Colossians
Chapter 2

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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 acknowledgement 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.

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.

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.

Commentary for Colossians 2

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.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Colossians 2

  • Edna
    being a new creation in Christ 2cor 5/15. We have givien a new heart He indwells us We are complete in him. Are sins are blotted out. WE are not be judge by meat drink holy days or Sabbath days. Lets not be fooled by doctrines of men CHRIST JESUS FINISH THE WORK ON THE CROSS. THIS ONLY THE PERFECT WORK HE CAME TO DO FOR US CAUSE WE COULDNOT
  • Ray321
    Colossians 2:5 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. Paul was a joyful man in the Lord. Paul started lots of Gentiles churches, Amen.
  • Steve morrow
    1 PETER 4:1 FORASMUCH THEN AS CHRIST HATH SUFFERED FOR US IN THE FLESH ARM YOURSELVES LIKEWISE WITH THE SAME MIND FOR HE THAT HATH SUFFERED IN THE FLESH HATH CEASED FROM SIN --4:2--THAT HE NO LONGER SHOULD LIVE THE REST OF HIS TIME IN THE FLESH TO THE LUSTS OF MEN BUT TO THE WILL OF GOD ----- MARK 9:25 WHEN JESUS SAW THAT THE PEOPLE CAME RUNNING TOGETHER HE REBUKED THE FOUL SPIRIT SAYING UNTO HIM THOU DEAF AND DUMB SPIRIT I CHARGE THEE COME OUT OF HIM AND ENTER NO MORE INTO HIM --9:28-- AND WHEN HE WAS OME INTO THE HOUSE HIS DISCIPLES ASKED HIM PRIVATELY WHY COULD NOT WE CAST HIM OUT --9:29-- AND HE SAID UNTO THEM THIS KIND CAN COME FORTH BY NOTHING BUT BY PRAYER AND FASTING----- PHILIPPIANS 1:29 FOR UNTO YOU IT IS GIVEN IN THE BEHALF OF CHRIST --- NOT ONLY TO BELIEVE ON HIM --- BUT ALSO TO SUFFER FOR HIS SAKE
  • A disciple
    Colossians 2:6 "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:" One of the most famous sayings of our Lord Jesus Christ which everyone knows as the Golden Rule "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you " should be the first thing we consider, regarding those among whom we live and work every day. And this Golden Rule must be something that really lives and breates and moves inside us. While we want to be truly the blessed poor in spirit, they that mourn, the meek, those that hunger and thirst after righteousness it can only be formed in us by the things that draw out those virtues, like provocations and insults. The same is true if we want to be sincerely the pure in heart, the merciful, and the peacemaker it means encountering people that challenge us regarding that grace. We've often heard about some who get big promotions, and later forget where they came from. If we ever expect to grow up into that supremely great character of virtue and knowledge and self control, of patience and piety and brotherly love and to truly reflect that grace in our hearts by a manner of life worthy of being called by Jesus' name then we have to hold on to that first love, and that first hour's experience through all our days, and as much as it is in our power with everyone we meet.
  • BSP
    God has given us the example of his son Jesus Christ and we should follow that example as true Christians.
  • Steve morrow
    GALATIANS 4:19 MY LITTLE CHILDREN OF WHOM I TRAVAIL IN BIRTH AGAIN UNTIL --- CHRIST --- BE FORMED IN YOU --- 2 CORINTHIANS 13:3 SINCE YOU SEEK A PROOF OF CHRIST SPEAKING IN ME WHICH TO YOU WARD IS NOT WEAK BUT IS MIGHTY IN YOU --- JOHN 6:63 IT IS THE SPIRIT THAT QUICKENETH THE FLESH PROFITETH NOTHING THE WORDS THAT I SPEAK THEY ARE SPIRIT AND THEY ARE LIFE --- 2 CORINTHIANS 13:5 --- EXAMINE YOURSELVES --- WHETHER YOU BE IN THE FAITH PROVE YOUR OWN SELVES KNOW YOU NOT YOUR OWN SELVES HOW THAT JESUS CHRIST IS IN YOU EXCEPT YOU BE REPROBATES --13:9--FOR WE CAN DO NOTHING AGAINST THE TRUTH BUT FOR THE TRUTH --- HEBREWS 13:20 NOW THE GOD OF PEACE THAT BROUGHT AGAIN FROM THE DEAD OUR LORD JESUS THAT GREAT SHEPHERD OF THE SHEEP THROUGH THE BLOOD OF THE EVERLASTING COVENANT --13:21--MAKE YOU PERFECT IN EVERY GOOD WORK TO DO HIS WILL WORKING IN YOU THAT WHICH IS WELL PLEASING IN HIS SIGHT --- THROUGH JESUS CHRIST --- TO WHOM BE GLORY FOR EVER AND EVER -- AMEN
  • Lilian
    To Felicia Jesus loves you and God will cleanse your mind and heart to understand his own words. We are already pardoned and our sins are already forgiven by the BLOOD of Jesus. We are now save by his grace Our Prayers must be praising him with thanksgiving and worship him only for he is worthy There is no other God who can love us unconditionally its only Jesus amen
  • Ray321
    Colossians 2:13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses 5 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. We will still sin, but God will give us a new body.

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