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Colossians# 19 2-13 thru 2-23

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I.      Col 2:13-14

A.  Before a person is liberated to this new life in Christ, he is dead in his sins and in his sinful nature[1]

1.    Death means separation, not annihilation.

a) separated from God

b)    Verse 12 says, “hath he quickened together with him” KJV

c)     NIV says, “God made you alive with Christ.

2.     Look at EPH 2:1-6 (read Verse by verse)

a)    This work was done through the CROSS.

b)    Look at EPH 2:13-16 “enmity” is really hatred or as the NIV puts it, “dividing wall of hostility.”

3.    Galatians tells us about that, look at GAL 3:13, 14

a) Abrahamic covenant

b)    (Heb 8:6) says, “But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.”

4.     The last part of verse 13 says that Christ has forgiven all of our trespasses or SINS, but what is just as important or maybe even more important is verse 14.

B.  14a “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us.”

1.    The NASB probably says it best, “having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us.”

a)   What were these decrees that were against us?

b)    Rom 3:19 Says, “Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.”

c)   These decrees said that we were GUILTY.

2.     Because we were guilty, there was placed on us a “certificate of debt,” but we had no way to pay the debt so we were sentenced to pay the ultimate price, DEATH.

a)    But Jesus came and paid the price for us.

b)    He paid the price by being nailed to the cross and so all our indebtedness was also nailed to the cross.

II.   COL 2:15-17

A.  In verse 15, The metaphor is of a triumphant Roman general who strips his foes and leads them as captives behind his chariot in his victory procession is used to describe how God in Christ stripped from Satan the powers of control over the lives of men.[2]

B.  Since the Lord Jesus Christ has abolition of the Mosaic Law as a means to justification, and His decisive victory over demonic powers, Paul urges the Colossians to resist legalism, angel-worship, and asceticism (strict self-denial) that was being forced upon them by the false teachers. Such exercises deny Christ’s supremacy and sufficiency, rob Christians of their liberty, and are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh. [3]

1.    The NIV says, “Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.” V16

a)    After Jesus resurrection, which was on Sunday, believers started meeting on Sunday. (Acts 20:7, 1 Cor 16:2, Gal 4:9-10).

2.    Then Paul say in V 17 NIV, “These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.”

a)    (Side note) The Sabbath command is the only one of the Ten Commandments not repeated in the New Testament.

(1)  Paul calls the Sabbath a shadow. We no longer need to follow the shadow now that the true is here.

III. Verse 18

A.  To put it simply, Paul is saying don’t let anyone deceive you by False humility or worship of angels or the worship of anything other than God.

1.    False humility is something that is going on in the body of Christ today.

2.    Many get puffed up because of what they think they know.

B.      Verse 19

1.    “And not holding fast to the Head.” The Lord Jesus is here spoken of as the Head of the Body.

a)    This verse is saying that he is not holding the Head, which means he is severed from the body and the life flow.

2.       COL 2:20

a)    Well, I like the NIV, “Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules:”

3.        Col 2:21

a)    This again was addressing legalism and asceticism.

4.       Col 2:22-23

a)    Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.

IV.    Next week we’ll start Chapter 3


WOLCC Thurs. 6/19/2003


[1]Walvoord, J. F., Zuck, R. B., & Dallas Theological Seminary. (1983-c1985). The Bible knowledge commentary : An exposition of the scriptures (Col 2:13). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[2]New Geneva study Bible. 1997, c1995. C1995 by Foundation for Reformation. (electronic ed.) (Col 2:15). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[3]Spirit filled life study Bible. 1997, c1991 (electronic ed.) (Col 2:18). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

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