Scripture:kjv Colossians 4:1 Masters, give unto your servants that
which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;3 Withal praying also for us, that God would
open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am
also in bonds:
Observations: In order to *continue* in prayer we
have to begin praying in the first place. This is an area I struggle with, I
just assume everything happening in my life is Gods will therefore I dont pray
as much as I should. I recently heard a message about not being content with
things but to wrestle and pray fervently for change. Paul tells us in this
passage to pray, watch, be thankful. Paul asks for prayer and again I
find significant what he asked the church at Colossae to pray for, that God
would open doors of utterance that they might speak the mystery of Christ. Our
prayers are so selfish and feeble. When was the last time we prayed for open
doors to speak the mysteries of Christ? What is a *door of utterance*?An
opportunities to speak. To speak the mystery of Christ. The Gospel. For which I am also in bonds...Paul
was in prison for the doors of utterance he had already walked through yet here
he is again praying for more doors to be opened, not at all discouraged or
dissuaded from continuing to preach the same mysterious message that got him in
prison. Peace that passes understanding. Application: We
often get in the car and pray that wherever we go God would lead us to a hungry
soul. Someone we can help. I dont expect to share the gospel, I hope to share a
smile, encouragement, kindness. The one thing I hope to teach my children is
that they would not be selfish and obsessed with only their own needs....this
prayer is a great reminder of what our objective in this world should be.
Praying for doors to be opened that we might share the gospel. God open doors of
utterance that we may share the mystery of Christ.
Pray: God give
us doors of opportunity to share Jesus, give us boldness to walk through the
doors for your glory.
3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it
heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;24 Knowing that of the Lord ye
shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord
But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done:
and there is no respect of
Observations: Love this reminder that
whatever we do should be done heartily as unto the Lord and not unto men. That
changes everything doesnt it? We have this tendency to do everything for men, to
be seen of men, admired by men, approved of men, rewarded by men, paid by men,
but the Bible tells us Who we should be working and doing for. Lord Christ.
Thats a beautiful way to say Jesus isnt it? Lord Christ. And dont just do for
Lord Christ but do it heartily. He is worthy isnt He? Not unto men.
This is a problem every single one of us struggles with, working
for men, placing our hope, trust, faith, success, and significance in men. We
should do everything as unto the Lord and we can also expect Him to reward us,
"the reward of the inheritance" meaning the heavenly glory. There is a flip side. But he that
doeth wrong shall also reap what he has sown, there is no respect of
persons. Application: I
fail, my efforts are feeble, Im insignificant, I lack talent, Im not
appreciated....all not true. This passage reminds me of 1 Cor 15:58 Always give
yourselves fully to the work of the Lord,
because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in
vain. Do it heartily for Jesus, not man. Its not in vain, not
insignificant. Even if by mans standards it seems to flop or fail, we have this
assurance that when we work as to the Lord and not unto man it isnt in vain.
Love this!! Knowing that ye shall receive the reward. What a promise! When the
Bible says ye shall, then ye shall. Why? For ye serve the Lord Christ.
3:20Children, obey your parents in all
things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. 21Fathers, provoke not your children to
anger, lest they be discouraged.22Servants, obey in all things your
masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in
singleness of heart, fearing
Observations: I feel the weight of
the children obey your parents scripture because it is
my responsibility to teach my kids to obey. They arent
naturally inclined to obey, so I have to teach them. This is a command to them
but really more of a responsibility to me, to make sure they do obey. Note that
is says in ALL things. Not some or most things but obey your parents in ALL
things. No exceptions. Fathers provoke not your children to
anger. When the Bible is specific like this and names a certain thing to watch
out for like provoke not your children to anger it must be because fathers have
this tendency to make their kids angry...so beware. Watch out for this
inclination. Lest they be discouraged. There is a connection between provoking
our kids to anger and them being discouraged. Are my kids discouraged? Perhaps
we have provoked them to anger. Servants obey your master. Of course
we dont have servants but I think it applies to employee and employer
relationships. Application: God
commands our children to obey us in all things. Its important I teach them this
command. I also need to not provoke them to anger. Keep a calm peaceful home
where we speak softly and consider one another before ourselves. You first, Ill
follow. John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my
commandments. I believe this
is how we get our children to obey, by establishing and cultivating deep loving
relationship with them. Love first, obedience follows. We obey who we love. If
they love us they will keep our commands, they will obey. Jesus asked Peter:do
you love Me...feed my sheep. See the order? Love then obedience. We can apply
that truth to our children...Do you love me, obey. Love first. Relationship. God
doesnt want us to do amazing, over the top, miraculous things for Him, He simply
wants us to love and obey. Same with my kids, I dont want their performance I
want their hearts. Pray: God this
command for my children to obey is more for me than them since it is my job to
teach them the Word. Help me to teach by example that we should obey you.
