He adds in verses 11-15 that, for Christians, Jesus has already defeated the principalities and powers, along with their purposes, through their conversion. Thus, if the Messiah embodies God’s Wisdom for all people, then God works life in all through their participation in the Messiah. In verse 8, the word translated as "basic principles of the world" refers to elementary things. lit. These appeals pertain not to specific behaviors but to an awareness of the “Messiah in you” (Colossians 1:27). Some are judging others for not following certain dogmatic ideas and self-abasing practices. While chapter 3 will bring the community more deeply into questions of how they are to live their lives in Christ, the remainder of chapter two is concerned about the possible eroding of the foundations, the losing touch with the roots of the faith, or as our author puts it, “not holding fast to the head” (Colossians 2:19). As the reader of the book of Hosea moves from interpreting to preaching, unresolved and highly debated issues are wisely set aside. Amplified® In terms of teaching, every other instruction is elementary, basic, even demonic. This week’s first lesson moves the narrative from a divine encounter under the terebinths at Mamre to the road to Sodom. See what over 145,000 subscribers are already receiving each day. 2 For a more complete argument on this see Brian J. Walsh and Sylvia C. Keesmaat, Colossians Remixed: Subverting the Empire (Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2004): 141-144. We cannot receive Christ and not know it. The writer begins by urging his readers to continue walking — that is, living their lives — in the Messiah (Colossians 2:6). You may say, “Well, I do not know whether I have or not.” We cannot marry and not know it! The third in a four-part series on Colossians, this text addresses a controversy among the Colossians. And so, echoing our psalm, Old Testament and Gospel readings today, Colossians takes us to the place of forgiveness. Colossians 2:6. by Grant Richison | Jul 11, 1996 | Colossians | 1 comment. Several scriptural links are presupposed here. While the precise nature of the threat to the Colossian community remains a matter of considerable exegetical debate1 there are some clear characteristics of the problem that bear remarkable resemblances to temptations faced by the church today, namely, dualism, and idolatry. If all we have is roots and foundations without dynamism and change, then we are caught in the quagmires of conservatism. See what over 145,000 subscribers are already receiving each day. This is especially important to grasp. Finally, in light of our text as a tract against idolatry (and empire), the preacher needs to ask today, which rulers and authorities are disarmed at the cross and paraded behind the Messiah in triumphal procession (Colossians 2:15)? Thus, He is the God (John 1:1) referred to in nearly every place in the Old Testament where God is mentioned. The command to “walk in Him” and the subsequent imperatives are given on the basis of the grounds of Christ’s supremacy and Paul’s faithful ministry given in 1:15-2:5. A resurrection faith is an embodied faith and an embodied faith has no room for dualism. Are we in the captive procession? The doctrine concerning Christ is sufficient to meet any contingency in the Christian life. The micro level is hortatory. 11: 551-669. However, when you were buried with the Messiah in baptism, “you were also raised with him through faith in the same power of God, who raised him” (Colossians 2:12; 3:1; Ephesians 2:6). Compare this rhetoric to classic diatribes against idolatry (Psalms 115:4-7; 135:15-18; Jeremiah 10:1-10; Isaiah 44:9-20 and others) and you will see that Colossians 2:8-23 stands in this rhetorical tradition.2, And so preaching on this text asks us to consider the idolatries that continue to have a deathly grip on our lives. Professor and Olin and Amanda Fjelstad Registad Chair for Systematic Theology, A resource for the whole church from Luther Seminary. Facebook-twitter-g+-LinkedIN-Email . Our author here is defending the cosmic reconciliation that he had poetically evoked in Colossians 1:15-20 against any body/soul dualism. Your email address will not be published. But there is no embodied faith without forgiveness. Colossians 2:6: “Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him ….” “Walk” is in the present tense, indicating an ongoing process. Facebook-twitter-g+-LinkedIN-Email. This daily newsletter provides a starting point for personal study, and gives valuable insight into the verses that make up the Word of God. N.A.S.B. Print . 4:1, 17; 5:2, 8, 15). In Hosea 1, God commands the prophet Hosea to marry a promiscuous woman named Gomer, whose unfaithfulness will become a living metaphor for the Israelites’ religious apostasy. John W. Ritenbaugh No one in their right mind would say, “I think I’m married. The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works." Turning the very categories of dualism on their head our author writes that “in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, and you have come to fullness in him … ” (Colossians 2:9). As we Colossians 2:6-7 this week, we will see some tests, you might think of them as thermometers, to help read your spiritual temperature. A.F.V v.6 . Our full reception of the doctrine of Christ is the only true safeguard against deceit. Tnx, Your email address will not be published. Matthew 26:52-53 clarifies this through an example: "But Jesus said to him, 'Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. Moreover, you yourselves have already “come to fullness in him” (Colossians 2:10a). I hope I’m married. In terms of teaching, every other instruction is elementary, basic, even demonic. We either have received Christ, or we have not. The Bereans "received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so" (Acts 17:10-11). The Covenants, Grace, and Law (Part Twenty). It means to receive truth by transmission from someone else. Baptism signifies how we — literally — “come to fullness” in the Messiah.
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