Lesson No. 561
Colossians Chapter 2
"...Nailing it to His Cross"

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1 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; 2 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; 3 in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. 5 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. New life in Christ 6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 7 rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. 8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 11 in whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 12 buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. 13 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 it. Freedom from legalism 16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17 which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. 18 Let 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, 19 and 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. 20  Wherefore 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 not; 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 flesh.

Lesson No.  561                    “...Nailing it to His Cross"

 Colossians Chapter 2                                                 04/11/2021

1)      Sounds like Paul is struggling with not having been able to visit with the church in Colosse, and another church that we know? (verse 1)

2)      What four things does Paul desire for these churches in verses 2 and 3?

3)      In verses 4 through 7 Paul helps them fight these false doctrines- what does he say his part in this fight for them is his, and what does he tell them to do?  (verses 4-7)

4)      Paul uncovers the false doctrines for what they are in verse 8 (what are they) and then turns them to Christ in verse 9.   

5)      Verse 10 gives us all the ‘self- confidence’ we need in life, then Paul goes on to give us a different description of being ‘born again’- what is it?

6)      We see the underpinning of our public profession in verses 12-13, what is it?

7)      Paul plainly attacks the traditions of law which could never save in verses 14-16.  What did Jesus do with all that stuff that could never cleanse sin (verse 14)? 

8)      Verse 17 says that the Jewish law and tradition was a shadow of what to come, or has it already come?

9)      Again, Paul says to avoid these false doctrines in verse 18 then goes right to the ‘right stuff in verse 19!  What is the right stuff?

10) Paul gives license to ignore the old ordinances in verse 20, provides a good summary of the old legal system in 21, and concludes in 22/23 with showing that these false doctrines may appear to be some form of ‘righteousness’ but are only satisfying the flesh.  Do folks fall into this trap today?

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