Scripture: kjv Colossians 3:1717 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do
all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by
Observations: Ive heard people say that
Christians *spiritualize everything*, but this scriptures seems to teach us that
that is exactly what we are supposed to do. Whatever you do, your words, your
actions do *ALL* in the name of Jesus. This is a good test for whether or not we
should be doing something since its hard to sin in Jesus name. This includes
conduct, where we go and every word we speak. If we cant do it in the name of
the Lord Jesus then dont do it at all. Love how Paul refers to Jesus as Lord
Jesus, perhaps significant in determining that all we do and say should come
under the Lordship of Jesus?
Yet another reminder to give thanks to
God. There are several in this book..
Colossians 4:2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with
Words, deeds, all of it needs to be done in the name of the Lord
Jesus. When we get up and start our day this should be on our minds. Today,
school will be done in Your Name. Dinner, prepared in Your Name. The way I
interact with my children all done in Your Name. How I answer the phone and
speak to strangers...Your Name. The suffering we endure done in Your Name. The
trials and tests all received with gratitude in Your Name. Speech seasoned with
grace. Your Name, all of it. Giving thanks...speaking, doing and thanking you
Pray: I guess this little verse should also apply to
every prayer we pray. God bury deeply this lesson that all I do be done in Your
Name, giving thanks. The hard things, suffering should be done in Your Name with
gratitude because if you ordained it then it is indeed good.
Quantity of daily Bible study isnt near as important as quality. Dont try to choke down large portions, rather meditate and consider carefully small nuggets. Perhaps one verse or just one word, mull it over. Ask God...What does this mean? Daily bread is best when consumed in small portions, ever try to choke down a whole loaf of bread at once? His Word is too rich and full of life to eat quickly.
For instance. All...small little insignificant word right? Wrong ...in word or deed do all in the name of the Lord Jesus. Ive been meditating on that small 3 letter word for several days now. All. Just one word can change the course of eternity forever, one of His Words.
“Remember that it is not hasty reading, but serious meditation on holy and
heavenly truths, that makes them prove sweet and profitable to the soul. It is
not the mere touching of the flower by the bee that gathers honey, but her
abiding for a time on the flower that draws out the sweet. It is not he that
reads most, but he that meditates most, that will prove to be the choicest,
sweetest, wisest and strongest Christian.” Thomas Brooks Plug words or verses into Strongs Concordance . Study the root of a word. So many moms say they cant find time to read much less study but honestly it takes 2 minutes to look up the root meaning of a word. Carry that word with you throughout the day contemplating what God is telling us about Himself. Meditate. The Word tells us to strive to enter into rest, commit and determine to enter in. Fight for fellowship with Christ. Hes worthy of our deepest most reverent consideration.
“As you read, pause frequently to meditate
on the meaning of what you are reading. Absorb the Word into your system by
dwelling on it, pondering it, going over it again and again in your mind,
considering it from many different angles, until it becomes part of you.” Nancy
Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your
hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly
in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and
spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the
a connection between having the peace of God in our hearts and unity. One body
comes from peace in our hearts. Here is yet
another reminder to be thankful. Be ye thankful.
