Lesson 96

"Yea are Complete in Him..."

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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. 96 (Col:2)           "Yea are Compete in Him..."

Book of Colossians, Chapter 2                                                      05/6/2012

1)      Paul did not meet many of the Christians he wrote to and ministered to; how did Paul see them being in the 'same church'?  (Verse 2)

2)     Where does all knowledge and wisdom come from?  (Verse 3)

3)     How is Paul 'present' with them even when not there?  (Verse 5)

4)     Paul asks them now that they have received Christ (verse 6), how should they 'walk with Christ'?  (Hint- verse 7)

5)     Paul was fighting 'Gnostic theology' which was threatening the church.  What does he tell them about dealing with this?  (Verse 8-10)

6)     Paul then touches on water baptism; what does he mean in verse 12?

7)     Paul then talks of the forgiveness of Christ and what He does with our sins- what are they?  (Hint- verses 13 through 15)

8)     Paul tells them all this because of the continuing issue of the laws of man regarding eating meat, drinking, holding traditional holidays, seasonal celebrations, and Sabbath day restrictions.  What is happening to the new Christians?  (Hint- verses 16 through 22)

9)     Do we understand what Paul is saying in verses 20 and 21?  Some folks get this backwards for some reason.

10) Paul also tells of not using fleshy means to achieve spiritual relationship with God.  Why?  (verse 23)

11) These issues are similar for us; are we complete in Christ and is His love for us sufficient for daily living?  Do we live in Him?