Colossians Chapter 2
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2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
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Matthew Henry's Colossians Chapter 2 Bible commentary...
The apostle expresses his love to, and joy in believers. (1-7) He cautions against the errors of heathen philosophy; also against Jewish traditions, and rites which had been fulfilled in Christ. (8-17) Against worshipping angels; and against legal ordinances. (18-23)1-7 The soul prospers when we have clear knowledge of the truth as it is in Jesus. When we not only believe with the heart, but are ready, when called, to make confession with the mouth. Knowledge and faith make a soul rich. The stronger our faith, and the warmer our love, the more will our comfort be. The treasures of wisdom are hid, not from us, but for us, in Christ. These were hid from proud unbelievers, but displayed in the person and redemption of Christ. See the danger of enticing words; how many are ruined by the false disguises and fair appearances of evil principles and wicked practices! Be aware and afraid of those who would entice to any evil; for they aim to spoil you. All Christians have, in profession at least, received Jesus Christ the Lord, consented to him, and taken him for theirs. We cannot be built up in Christ, or grow in him, unless we are first rooted in him, or founded upon him. Being established in the faith, we must abound therein, and improve in it more and more. God justly withdraws this benefit from those who do not receive it with thanksgiving; and gratitude for his mercies is justly required by God.
8-17 There is a philosophy which rightly exercises our reasonable faculties; a study of the works of God, which leads us to the knowledge of God, and confirms our faith in him. But there is a philosophy which is vain and deceitful; and while it pleases men's fancies, hinders their faith: such are curious speculations about things above us, or no concern to us. Those who walk in the way of the world, are turned from following Christ. We have in Him the substance of all the shadows of the ceremonial law. All the defects of it are made up in the gospel of Christ, by his complete sacrifice for sin, and by the revelation of the will of God. To be complete, is to be furnished with all things necessary for salvation. By this one word "complete," is shown that we have in Christ whatever is required. "In him," not when we look to Christ, as though he were distant from us, but we are in him, when, by the power of the Spirit, we have faith wrought in our hearts by the Spirit, and we are united to our Head. The circumcision of the heart, the crucifixion of the flesh, the death and burial to sin and to the world, and the resurrection to newness of life, set forth in baptism, and by faith wrought in our hearts, prove that our sins are forgiven, and that we are fully delivered from the curse of the law. Through Christ, we, who were dead in sins, are quickened. Christ's death was the death of our sins; Christ's resurrection is the quickening of our souls. The law of ordinances, which was a yoke to the Jews, and a partition-wall to the Gentiles, the Lord Jesus took out of the way. When the substance was come, the shadows fled. Since every mortal man is, through the hand-writing of the law, guilty of death, how very dreadful is the condition of the ungodly and unholy, who trample under foot that blood of the Son of God, whereby alone this deadly hand-writing can be blotted out! Let not any be troubled about bigoted judgments which related to meats, or the Jewish solemnities. The setting apart a portion of our time for the worship and service of God, is a moral and unchangeable duty, but had no necessary dependence upon the seventh day of the week, the sabbath of the Jews. The first day of the week, or the Lord's day, is the time kept holy by Christians, in remembrance of Christ's resurrection. All the Jewish rites were shadows of gospel blessings.
18-23 It looked like humility to apply to angels, as if men were conscious of their unworthiness to speak directly to God. But it is not warrantable; it is taking that honour which is due to Christ only, and giving it to a creature. There really was pride in this seeming humility. Those who worship angels, disclaim Christ, who is the only Mediator between God and man. It is an insult to Christ, who is the Head of the church, to use any intercessors but him. When men let go their hold of Christ, they catch at what will stand them in no stead. The body of Christ is a growing body. And true believers cannot live in the fashions of the world. True wisdom is, to keep close to the appointments of the gospel; in entire subjection to Christ, who is the only Head of his church. Self-imposed sufferings and fastings, might have a show of uncommon spirituality and willingness for suffering, but this was not "in any honour" to God. The whole tended, in a wrong manner, to satisfy the carnal mind, by gratifying self-will, self-wisdom, self-righteousness, and contempt of others. The things being such as carry not with them so much as the show of wisdom; or so faint a show that they do the soul no good, and provide not for the satisfying of the flesh. What the Lord has left indifferent, let us regard as such, and leave others to the like freedom; and remembering the passing nature of earthly things, let us seek to glorify God in the use of them.