Let Christs Word dwell in us richly in all
wisdom. Earlier in Colossians Paul admonished us to beware of mens wisdom, here
he reminds us to let Christs wisdom live in us...how? By His Word. How can we
let that Word dwell in us if we dont study and read the Bible? Its important. I
have been considering that there is peace and then there is the *peace of God*.
There is wisdom, mans wisdom, and then there is Gods wisdom that comes from His
word. 2 totally different things. Pauls makes the distinction here. Peace of
God, and wisdom from the Word. That Word of Christ also allows us to teach one
another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. Singing to the Lord. Wonder if
our music admonishes, and teaches us? Wonder if it places grace in our hearts
that we can give to God, and what is the difference between a hymn and a
spiritual song? Anybody know?
Application: Let the peace of God
*rule* in our hearts. That word rule there is a powerful little word. The
Strongs says it is to direct, and control like an umpire. Peace is supposed to
be calling the shots in our hearts. Like an umpire determines the game peace
should rule our hearts and produce unity amongst believers. I need Gods peace
and Gods Wisdom...not worldly peace and worldly
wisdom. Pray: God let peace rule in my heart!
Scripture: kjv Colossians 3:14 And above all these things
put on charity, which is the bond of
Observations:I like the way the ESV
renders this verse. And above all these put on love, which binds everything
together in perfect harmony. Reminds me of 1 Cor 13:13 The greatest of
these is love... Loving Him, allowing Him to love us. Loving others. Its the
greatest and second greatest commandment. Love God, love others. Its the
requirement for ministering to others. Do you love Him? Love. Put on Love.
It binds everything together in
perfect harmony. Reminds me of Pauls statement that by Him all things consist.
Makes sense that love binds everything together since God is indeed love.
Christs love binds everything together. Amazing. Perfect harmony. Doesnt that
sound nice...perfect harmony?
The KJV says charity is the bond of
perfectness. Perfectness in the Strong means
a) the state of the more
b) moral and spiritual
Want to be spiritually perfect, moral and even
intelligent? Put on love!
Application: I think
I am going to make a coat of love, forgiveness and all the other virtues Paul
tells us to put on as a visual reminder. Put it on. Like a coat. Actively take
it off the hanger and wear it. Love, keep it around your shoulders and mind so
as to have it always as a shield from the world and also as a gift to the world.
This love we are to put on. It protects us and serves others.
Pray: There is no way I could
understand fully what real love is. The kind of love you extend and exude but
please, it is my prayer that you would teach me Lord.
Scripture: kjv Colossians 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving
one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you,
so also do ye.
Observations: I love
this slow paced study, gives me a little time to plug some of these words into
the Strongs to see what the Lord is speaking to us. These definitions from STRONGS
1) to hold
2) to hold one's self erect and firm
3) to sustain, to bear, to endure
1) to do something pleasant or agreeable (to one), to do a
favour to, gratify
a) to show one's self gracious, kind, benevolent
b) to grant forgiveness, to pardon
c) to give graciously, give freely, bestow
1) to forgive
2) graciously to restore one to another
3) to preserve for one a person in peril
Wow...forgiveness is packed with meaning here isn't it? Not just a
simple ok Ill let you slide this time but it includes grace, restoration,
complete pardon, protection and benevolence. To agree adn be pleasing. Is that how I forgive? Um no.
Sounds alot like how Jesus Christ forgives. He doesn't just give us a pass. He
determines to restore and give too doesn't He? Even as Christ forgave thats how we are to forgive. How did
Christ forgive? Notice the past tense? Forgave. Hes already forgiven. Forgave.
He is the reason for the long packed with meaning definition of Forgiveness. He
forgives extravagantly. He abundantly pardons. He forgives when we dont deserve it. Over and over again. He never holds a grudge or brings up past sins, when He forgives He means it. His forgiveness includes restoration and pardon.
The word forgive.......includes a give in it. See that? For*give*. We are to give something to the offender. Grace, restoration, gifts, help.
Application: I love this reminder
to suffer long, put up with and then ultimately forgive after we forbeared.
