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Colossians, Chapter Two, Lesson Four

STRENGTHENING THE FLOCK            Page 3

V.17 ** According to verse seventeen, what was the purpose for those things which all came out of the Old Covenant with Israel?

They were all "a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ". A shadow has no reality in and of itself. The reality of salvation was always bound up in the Person of Jesus Christ - those things simply were a reflection of the One who would come and fulfill God's plan for the redemption of man.

True spirituality does not consist merely of keeping external rules, but of having a genuine inner relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

V.18 ** Never-the-less, there were in Paul's day and there are some in our day, who would want to disqualify us from our eternal reward because we do not follow man made rules of religion. How do we know it was happening right there in Colossae?

Paul instructs them to "let no one KEEP defrauding you of your prize..."

They were constantly attacking the simplicity of the gospel, by adding to it or by changing it.
cf. Galatians 1:6-9

** Paul now lists three of their man made activities, which only drew them further away from the truth. What are they?

1) self-abasement - a false humility in which they delighted themselves.

2) the worship of angels - cf. Matthes 4:10, Isaiah 6:1-4 and Revelation 19:10

3) taking their stand on visions - they claimed to be spiritually superior, because of their own personal vision or revelation. cf. Hebrews 1:1-2

** What was the source for these visions which the heretics and false teachers claimed to have?

They were "...inflated without cause by [their] fleshly mind..."

They were caught up in their own high view of themselves and were promoting demonic wisdom. cf. James 3:15-16

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