Comments for Colossians Chapter 2...
Ed's Colossians Chapter 2 comment about verse 16 on 5/15/2013, 7:31pm...
God also said " If you love me you will keep my commandments", Also, "Faith establishes the Law".
Well, first of all it mentions "Judge" To me this means that you can be found guilty of something.
So, this passage is saying make sure no man can find you guilty of violating these things.
Bro. Daniel FC's Colossians Chapter 2 comment on 2/28/2013, 10:48pm...
Regarding Colossians 2:16: “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”. You say: “This is why we Christians do not keep the Sabbath, it is of the OLD covenant”. The “Old Covenant” contained the Ten Commandments written by God on two tables of stone. It included the forth, which begins with the words: “Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy”. Are you saying that “the New Covenant” written on our hearts would have only nine commandments? So, you are taking out the only commandment that says “Remember”, and tell me to forget it? Some Christians imply that under the “New Covenant” we don’t have to keep any commandments, because now we are under grace. That cannot be so. Here is what Apostle Paul says about the Law, in Romans 7:7: “What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law”. Verse 12: “Wherefore the law is holy and the commandment holy, and just, and good…” Jesus Himself declared: “If ye love me, keep my commandments”, John 14:15. Not only that, He bids us to: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations… Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you…”, Matthew 28:19, 20. My conclusion is that the statement of Colossians 2:16 must mean something else.
Rob's Colossians Chapter 2 comment on 2/03/2013, 9:44pm...
Verse 16, This is why we Christians do not keep the Sabbath, it is of the old covenant.
Enrique's Colossians Chapter 2 comment about verse 8 on 1/18/2013, 8:43pm...
That is the trap mystics display, don’t apply reason, I know better, the mystic says, to establish the boundaries of reality out of reach! Trust me.
B G Drake's Colossians Chapter 2 comment about verse 18 on 11/05/2012, 4:03am...
I agree that the simple behaviour of men who worship other spirits and things than the true God are to be rejected as false. I have seen the mild mannered sadhus and priets who walk about barefooted and barefaced teach things that ought not be taught, including privileges of the so-called "holy ones" to have access to the women who come to the temples in early mornings, etc. Teachers who say they love God and walk (in false humility) contrary to righteousness and to the teachings and life of the Saviour, and exploit people of earnest faith in God, will be abandoned to eternal darkness, and the lake of fire, though I do not understand there terms fully, but they set terrible alarm-bells in my spirit.
Alexander Payne's Colossians Chapter 2 comment on 10/09/2012, 9:38am...
Hello, Colossians is one of my favourite writings in the Holy Bible. Colossians is great to share with people and study. Colossians is short in length and not as complicated as many of the longer New Testament writings. Colossians chapter three verse eleven addresses: the equality of all mankind under God and Jesus. Colossians chapter three verse thirteen addresses: salvation in great detail. Colossians chapter one verse 27 states: Christ is our hope of glory. In my own personal opinion, Colossians is a divine book buried in Paul’s work. Paul was in prison while writing Colossians; as a result, Colossians proves to show Paul’s enduring faith. The book should not be overlooked. This is a interesting webpage. Thanks for maintaining. -Alex
Timothy Wayne George's Colossians Chapter 2 comment on 5/31/2012, 7:40am...
We often ask the question why do bad things happen to good people? The opposite of that is why do good things happen to bad people? God is a good God, and he causes his rain to fall on the just, and unjust alike. Also he causes the sun to shine on the just, and unjust alike. So thank
God that he is good, and will always cause all things to work together for our good to those who love the Lord, and are called according to his purpose. Which is Christ in you the hope of glory, and thank God that he has crossed out those ordinances that were against us by nailing them to the cross. So be careful of the philosophy of men, and be filled with the wisdom of God. Thank God for everyday, for each day is a holy day. We are called to be holy as our father in heaven is holy.
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