Doesn't a forbearance, suffering long and putting up with usually then lead to
someone needing to be forgiven? Think about it. The ones who stretch us and make
us extend grace also tend to be the very ones who need forgiveness, and not just
typical worldly conditional forgiveness but a Biblical, spiritual loving
forgiveness that restores. Even as Christ forgave us so we are to forgive. This is
a command. No option here. He forgave so should
we. Pray: God let this beautiful deep truth sink deep into my heart. Thank
you for forgiving me and restoring me, help me to extend that kind of grace to
those who need it.
Scripture: kjv Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore,
as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness
of mind, meekness,
Observations:Anytime there is a *therefore* there is a
whyfore that preceded, a reason for the therefore. The reason for this therefore is because
there arent races or classes in Christ but Christ is all and in all. Christ is
significant so we are too. Its not our last name or how much money we have its
Who our Father is that makes us of use. We are Gods chosen so put
Humblesness of Mind stuck out to me. I like this little flip here....usually we
think to pray against pride, work to not be so proud, but this is a different
approach. Put on humbleness of mind, and isnt the mind part right on? Doesnt it
all take palce in our minds? If we can just take every thought captive. Every
proud thought that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. Put on humbleness
of mind. Or that list could read. Be selfless. Be selfless. Be selfless. Be
Pray: Humbleness in my mind God. Please help me to not think of
myself more highly than I ought. To be swift to hear. Everyone. Even my
children. Help me to listen to my 3 year old. Swift to hear. Slow to speak.
Humbleness of mind.
Scripture: kjvColossians 3:9Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have
put off the old man with his deeds; 10And have put on the new man,
which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11Where there is neither Greek nor
Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free:
but Christ is all, and in
Observations:There is that phrase *put off* again. Lie not
to one another because you've put off the old man. Be honest. Share your heart
and be real with each other. Paul is talking to the church at Colossae, telling
them to lie not, dont lie because you've been converted there is no need to hide
anymore. Isnt that something? Paul tells us to be honest with each other. There
is freedom in living a life that is pleasing to God, we dont have to put on
fronts and fake things when we've put off the old man. Confess your faults take
down the facade and be real. Why? Because you've put off the old man, and put on
the new which is renewed in knowledge, after the image of God. Renewed in the
image of God. I could meditate on that for about a lifetime. In the image of our
Creator there isnt pedigrees, or races, one class against another. Neither
Love this part Christ is all and in all, doesnt matter
where you came from or who you are. Christ who is our life. Hes our life. We can
share hearts and lives honestly because we are made new in
Christ. There is freedom to share with other Christians when we truly surrender our lives to Christ. Holiness is liberating.
I not only need to extend grace to everyone despite appearances I need to extend
it to myself. God loves me in spite of my lowliness, my insignificance. His
image has renewed me therefore Im not useless.
Pray: Lord help me put off and on, so that I can live a renewed
life that reflects your image. A life that doesnt need to hide from my Christian
7In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in
them. 8But now ye also put off all these; anger,
wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.Observations:7In the which ye also walked some
time....reminds me of such were some of you. But you were
washed, you were sanctified.
used to walk in sin, in our past lives. Before Christ. But now.....Love the But
now part... But now put off all these
filthy communication out of your
Again it seems we are to put off. Do something...and here I
am working so hard to rest...striving to rest.
Interesting that anger wrath and malice is followed by blasphemy and filthy
talk. Wonder if there is significance in the order there. Perhaps anger leads to
a foul mouth? I can probably testify personally to that. The first 3 in the list
are feeling that perhaps manifest themselves in our words. Blasphemy and filthy
communications. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth doth speak. The list
does seem to gradually get worse and worse until the anger manifests itself in
our speech with filthy talk.
Let my heart be free
from anger Lord. Search me and rid me of wrath and malice, then my words will be
Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication,
uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which
which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of
Going to be perfectly
honest here. I dont understand this concept of killing myself. The whole book
of Colossians is about yielding and surrendering everything to Christ. He does the work, has already done the work. It is finished. We are told 20 times in 6 different ways to let go of our
efforts, our abilities, our desires. Everything. Then here Paul tells us to kill
ourselves. Put to death our sin. Sounds like he is saying we have to actively
work to die to sin and self yet we know we cant do anything. Christ has to do
the work....hmmm.*scratches head*. Okay so maybe weallow ourselves to be crucified with Christ?
