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Colossians Study: Foolish Philosophies

[Colossians 2:1-15]

Fooled by fancy talk / persuasive speech / well-crafted arguments / enticing words / smooth rhetoric / nice-sounding words / wild-goose chase (v. 4) – speech adapted to persuade, speech to lead others into error

“Don’t let anyone fool you by using senseless arguments. These arguments may SOUND WISE, but they are ONLY HUMAN TEACHINGS. They come from the POWERS OF THIS WORLD and NOT FROM CHRIST.” [CEV]

captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy [NIV]

Captive – ignorant of TRUTH – of Word of God – sulagógeó “to carry off as spoil” like a predator carrying off prey

Remember:

  • You belong to Christ (v. 9)
  • Christ is over every power and authority (v. 9)
  • You have been raised to life through faith (v. 12)
  • Your sins have been forgiven (v. 13)
  • The charges have been wiped out (v. 14)
  • With Christ alone, we have victory (v. 15)

“What is the best safe-guard against false teaching? Beyond all doubt the regular study of the word of God, with prayer for the teaching of the Holy Spirit. The Bible was given to be a lamp to our feet and a light to our path (Psalm 119:105). The man who reads it aright will never be allowed greatly to err. It is neglect of the Bible which makes so many a prey to the first false teacher whom they hear. They would have us believe that “they are not learned, and do not pretend to have decided opinions.” The plain truth is that they are lazy and idle about reading the Bible, and do not like the trouble of thinking for themselves. Nothing supplies false prophets with followers so much as spiritual sloth under a cloak of humility.”J.C. Ryle

Bible Study Questions:

1) Paul uses the term “wonderfully blessed” or “full riches” or “wealth” in verse 2:2. What is Paul saying gives us this wealth or full riches—why or how are we wonderfully blessed?

2) Paul used the term “mystery” and said that Christ was the key to God’s mystery (v. 2). This term “mystery” was used a lot by the false teachers at that time. Some people believed there was a high level of hidden knowledge one could achieve by particular actions. What does Colossians 2:2-3 say about Christ and this mystery?

3) Paul makes it clear that we are to never stand still. Read Colossians 2:6-8. What does this mean for us?

4) Other religions attempt to figure out what problems people have and then how to solve those problems. Christianity is different. The Gospel wisdom is backwards from the worldly wisdom. How?

5) Read Colossians 2:15. The verse uses the word “disarm” or “defeated.” What does this mean when it says Christ defeated or disarmed all powers and forces?

This is one part of a 12-week Sermon Series and Bible Study focused on Colossians. The 12 weeks include:

Gospel Truth
Will of God
Lord of All
Ministry to Maturity
Foolish Philosophies
Men of Rules
Realities of Heaven
Taking Responsibility
Godly Living
Worship Work
Good Words
True Forgiveness

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Mislead and Delude

It is so easy to get persuaded into things. So often we can see some stats or fancy rhetoric and things start to look attractive. Beguiling speech gets the best of us. We are charmed into believing things after a few minutes of conversation. There are moments when one minute we are holding tight to our beliefs and the next minute we are misled into standing for something else.

In the Letter to the Colossians, Paul addresses the false teachings that invaded the church at Colossae. A church that stood firm for years, a church founded on the firm foundation of Christ, was starting to drift toward these falsehoods. The Jews were trying to get circumcision, food rules and festivities to be followed, though they were not from the teachings of Christ. The Gnostics were sharing something totally different. People were picking and choosing a little of this and a little of that instead of sticking with Jesus.

Soon rather than it be said that Jesus is Lord, it became Jesus is a Lord—One of many, rather than the One. Jesus went from everything to something. How easy it is for us to be misled and persuaded. What can we do? Hold fast to Christ. Be sure His Word is your plumb line. With the Bible as your standard, you can stand against what is persuasive, attractive and charming. When you are fixed on Him, it is difficult to be misled. When you hold tight to the Truth, you are less likely to believe the lies.

I say this in order that no one may mislead and delude you by plausible and persuasive and attractive arguments and beguiling speech. – Colossians 2:4 [AMP]