The Book of Jubilees claims that, on the first day of creation, God created various orders of angels: of the Presence, of the winds, of the clouds, of cold, of heat, of hail, of thunder, etc. Since the angels are much inferior to the Supreme God, the Colossians would have to lower their sights, so to speak, by approaching angels first! What is the mystery of God referred to in the Bible? Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know (Constable’s Notes on Colossians, p. 36). Kathy figured there was more. The message portrayed was this: salvation comes through uniting one’s personal spiritual energy with the other-god-energy of the universe. That the church at Colossae was primarily gentile is evident from the comment that its members once were “alienated” and “enemies” (1:21) in their uncircumcision (2:13), but now had been shown the riches of God’s glory “among the Gentiles” (1:27). • I’ve known couples who’ve struggled to make their marriage work, yet who drifted farther and farther apart. One of the greatest heresies of our day is Secular Humanism. Bear in mind this was before the day of creeds and doctrines. Colossians 2:1-15 NIV - I want you to know how hard I am - Bible Gateway. Paul’s comments would be true even if Colossae included some converts from Judaism. There was. He reminds the Colossians that the fullness of God can only be found through faith in Jesus Christ. What does it mean that Jesus is the 'first-born' over Creation? As Ron was about to leave, he commented, “By the way, we have just been informed that there are 6-10 vegetarians coming. In 1945, an Egyptian peasant came across a jar full of Gnostic books, known as the Nag Hammadi texts. That is the impact of Colossians 1:20, where he stressed that Christ was able, through his death, to “to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.”. 6-15, what ideas from Colossians 1:1-2:5 are repeated or stressed in this passage (give verses)? So, ultimately, defeated and humiliated, as is made clear in verse 15. Or, the opposite view that a woman must stay at home to be of value. The two highest ranks of angels are in the seventh heaven, and are known as “thrones” and “powers” (compare Paul’s reference in Colossians 2:15). What does it mean to set your mind on things above (Colossians 3:2)? Focus on the Meaning: The “elemental spiritual forces of this world” are basic elements of religion undergirded by demonic forces and include anything that leads you to believe you can do without God. Read the “Focus on the Meaning” below. I lied and said, “No thanks; I just stopped by to get a Coke.” I hung around a few minutes, then took off and followed the Red River to Shreveport, and, from there, I knew my way back to Hope. Even circumcision can appear to the ascetic to be valuable, simply because it can be presented in dualistic terms. Similarly, the Book of Enoch, the best source of information for the development of Judaism (written by Chassidic or Pharisaic Jews around 163-63 B.C. that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, Self-imposed asceticism provided a feeling of superior spirituality. Our portion of the text follows the letter’s opening, thanksgiving for the congregation’s faith, a hymn of praise to Christ for his awesome work and awesome person (“the image of the invisible God”) that introduces the themes of Christ’s victorious power and status as head of the church, and then an upbeat take on suffering for the sake of the faith and faithful. These ideas show up in our reading in verse 8, and they get a bit more treatment in verses 16-23. This would also include bondage to “fate.”. As you read Chapter 2, what especially interested you or brought questions to your mind? Once you make the decision, don’t look back. Who are you going to believe? Does God require Sabbath keeping of Christians? How would you recognize “hollow and deceptive philosophy?”, What do you think Paul means by “human tradition?”. What would it mean to be strengthened in the faith as you were taught? The vain deceit of the heretics was exposed. Read “What Takes Women Captive?” after this lesson for additional insight and application. All we really know about them is what’s written in the book of Colossians itself – in other words, not much. (Colossians 2:8). So, the meals were planned and shopping was done. That week, we served “prisoners,” people who had been taken captive. I don’t believe women have the corner on the market for being deceived, but I do believe we are particularly susceptible to deception because of our emotional makeup. book is suitable for teens and up. Used by permission. (verses 16-17), voluntary humility and the worship of angels (verse 18), and. There’s junk out there about God and “what He thinks” so it’s important to really get to know the God of the Bible and how to live your life in Christ truthfully.