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Colossians, Chapter Two, Lesson Two

PROTECTING THE FLOCK            Page 3
V. 7 (cont'd.)

** This is referring to our growth of course, but before we go any further in this verse - Who is it that causes Christians to grow, to mature, to become more like their beloved Savior?

God Himself! cf. 1Corinthians 3:4-7, 1Corinthians 15:10

** Now back in our verse, what is the method by which God causes His children to grow into Christlikeness?

"...just as you were instructed..." Yes, it comes down to Bible study! God causes us to grow as we take in His word - unto application! cf. 2Peter 1:2 and 3:18, with 2Timothy 2:15

** The Colossians had a wonderful response to their times of instruction in God's word. We would do well to emulate them. How did they respond?

They were "overflowing with gratitude"! This is the grateful heart that simply cannot contain all of its thankfulness to God for what He has provided in His precious Word.
cf. Hebrews 13:15

V. 8 ** Alright then, we have seen that Paul's first tactic in waging war against heresy was to encourage Christians to walk in the truth. That might have been good enough, but Paul wants to go beyond practice to prevention. What do you suppose is his second tactic in waging this spiritual war?

He wants to go after our thinking! When Paul says, "See to it that no one takes you captive", he is referring to our thinking process.

A.W.Tozer said, "What we believe about God is the most important thing about us." Martha, the sister of Lazarus, demonstrated how important our thinking is when she spoke with Jesus.
cf. John 11:25-27

** What is it that could captivate our thinking, if we are not constantly on guard?

philosophy - philosophia "to love wisdom", this is referring to everything in Paul's day that had to do with theories about God and the world and the meaning of human life.

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