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Colossians Chapter 2

Paul would have the believers know what great trouble he bears over both their own and also the laodicean fellowships (and all others that he has never met face to face.) (v1) That they might be instructed as to the unity of all fellowships in the truth and promises of God's increasing perfection towards all His people. (v2) In Jesus Christ alone, through whom all knowledge by revelation according to the mystery is revealed. (v3) This he imparts so they would not be swayed by any false teachers. (v4) For although Paul is absent from them he is present to the unity of the faith through the one God and His Holy Spirit, in increasing joy at the continuing strength of their faith. (v4)

Paul commands them as they have heard the gospel, so to continue to believe and do that which was taught them at first. (v5) So that their fellowship of faith would be built upon its perfect example made in Christ (v6) and increase their personal thanksgiving for the eternal life ministered upon them. (v7)

He instructs them to beware any teachers of improper philosophy or vain doctrines of the traditions of men formed after the fashion of this world, and not after Christ. (v8) For in Christ dwells the fullness of the Godhead (believe only upon Him) (v9) then are the believers whole in faith upon Christ, whom is the Lord of Lords and King of Kings in the Kingdom of God. (v10)

Believing teachings not taught by Christ or through God's word is a different gospel, and denies Christ. Any worldly system affects the faith of the believer - we would make the one true God into an image of our legalism or tradition by placing our trust in that system instead. Thus we would demand with our faith that God conform to us, and not then us to the Father. (a G v p statement). What follows therefore is the requirement to correct our faith to the true gospel, or we find we do not know the one God by Christ. We have substituted our liberty in the gospel under grace with licentiousness, instead of strictly observing instead God's liberty to be not conformed to us, and therefore for us to find God's sovereignty supreme through His word and example of obedient faith by Jesus Christ.

The Lord, the same Christ in whom they as believers are circumcised without hands - not of the flesh - having put away the sinful nature and taking on the repentance to His example, justified by faith on Him only, not after the outward appearance. (v11) Being buried in Him with the baptism of the Holy Spirit, and raised to new life with Him (through the faith upon the work of the Holy Spirit), whom raised Him from the dead. (v12) When once the believers were dead in their sins and without circumcision even of flesh, they are now alive with Him, blameless before God as is Christ Himself. (v13) Having done away with the condemnation of all law against us, taking the condemnation captive at the cross by His grace. (v14) And having taken all authority on earth with the coming of the revealed Kingdom of God amongst His saints, He showed it openly in returning raised from the dead. (v15)

Paul instructs them further to let no man judge them falsely in feasts or holy days as after the law; (v16) which are allegories towards the substance that is Christ (v17) and not to let any man sway them from the reward of eternal life by worshipping idols, or the host of heaven - which no one has seen and exist only from human imaginations by vanity. (v18) Not by Christ the head of the body of believers whom has kept alive and continues to nourish (with the strength of every other part of the body) the growth and increase of the whole. (No body lives without its head - but the head must be the right head!) Christ is indispensable to His Body, which nourishes itself whilst the head remains, but the head is indispensable all the same.

So therefore Paul argues, if you are buried with Christ to all the ordinances of the world why do you yet live with worldly laws? (v20) (do this do that etc.. (v21) For each law vanishes when it is broken.) Such laws are after the making of men only. (v22) And are although seemingly 'effective' to salvation, do not do any honour to the body whether the law is broken or not.

This would not be in effect with the law of God, which never vanishes when it is broken, because it is the will of God - yet it is greater for God to have a people than to find satisfaction in ridding His creation of sin by destroying all His people.


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