This week we focus on the study of Colossians Chapter two. Paul wrote this letter to the people of Colosse to combat errors in the church and to show that believers have everything they need in Christ. I will be sharing with you some selected notes from the Life Application Study Bible (NLT). Enjoy
SCRIPTURE TEXT: “…Such rules are mere human teachings about things that deteriorate as we use them. These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires.” –Colossians 2:22-23(NLT)
Paul writes against any philosophy of life based only on human ideas and experiences. Paul himself was a gifted philosopher, so he is not condemning philosophy. He is condemning teaching that credits humanity, not Christ, with being the answer to life’s problems. That approach becomes a false religion. There are many man-made approaches to life’s problems that totally disregard God. To resist heresy you must use your mind, keep your eyes on Christ, and study God’s word.
We cannot reach up to God by following rules of pious self-denial, by observing rituals, or by practicing religion. Paul isn’t saying all rules are bad. But keeping laws or rules will
|not earn salvation. The Good News is that God reaches down to human beings, He asks for our response. Man-made religions focus on human effort; Christianity focuses on Christ’s work. Believers must put aside sinful desires, but doing so is the by-product of our new life in Christ, not on our own discipline and rule keeping but on the power of Christ’s death and resurrection.|