Colossians Chapter 2 - This is the second of four weekly studies on the Book of Colossians. In this chapter we read along as the Apostle Paul explains that Christians are in danger of being cheated by philosophy. This is still true for Christians today where some mistakenly say that you need something besides, or in addition to, the Lord Jesus Christ.
1 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.
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 stedfastness 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.
8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. 18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, 21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not; 22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? 23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.
1. Where is Laodicea? Why would Paul mention his concern for the believers at Laodicea to the believers at Colosse?
2. Why was Paul struggling for the Colossian believers as mentioned in Colossians Chapter 2 verse 1?
3. Have you ever had a burden for somebody you have never met? How did you handle that situation? What did you do?
1. Why did Paul tell the Colossians that he was struggling for them?
2. What are the four things Paul warns the Colossians about in verses 4, 8, 16, and 18?
3. Are the four warnings relevant today to Christians? What are some examples?
1. What is the antidote provided for the warning four warnings of verses 4, 8, 16 and 18?
2. What does the word angel mean? (Use a Bible dictionary – You can find one online just click here )
What do we learn of angels from the following verses:
1. What do Colossians Chapter 2 verses 9 and 10 do for us as Christians? What need is met by the truth that we have been given fullness in Christ?
2. Which of man’s problems discussed in Colossians Chapter 2 verses 11 through 15 are remedied by Christ?
3. Are the same judgments about Christians mentioned in Colossians Chapter 2 verse 16 being made today? What are some examples? What should our response be to such judgments?
1. What does this second Chapter of Colossians provide us in the way of identifying false religions?
2. What is the theme of this second Chapter of Colossians? Describe the theme using a single sentence.