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Colossians, Chapter Two, Lesson Four

EXTRICATE (cont'd.)

** Since we have died with Christ and now live to God, should we submit ourselves to the decrees of men?

Absolutely not! Christ is our Lord, His word is our guide and we need to witness to religious heretics instead of submitting to them. (V.20)

** As we grow in our Biblical strength, what three areas of the "commandments and teachings of men" are we going to be better equipped to refute?

1) Self-made religion

2) Self-abasement

3) Severe treatment of the body


** We have witnessed Paul in the process of "Strengthening the Flock". As he drew our passage to an end, how did he evaluate all man made religion?

It is all useless and "no value against fleshly indulgence".


** How does that strengthen you in your walk with Jesus Christ today - especially as you consider defending the faith against religious heresy?

We have the truth which is "profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work".
(2Timothy 3:16)

The unsaved world has only man's false system, which is of no value.


** How will you use your God given strength and confidence in the battle over the truth? Will you take time to strategize, to plan on how you might correct those who would try to defraud you of your prize?

cf. Jude 1:3

"... I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints."

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