This week we will study Colossians 2. There are five errors that endanger the Colossian church. The five errors are enticing words (4-7), philosophy (8-13), Legality (14-17), mysticism (18-19), and asceticism (20-23). Today we will look at enticing words.
Where are the answers to life’s question to be found? Christ Jesus. There are five errors that endangered the Colossian church:
Paul begins by bearing his heart and giving encouragement to the church’s at Colossae and Laodicea in verses 1-3.
1.All treasure of wisdom and knowledge (1-3)
For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; 2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; 3 In Whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
2. Enticing words (4-7)
4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. 5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. 6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him: 7 Rooted and built up in Him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
Beguile means to deceive. Thus Paul emphasizes the fact that he speaks to guard them against false teaching. He has spoken of Christ as being the only real source of wisdom and knowledge in order to show the utter contrast between the truth of God and the erroneous speculations of the false teachers. Their theories mislead because they spring from faulty reasoning, the fallacy of which is clouded by the persuasive arguments with which they are advocated.
Steadfastness is a solid front: immovable. Paul is commending them for their faithfulness in the face of overwhelming odds against them.
They are to walk in dependence upon Him. Walking speaks of the normal pattern of living. It suggests the steady progress of the one who is patiently going on in the face of temptation to turn aside or to be discouraged.
Today our televisions, computers, laptops, tablets, and cell phones, have beguiled us. Satan is attempting to deceive us to follow false teachers. They tell us to worship anything but Jesus.
We must resist these temptations. Worship Jesus only.
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001