Chapter Two, Lesson Two
PROTECTING THE FLOCK Page
V. 8 (cont'd.)
** What phrase does Paul use to describe the value and danger of this
"empty deception" - kenes apates is used to
describe and qualify the term philosophia. The absence of both preposition
and article in the second clause shows us that Paul is not introducing
a new term, but is describing the first.
Apates - used here for deception, means "a deceit, fraud
or trick". There is no value in such speculative human philosophy
- even when it sounds good, the damage is eternal when it leads people
away from the Savior.
** What are the two sources for such vain speculation?
1) The traditions of men - the practice of repeating previous
errors because they were socially acceptable, or to use a term of our
day, politically correct. We cannot allow our thinking to trade off
Biblical truth for what the unsaved world around thinks is good.
cf. Mark 7:5-9, Matthew 15:5-6
2) The elementary principles of the world - This phrase is referring
primarily to the letters of the alphabet. It literally means "things
in a row". Given the simplistic religious views of the day, Paul
is saying they should guard their minds from being deluded by false
teaching and should hold fast to the truth. cf. Acts 17:16, 19-23
** Before we leave verse eight, what is the standard to which we should
allow thinking to be taken captive?
The standard which is "...according to Christ."
V. 9 ** To clarify their thinking, what point does Paul what to
make regarding the Person of Jesus Christ?
We can allow our thoughts to be taken captive by Him, because "in
Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form..."
** We saw this term used before in chapter 1, verse 19. Fulness, pleroma,
is used here by Paul intentionally confronting the false teachers of the
day who said that the divine "fulness" was divided in its expression
among the various emanations or gods. How is Paul's view different?
Jesus Christ is God forever! He possesses all the fulness of Deity
and is the One to be worshipped instead of the false gods of the nations.
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