Colossians 2:1 For I would that ye knew what great conflict [deep concern] I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; 2:2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love [which is living by every Word of God], and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding [of the Word of God, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God [the plan of salvation], and of the Father, and of Christ; 2:3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge [The whole Word of God is the wisdom and knowledge of God.].
Let no one beguile us into sin and compromise with any part of the whole Word of God.
2:4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.
Just as Paul was absent from Colossae at that time, he is also absent in the flesh today; but we have his written scriptures that we should be always zealous to live by every Word and the Will of God.
2:5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order [orderliness in pursuing godliness], and the stedfastness of your faith [and the works of faith which is the diligent keeping of every Word of God] in Christ.
If we have sincerely repented and made a baptismal commitment to sin no more; we will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, and we are to live as Christ lived, through the strength of Jesus Christ living in us.
2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Stay fully grounded on the sound doctrine of Every Word of God and let no person deceive you into compromising with any part of the whole Word of God.
Contend earnestly for the Scriptures as admonished by Jude and never compromise with the Sabbath or any part of the Word of God. Jesus will never blink at a little willful sin, he will cast the sinner out of God the Father’s Temple! We should love God the Father and Christ so much, that any willful sin would be disgustingly repellent to us.
Let no one spoil [plunder and gain control over us] us by enticing us to cook, travel or buy food or anything else on God’s Sabbath and Holy Days, or to lead us into minimizing and compromising with any part of the Word of God. Let no one entice us to reject God’s Biblical Calendar for the apostate Rabbinic Calendar. Let no man entice us to tolerate any sin; and do prove all things by the Holy Scriptures.
Beware of those who use the name of Christ to falsely teach us to tolerate sin, saying that Christ died for us and we no longer need to be zealous to live by every Word of God.
Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil [make plunder of you, and overcome you] you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
2:9 For in him [Jesus Christ] dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
For we are spiritually circumcised with the removal of our PAST sins and the old sinful man was destroyed in the watery grave of baptism; so that we may rise up new people in Christ, being passionate to live by every Word of God in Christ-like zeal.
Then IF we are diligent to learn, to grow and to overcome through the power of Christ dwelling in us by the Holy Spirit, we shall be raised up from the grave incorruptible just as Jesus Christ was raised up incorruptible.
2:10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 2:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 2:12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
We the wicked, have been reconciled to God the Father and cleansed of our PAST sins, by sincere repentance and the application of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ, if we commit to go forward and sin no more.
We, who faced eternal death for our sins have been saved to a resurrection to eternal life by the mercy of God the Father and Jesus Christ.
2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he [the Father] quickened [makes spiritually alive] together with him [Christ], having forgiven you all trespasses [through our sincere repentance and the application of the sacrifice of Christ];
God the Father erased the indictment against us; He erased the list of our past sins; by our sincere repentance and the application of the sacrifice of Christ.
In no way does Christ’s sacrifice do away with the law of sacrifice, rather it fulfills that law; by offering a PERFECT sacrifice for sincerely repented PAST sins; obligating us to go forward and sin no more. For if we seek the application of Christ’s sacrifice and then continue in sin, we make a mockery of that sacrifice and we have not truly repented at all.
Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, 10:27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
10:28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: 10:29 Of how much sorer [greater] punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God [by continuing in sin], and hath counted the blood of the [the sacrifice of the New Covenant, Jesus Christ the Lamb of God] covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing [asking for its application without real repentance], and hath done despite [has been contemptuous of Christ’s sacrifice and God’s mercy, by continuing in sin] unto the Spirit of grace?
Colossians 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
The ordinances which were against us was the indictment – the list of our sins for which we faced eternal death – which list is paid in full by our sincere repentance and the application the sacrifice of the Lamb of God to us. The list of our sins, the indictment against us; was paid in full by the death of Christ for the sincerely repentant.
Jesus Christ through his perfect sinless life and his willingness to obey God the Father to the death, was worthy to be given all power in the universe [under God the Father]
2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
Therefore we are to keep God’s Sabbaths, New Moons and Holy Days, and we may eat scripturally clean meats and we are to be diligent to avoid unclean things; which teaches us to put a difference between the holy and the profane. We are to live by all things which are written in the Word of God, and we are not to permit any person to criticize us and turn us away from living by every Word of God.
The reference to meat and drink is a direct reference to the asceticism, vegetarianism and teetotaler teachings of the Stoics, as traditions of men which might appear humble but are really self willed.
True humility is faithfulness to submit to and live by every Word of God in deeds [the works of faith] and not mere appearances.
Every Word of God is commanded to be kept, and without living by every Word of God, we cannot understand spiritual things.
This is why there is so little understanding today, because we do not keep the Sabbath, Holy Days and New Moons on the dates proscribed by the Word of God, and we do not keep them in the way that God’s Word commands.
2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 2:17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body [the complete scriptures, including these things, define the nature of Jesus Christ and God the Father] is of Christ.
Let no person deceive you with a mere appearance of humility while really being full of pride, teaching their own errors and teaching to keep the false traditions of men instead of exalting the Head of the body, Jesus Christ.
2:18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility [with a mere appearance of humility] and worshipping of angels [spirits, messengers, pastors, teachers], intruding into those things which he hath not seen [teaching error contrary to the scriptures], vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind [full of pride and their own false ways], 2:19 And not holding the Head [Not exalting God the Father and Jesus Christ, but using the name of Christ to lead people away from Christ to follow after themselves and their own false traditions and false ways (Mat 24).], from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment [Spiritual food, the Bread of Life, the whole Word of God] ministered, and knit together [with God and Christ], increaseth with the increase of [we produce godly fruit as we increase in the knowledge of God and the works of faith, not from following men contrary to the Word of God] God.
Now speaking of the teachings of the Stoics which were popular in Greece; if the PAST sinful person is now dead to sin, why do we still follow worldly things?
This is speaking of the teachings of men which appear humanly humble and wise but are not consistent with the Word of God.
2:20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, 2:21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not; 2:22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? 2:23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body: not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.
Do not worship, that is, do not follow and obey any man or spirit who teaches us to break or to compromise with any part of the Word of God. Do not let anyone beguile you or entice you to follow them and the false contrary to scripture traditions of men, by putting on a show of supposed humility and using clever arguments.
2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
Do not let anyone entice you into following men or spirits by the clever arguments of men which are not the sound doctrine of the scriptures.
Do not be deceived by people who are trying to deceive you with clever reasoning’s about things which they do not understand themselves.
Do not be deceived by people who are putting up a pretense of humility and godliness to impress while teaching contrary to the Word of God.
Do not let these puffed up charlatans, who may APPEAR humble; entice you into sinning against God, by leading you into compromising with any part of the Word of God.
These seducers, these false teachers; do not hold Jesus Christ as their Head under his Head God the Father, but rather they try to be the mediator between men and God themselves. They try to come between people and God and they try to be the Head themselves in the eyes of the people. They USE the name of Christ to deceive people away from the doctrines of Christ.
How can we resist this effort to steal our crowns and the birthright of our calling?
Satan tries to confuse the issues, while they are actually very simple. All kingdoms are based on a constitution and a set of laws. Always keep God’s Word and do all of God’s Will zealously, out of a passionate love for God the Father and his Word, without any hint of compromise.
The whole Word of God is the foundation that NO man can ever shake.
False teachers try to appear like some great, humble and Godly person, so that they can entice you and distract you away from the doctrines of God and Jesus Christ.
If we stand on the Word of God, the will of God, the things of God; then we have a defense against the false doctrines and false traditions of men.