If You Died With Christ

Colossians 2: 20-23

“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…” Colossians 2:20-21.

People often forget that if we have indeed died with Christ that makes us dead to sin and the old regulations.

“Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.” Romans 6:4-6.

Mankind unfortunately, has a constant desire to be a part of his own salvation, or part of keeping his salvation, or to enhance his own part in the church. Or embellishing Christianity to a ridiculous degree with rules and regulations until the church is top-heavy with tinsel, glitter, and old hubcaps that he finds at the side of the road.

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Let No One Defraud You

Colossians 2:18-19

“Let no one defraud you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding fast to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grows with the increase which is from God.” Colossians 2:18-19.

When heresy slips into the church it actually robs Christians of their reward in heaven because they become derailed from the goal of the body of Christ which is to, “…make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…”Matthew 28:19-20a.

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Raised With Him

Colossians 2:11-17

“In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the 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.” Colossians 2:11-12.

It seems as though even the Holy Spirit has difficulty expressing in human language the tremendous depth of the relationship that the Christian has with God in Christ. Most Christians do not grasp the power of the infinite Christ who indwells them. For a somewhat good reason too, one cannot grasp the infinite, so the size of it is either whittled down to our own earthly standards or purposely overlooked as a concept that is too much to reckon with.

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Your Good Order

Colossians 2:5-10

“For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:1-3.

The first three verses of this chapter have been shown here to recap what has gone before, and to point out that these three verses are all one sentence. It is this sentence that is being referred to in verse 4.

“Now this I say lest anyone should deceive you with persuasive words.” Colossians 2:4.

It is the goal of this epistle, to refute the heresies which have crept into an otherwise good church.

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Knit Together in Love

Colossians 2:1-4

“For I want you to know what a great conflict I have for you and those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh…” Colossians 2:1.

The marginal note in my Bible gives the word “struggle” as an alternate for the word conflict. This struggle, or conflict, is what Paul is going through as he struggles in letters and prayer over them in an effort to keep false doctrines and false teachers from coming in to the church and robbing the believers of their freedom and joy in Christ.

Thus far here in Colossians the apostle has shown the superiority of Christ over every angel, creature or created thing, as God the creator of all things, whether in heaven or in earth.

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