We allow ourselves to go the cross, we say nevertheless?
Is that our part? Is that what Paul means/God is trying to teach me? I know He
wants me to understand this....Im praying I will, but for now.....this concept
it still developing in my mind. This yield/surrender yet kill your own self
These are the things
Paul tells us to put to death, things that are
upon the earth...
carnal, fleshly, sinful,
of sexual sin
inordinate affection :pathos. Rendered in Romans
1:26, "vile affections;" In 1 Thessalonians 4:5, the word is rendered "lust" - which is its meaning
covetousness which is
idolatry...significant that Paul lists all these base sins and includes
covetousness with it. We rarely consider how very covetous we are and in how
many areas of our lives this is manifest. We tend to think of material goods
but it can also apply to others gifts, talents and abilities....anything that
God hasnt given to us.
Seems Paul is telling us
to deprive the members of our bodies that are sinful. He list mostly sexual
sins, perhaps because they are some of the lowest? Maybe because we all have
these base tendencies within us so we can all receive this Word? I guess there
isnt a person anywhere in any generation who hasnt been touched by these sins in one way
or another. Who doesnt struggle with carnality in their homes and families? If you dont currently struggle with the kinds of
carnality listed can you attest to the fact that these sins have damaged your
home somehow at sometime? Have your parent fallen prey to this list? Your children? Yourself? Paul knew just
where to put his finger when instructing us to purge the sin from ourselves. What
an incredibly relevant and needful Word for our day and age.
Application: I know this Word
instructs us to mortify/deprive our sinful natures, yet I cant. I have rely
solely on Christ to do it for me. Im quite sure that freedom
from these base carnal sins is found in complete surrender to Christ. Abiding.
Im so glad for
the P part of my SOAP because Lord, I dont understand how I can kill myself yet
that is what this verse seems to say. I pray for understanding. Again I gotta
say I dont think I can mortify my members....reconcile these things in my heart
and mind Lord. Kill myself, yet Im already dead because Christ said *It is
Scripture:kjvColossians 3:1-4 If ye then
be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on
the right hand of God.2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.4 When Christ,
who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in
Observations: *If ye be* .......seek those things
above. No questions asked....just *If ye be*....then seek. Period. Actively pursue and
look for the things of God. Things that are found at the right hand of the
throne of God.
The things we are to seek are:
where Christ sitteth
on the right hand of
Set your affections on things above, thats twice in the same
sentence Paul tells us to look *above*, not on earthly sensual, carnal, fleshly
desires. We are dead. Again this is a statement not a question or a maybe you
are or maybe you arent...its not a process time.....Ye are dead, present tense, and our lives
are hid with Christ in God. Praise the Lord we *are* dead and hidden in Christ!
When Christ who is our life....is such a beautiful statement. Christ is our
life. Our breath, our sustenance, our very reason and ability to live....Christ
is our life...our whole life, every aspect of it. Reminds me of some of the ALL
scriptures in Colossians. Colossians 2:10And ye are
complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power
Colossians 3:11 ...Christ is all, and in
Christ who is our life! When He appears we will appear with Him in
glory....Notice how we'll appear? Again it is with Christ. Whew that is alot of
Christ isnt it? Every way you look at it, any way you turn.....its Christ. He did, is
doing, and will do all of it. Everything. ALL. Christ alone will be the reason we
appear in glory.
Application: *If ye be* risen with Christ stuck out
to me...am I risen with Christ? Before the resurrection there has to be a death
and burial, a cross. A complete surrender of my own will. A nevertheless. Im not
as concerned about my ability to rise as much as I am learning how to die daily
and hide myself in Him.
This passage says we are dead, risen and hid....where did and does
every one of these things take place??? IN CHRIST! We die with Him, Rise with
Him and are Hid in Him. Which is why this verse says...Christ who is our life.
you Lord that I am dead, risen and hid....all in Christ! You really are my life.
