Answers for Colossians Chapter 2

Questions and Answers

1. Where is Laodicea? Why would Paul mention his concern for the believers at Laodicea to the believers at Colosse? 

Laodicea lay on the confines of Phrygia and Lydia, about 40 miles east of Ephesus (Rev 3:14), on the banks of the Lycus. It was originally called Diospolis and then Rhoas, but afterwards Laodicea, from Laodice, the wife of Antiochus II, king of Syria, who rebuilt it. It was one of the most important and flourishing cities of Asia Minor. At a very early period it became one of the chief seats of Christianity (Col 2:1; Col 4:15; Rev 1:11). It is now a deserted place, called by the Turks Eski-hissar or “old castle.”from Easton's Bible Dictionary 

2. Why was Paul struggling for the Colossian believers as mentioned in Colossians Chapter 2 verse 1? 

Paul was struggling so that the Colossians would be comforted by the great assurance of understanding God and the Lord Jesus Christ (see verses 2 and 3). 

3. Have you ever had a burden for somebody you have never met? How did you handle that situation? What did you do? 

Your Answer Here 

Questions and Answers

1. Why did Paul tell the Colossians that he was struggling for them? 

See verses 2 through 4 – Paul wanted to encourage the Colossians to unite in love so that they could could have the riches of complete understanding and not be deceived by fine-sounding arguments. 

2. What are the four things Paul warns the Colossians about in verses 4, 8, 16, and 18? 

He warns about others; he tells them not to let anyone: 

  • deceive or beguile them by fine-sounding arguments or enticing words(verse 4)
  • takes them captive or spoils them through hollow and deceptive philosophy or vain deceit(verse 8) 
  • judge them by what they eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a holy day or a Sabbath day (verse 16)
  • decieve or beguile them because they delight in false humility and the worship of angels (verse 18) 

3. Are the four warnings relevant today to Christians? What are some examples? 

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Questions and Answers

1. What is the antidote provided for the warning four warnings of verses 4, 8, 16 and 18? 

Jesus Christ 

2. What does the word angel mean? 

In both the Hebrew and Greek it means "messenger" 

Questions and Answers

1. What do we learn of angels from the following verses:

  • 2 Samuel 14:20 - Angels have minds
  • Job 38:1-7 - Angels were created before the earth was made
  • Psalms 103:20 - Angels are mighty and obedient to God 
  • Psalms 148:1-6 - Angels are created forever and never die
  • Luke 16:22 - Angels care for believers at their death
  • 1 Corinthians 6:1-3 - Angels will be judged by the saints 
  • Hebrews 1:14 - Angels are ministers or servants
  • Hebrews 12:22 - Angels have emotions
  • Hebrews 13:1-2 - We do not know when angels are around and sometimes angels can be in human form
  • Revelation 5:11 - Angels are innumerable 
  • Revelation 12:7-9 - Evil angels were defeated by Michael and his angels and they lost their place in heaven
  • Revelation 22:8-9 - Angels have wills

Questions and Answers

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? 

When we have Christ we have everything we need for salvation and right living. 

Look around you. People are searching for something to give their lives a boost. Few people seem content within themselves. A strange and often hard-to-identify inner vacuum gives most people an uneasy sense of incompleteness. Christ fills that vacuum! As Jesus' person is fully divine, so we, united by faith to Jesus, find personal fulfillment in Him: "you have been given fulness in Christ."

When you know Jesus Christ, you don't need to seek God by means of other religions, cults, or unbiblical philosophies as the Colossians were doing. Christ alone holds the answers to the true meaning of life, because he IS life. Christ is the unique source of knowledge and power for the Christian life. No Christian needs anything in addition to what Christ has provided to be saved. Some days may not feel like it, but in Jesus, the vacuum is gone; the full power and prescence of God have taken up residence in your mind and heart. You are a new person, equipped for life and satisfied in God. Take some risks - God will guide you. Give more generously - God will supply. Love more freely - God will energize you. Say "can do" more often - God will amaze you.

This answer is taken from a great reference which I recommend to you - it is The Life Application Study Bible 

2. Which of man’s problems discussed in Colossians Chapter 2 verses 11 through 15 are remedied by Christ? 

ALL OF THEM – sin is our problem 

In verse 11 we see we benefit from the circumcision of Christ 

In verse 12 we learn that we are buried with Christ in baptism, but yet we are rise as he did to eternal life 

In verse 13 we are told that we were dead in our sins but are made alive with Christ to be together with him and that he has forgiven us our sins 

In verse 14 we learn that our sins, every one of them, was nailed to his cross 

In verse 15 we learn that Jesus Christ the risen Savior, spoiledthe devil's victory party because in reality he was defeated and Jesus Christ was truly the triumphant one and therefore we are aslo because our sins are forgiven 

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? 

Your Answer Here

Questions and Answers

1. What does this second Chapter of Colossians provide us in the way of identifying false religions? 

We can guard against man-made religions by asking these seven questions about any religious group:

  1. Does it stress man-made rules and taboos rather than God's grace?
  2. Does it foster a critical spirit toward others, or does it exercise discipline discretely and lovingly?
  3. Does it stress formulas, secret knowledge, or special visions more than the Word of God?
  4. Does is elevate self-righteousness, honoring those who keep the rules, rather than elevating Christ?
  5. Does it neglect Christ's universal church claiming to be an elite group?
  6. Does it teach humilitation of the body as a means to spiritual growth rather than focusing on the growth of the whole person?
  7. Does is disregard the family rather than holding it in high regard as the Bible does?

These questions are also taken from the Life Application Study Bible which I recommend as a great reference for application of God's Word to your life.

2. What is the theme of this second Chapter of Colossians? Describe the theme using a single sentence.

One man's answer: Christ is all you need!