- Colossians 2:1-5
- Col 2:1 (KJB)
- 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;
- Conflict - Struggle or agony
- Here Paul begins the second chapter by stating that he had great
struggles for these Colossians, Laodiceans, and even those whom he had never
met personally. Paul did not start these churches but he always had great
concern for the churches and believers in general. His great struggle at
this point would have been in prayer and maybe he had petitioned God to
allow him out of prison so he could personally visit these young churches.
Paul never ceased to agonize over the young churches because he knew how
vulnerable they were. The book of Second Corinthians was a defense of Paul’s
ministry and the true gospel so he knew full well what struggles the young
churches were facing. This is true at any period in time, whenever a new
church begins, there is always a certain vulnerability in the early stages
which can affect its growth and spirituality.
- Col 2:2 (KJB)
- That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together
in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of
understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and
of the Father, and of Christ;
- Might be comforted - Be encouraged
- Being knit together - United or bring together
- Full assurance - Complete confidence or certainty
- Of understanding - Comprehension
- Acknowledgement - Knowledge or consciousness
- Here Paul gives the reasons for which he agonized over them. First, he
prayed that they would be encouraged as many churches undergo problems and
that they should not think that problems are only peculiar to them.
Secondly, he desires that they are knit together, just as a garment is sown
together. When a single thread is yanked, it will break in two but when the
threads are sown together, it becomes difficult to try and separate the
garment or even destroy it. This is the essence of the thought of unity that
Paul had in view. A church which stands on the truth of Scripture will not
be easily led astray or destroyed by false doctrine. Next Paul desired that
they will have complete confidence in their understanding of the mystery of
Christ dwelling within them. Paul had desired that they continue to grow in
understanding these mysteries. As a Christian grows in their understanding
of the Gospel, they begin to better understand the mysteries found in the
Scriptures and probably there is no greater mystery than Christ indwelling
the Christian. As young Christians, we know of the relationship which Christ
has with His people but as we mature, we begin to understand the greater
intimacies of that relationship.
- Col 2:3 (KJB)
- In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
- Hid - Secrets or concealed
- The treasures - Treasury or a storehouse
- Here Paul butts heads with the Gnostics stating that only in Christ is
found the true treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Wisdom is the true
application of knowledge. One can learn many things but if they do not have
the wisdom to understand them and utilize them properly, then the knowledge
is useless. The Gnostics had believed that knowledge was an end in itself
but knowledge without wisdom is like a well without water, empty. This verse
states that “all” the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are in Christ. This
means that the Gnostics were dealing with false knowledge since they
rejected the deity of Christ. Paul wanted the Christians to know that the
knowledge they held about Christ and the Father was totally superior than
the false knowledge the Gnostics held.
- Col 2:4 (KJB)
- And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing
- Should beguile - Deceive, delude, or mislead
- Enticing words - Persuasive speech
- Another reason that Paul had agonized over them was the fact that he did
not want the Colossians to be deceived by persuasive speech. The Gnostics
were very adept at using enticing words to persuade others to believe them
and when they were at the zenith of their speaking, they were able to become
tricky in their delivery and these word tricks would cause the people to
believe them. You can hear this type of word usage in subjects like “textual
criticism” where the arguments sound so logical or persuasive. Basically,
what textual criticism teaches is that God could not preserve His Word. So
basically that subject is nothing more than an attack upon God’s character.
There are also other subjects which are attacked with intellectual prowess
such as the resurrection of Christ but all these arguments come to nothing.
In our day when education is worshipped, we must be careful that the
education god does not replace the God of the Bible, but unfortunately it
has in some people’s lives.
- Col 2:5 (KJB)
- 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.
- Beholding - Seeing
- Order - Orderly manner
- The steadfastness - Solidness or firmness
- Though Paul was unable to be with them, it was as if he was seeing them
in person as a military regiment. He complimented them for being a
well-disciplined group of Christians. He noticed how they handled things in
an orderly manner and how firm they stayed upon the Lord Jesus Christ. Their
faith in Christ was solid and the false teachings of the Gnostics did not
affect it. As long as they stood firm against the Gnostics, the church would
remain strong but if they allowed a little bit of their teaching to take
root, it would be the beginning of the end for that church and for any
church. No church must allow any false teachings to take root or else it
will mushroom and cause the end of that assembly. Look at the problems in
Corinth and Galatia when the Judaizers were permitted to have an audience.
False teachings have no place in any church or ministry because we are
speaking of a situation which is eternal.