My ALL. Please teach me how to more fully yield and surrender my will. I need
help Lord, with the death burial and hidden part. Crazy that I fully expect you
can raise me but struggle to believe I am dead in Christ. Yet you said it. So
glad I am not alone in my struggle. Paul too struggled and wrote about this
*wretched man* battle.
Scripture:kjvColossians2:22 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
Observations: Paul is telling
the Colossians why Dont touch, Dont taste, Dont handle doesnt work to save.
perish with the using:....these things are temporal
and deteriorate with use. Sounds like the more you use rules the more they
perish. *Perish with use*. Rules are carnal and dont have super natural power.
Rules and religious standards come and go, they perish when used.
after the commandments and
doctrines of men:....reminds me of Mathew 15:9 But in vain they do
worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
indeed a shew of
wisdom:Adhering to rules certainly appears to show off mans wisdom. *Shew of
will worship: one version
calls this self imposed religion. Willing yourself to be holy. Doesnt
humility: false humility. Man
made humility. Paul talked about this a few verses up....he mentions those who
take delight in false humility.
neglecting of the body:
asceticism, denying the flesh pleasure, or even basic comforts in order to gains Gods favor and mans
admiration. Fasting, doing without. May seem spiritual but only the Spirit of
Gods is Spirit-ual.
not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.:I like the way the ESV renders this verse, (because I sure
dont understand it in the KJV.) but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the
flesh. That is very clear to me, hard for my flesh to submit to sometimes
but the Word is clear. Rules like dont touch taste or handle have *NO VALUE* in
stopping our sin. Denying ourselves doesnt work. Paul made that clear when he
mentioned that our circumcision is *made without hands*. And again when he tells
us Christ nailed the rules to the cross and made a public spectacle of
them....blotted them out, because they are against us, contrary to us. Rules
have NO VALUE in stopping the desires of the
Application: When the Bible screams
something we should listen...Paul is screaming here...over and over he is saying
the same things in several different ways. Rules are futile, they work against
us. Religion is contrary to Christ. Christ alone, not only saves but HE is the
substance that helps us to cease from sin. Hes enough.
PRAY: After years of trying to
adhere to the rules and failing miserably I am so thankful for these verses
Lord. They comfort me. My efforts are futile. Rules have *NO VALUE*. Christ has
ALL value, ALL power. ALL. I still have a hard time wrapping my mind around
these concepts....teach me God to yield. Show me how to surrender my every human
effort. To let you live fully in my life. Please.
Scripture:kjvColossians2:18Let 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, 19And 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.20Wherefore 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
Observations: Paul is adding
yet more things to the list for the Christians at Colossae to be aware of. Yesterdays verses Paul warned
against letting others judge us because we dont put our faith in traditions like meat, drink, new moons, religious holy days, and the sabbath.
Today he warns us against letting others beguile us of our reward with voluntary
humility. The words beguile, and voluntary humility elude to the fact that these
kinds of people are subtle and modest. They come with kindness and a meek
approach....reminds me of how innocent Satan seemed in the garden. *Did God
say?* *Whats wrong with being wise Eve?*
These men dont come in with guns blaring
about spiritual things, but are more subtle and seemingly humble. I have often
thought that these kinds are of the most dangerous because their tactics arent obvious. I would almost rather my children
mix with blatant sinners than kids *who seem kind enough* in the Sunday School,
or homeschool co-op. Which is more subtle
and believable? The ones who are
voluntarily humble, right? Yet Paul tells us to beware and not let these types
rob us of our faith in Christ alone.
Worshiping of angels: these men are
perhaps super spiritual, they come professing great revelations and deep
truths.....intruding into things they havent seen. Proud and carnal.
here is why all this false teaching abounds....they do not *hold to the Head*.
