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Colossians, Chapter Two, Lesson Four

STRENGTHENING THE FLOCK            Page 4

V.19 ** Besides being caught up in spiritual pride, what major error do these false teachers make?

They do not hold "fast to the head" - which is Jesus Christ. cf. Colossians 2:10, John 15:5

** When they fail to hold fast to Christ, what are they not realizing about Him?

The entire body is "being supplied and held together by the joints and ligaments - so that it can grow with a growth which is from God.

Remember: 1Corinthians 3:7 - "So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth."

V.20 ** To strengthen the flock against these false teachers, Paul now goes back to reminding the Colossians believers of the fundamental reality of their new life in Christ. What mistake were some of them making in this area of religious legalism?

Some of them were submitting themselves to man made decrees "as if" they were non-Christians living in the world religiously. They had "died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world", but they were living as if they had forgotten that most significant reality. cf. Galatians 6:14

V.21 ** What kind of decrees does Paul use for an example?

1) Do not handle 2) Do not taste 3) Do not touch

These are just a sampling of the self-denial which was at the heart of religious asceticism of the day. They thought that by following man made rules, they would achieve some form of spiritual advancement.

V.22 ** Why are those rules and the use of the things to which they refer, insignificant when compared to knowing Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior?

All of that stuff will perish! cf. 1Corinthians 6:13

** Is there any value in "the commandments and teachings of men"?

No! When it comes to spiritual truth, God alone is our source. What men think will be done away with! cf. Mark 7:8, Matthew 24:35, Isaiah 40:8

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