Colossians 2:16-3:4 (Freedom From the Commandments and Teachings of Men)

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Col 2:16-17 In the previous verses Paul taught that the Gentile believers were made alive together with Christ while they were yet dead in the uncircumcision of their flesh, and that in Christ man’s debt to the ceremonial law of the Jews was taken away and nailed to the cross.  What conclusion does Paul draw…

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Colossians 2:8-15 (The Sufficiency of Christ)

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Col 2:8-12   What is the basic falsehood and deception behind the “elementary principles of the world” and that underlies all of the philosophies and traditions of men?  Hint: contrast Col 2:10a and Jer 33:2-3 with the summarizing statement of the first tenet of the Humanist Manifesto (II): “While there is much that we do not…

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Colossians 2:1-8 (Philosophy and Empty Deception)

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Col 2:1-3     What was the struggle Paul had for the Gentile Christians in Colossae, Laodicea, and other places he had never visited?  Why would their knowing of his struggle on their behalf encourage or comfort their hearts (Col 2:2)?  When a church is confronted by false teaching does everyone immediately see it as false?  What…

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Colossians 1:15-20 (The Incomparable Christ)

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Note:               One can see in the false teaching confronting the Colossians the seeds of Gnosticism that were already being sown and beginning to germinate in Paul’s day.  Gnosticism was a widespread philosophy held in various forms by a host of cultic groups in the second century.  The common belief of Gnosticism was that God…

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Chronological Review and Background of Colossians

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Paul’s conversion (Acts 9:1-7): c. 33 a.d. (possibly as early as 30 a.d.) Paul in Damascus (Acts 9:8-25), Arabia (Gal 1:17), Jerusalem (Gal 1:18-19, Acts 9:26-29): c. 33-36 a.d. (or possibly 30-33 a.d.), and Tarsus (Acts 9:30, Gal 1:21): c. 36-43 a.d. (or possibly 33-43 a.d.) Barnabas to Antioch (Acts 11:19-24): c. 41 a.d. Paul…

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