Christ. When we hold to Christ we have/are:
are dead with Christ and dead to the rules of the world, why do we think we need
to adhere to the rules in the world? Rules about abstaining from this and that.
already let us know that Christ nailed the handwritten ordinances to the Cross,
blotted them out because they are against us, contrary to us. Rules are against
wants to make sure we dont let these
people cheat us out of our reward. What is that reward? Christ! Dont let people cheat you out of Christ. They
will try it many different ways. Humility, spirituality, holiness standards,
visions of angels. You name it they will try it. My old Pastor used to say if
the devil couldnt get you to be a rank
sinner he will try to make you go overboard into spiritual realms that are of
PRAY: Balance, Jesus. Please
give us balance that pleases and approaches you with true humility. Grant me the
ability to bow my heart to Your throne.
Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an
holiday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of
Observations: Paul is not only telling
these Colossians that they shouldn't impose rules on themselves but he wants them
to be sure and not be moved by those from the outside who would like to impose
rules upon them or make them feel guilt because of the liberty they have in
Christ. Let no man judge you.....implies that we shouldnt even go there. Dont
put yourselves in situations where you will be judged. Avoid arguments and
confrontations. Unity first. Others first. Let no man judge you. Paul knows that
there are groups of proud puffed up religious types who like to go on and on
about how many standards, rules and convictions they abide by.....Paul says dont
let them judge you. Pride is a poor substitute for the power and peace of Christ
yet many people opt for it. Then he goes on to list the types of things these
people judge for.
are a shadow, a mere shadow of the things to come, but the body is of Christ.
Ill take Christ rather than the shadows that represent Him, thank you very much.
Its like this.....would I like my husband to hug and hold me or would I rather
try to squeeze and cuddle with his shadow? That is the illustration the Bible is
making between rules and Jesus Christ Himself. Not much comparison is it?
think about Halloween coming up, we dont celebrate but the Word is clear here we
are not to judge one another or allow others to judge us concerning these
things. Unity first.
Application: I want all of Christ
and none of the man made rules and judgements from others. What a wonderful,
applicable reminder to us Christians to put our faith in Jesus alone, to not
only *not judge* but to refuse along with Paul to *be judged*. Let no man
therefore....whyfor? Because Jesus spoiled powers and principalities, He nailed
the rules to the cross. Blotted them out because they are against us, contrary
to us. Its what the Word says and I believe it!
PRAY: Your clear here Lord,
and Im thankful for that. We are not supposed to judge each other for external
standards, nor are we to allow ourselves to be judges. The self righteous
religious types squirm under this Word here, yet its true. Every word of it. Its
so true and important you had Paul write a whole book with this ongoing theme it. Paul says it over and over again....Christ saves. Rules are against us. Dont judge or
be judged. Jesus is enough! Amen
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
Observations: We were dead but Christ made us alive!
Quickened! There it is again, the *with Him* phrase.
buried with Him
risen with Him
Blotting out the
handwriting of ordinances, makes me think of a long list of legalistic rules
written by man. Handwritten Rules. Christ nailed those rules to the cross! I know many churches still preach and practice methods,
formulas, checklists of do and donts, but Paul is quite clear here that those
things were *against us*, *contrary to us*. Rule-keeping has no value in Christs economy. Christ took rules out of the way and
nailed those ordinances to His cross! I like the way this passage says nailing it to HIS cross. It was His cross. Personal. He personally nailed those rules to His cross. It is all about Christ any way you look at it!
This is the second time
in Colossians Paul talks about powers and principalities. Christ shamed them
publicly triumphing over them!
Application: I need nothing but Christ.
Christ isnt impressed when we impose rules and regulations on ourselves and each
other. I cant get holy enough for Him. God doesnt scrutinize me or my sacrifice.
God is for God.The ordinances have been nailed to the Cross. When Christ died on the Cross I
died with Him, I rose with Him and I am quickened, alive with Him. Its what the
Words says, and I believe it!
PRAY: Thank you Lord for loving me
and delivering me from thinking I could sacrifice enough to win you. You won me.
You died. You rose. You live. I am *with* You. Its all about You, every step of
the way. We are made without hands, kept by You. The rules are against us,
contrary to us. Its clear Lord, this Word. You took the ordinances and nailed
them to the Cross. Please open the eyes of those who think rule keeping has any