there, where travellers can rest and shelter themselves from the scorching sun, is under some great rock. They who come to Christ find such rest and refreshment as the weary traveller in that hot and desolate country finds under the shadow of a great rock. " - True change of heart and belonging to the family of God. Then in verse 11 Paul mentioned circumcision which points to the spiritual reality of heart change. A. Circumcision refers to the inner change of heart from callous to soft, that makes possible a true worship. Moses puts it like this - 6 And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live. Deuteronomy 30:6 ESV This is happens in Christ - "In Him", meaning that these blessings are the overflow of Christ's fullness. And also points to - A. belonging to God (v 11) . Circumcision was a sign of belonging to the family of God in OT. Spiritual circumcision has the same force. It serves as a sign of belonging to the true family of God. In Christ's fullness we also have - justification (v.14) - canceled the charge against us and we are free out of the court of heaven. Personal testimony - I understand if I stand before God as I am without Christ, God would be perfectly righteous to condemn me for my sin, I deserve it. ? Who can bring the charge against me? - my sins are nailed to the cross, their power to condemn me died on the cross (charge was canceled). - Victory on the cross over the evil forces (v15) By nailing the record of debt to the cross He took the effective weapon from the hands of the enemy. He stripped the enemy from control over the lives of men. Sin is the spear that Satan use to attack and kill us. Sin is our greatest enemy. It condemn us. Without it Satan has no power. So be concerned about sin in your life. Hebrew put this truth like this - (Read) 14 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. Hebrews 2:14-15 ESV On the contrast the world promises but will never give you this. So, do not buy in deceptive and empty claims of human philosophy and traditions.