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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #8
Posted: October 26, 2007

COLOSSIANS 2:8-13

Our study of Colossians this week finds us in Chapter 2 and verses 8-13 which says, “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;”  I have entitled this section “Christ Plus Nothing Equals Everything”.

The first section of study is verse 8 of which I call, ‘The Nothing Of Rudiments’.  Paul in these verses warns us about being ‘spoiled’.  The word means to be carried off as booty.  It is used to describe the carrying off of a child by kidnapping.  Paul uses this word to describe being carried away from the truth into error.  How many much wiser than we have been spoiled by error?  Esau traded his birthright for a bowl of soup.  Ahithophel traded David for Absalom.  Achan traded a few pieces of possession for his and the life of his family.  Judas traded Heaven for Hell. Demas traded the mantle of Paul for the pleasures of this world.  O to trade truth for error is a high cost.

The method used for spoiling mentioned in this text was ‘philosophy’.  We are told we cannot understand Christ through the intellect.  It is not what we form mentally that gives understanding of Christ but what comes through the revelation of truth.  Another instrument of spoil is ‘the rudiments of the world’.  This would involve the elementary teaching of the pictures of the Old Testament.  Any little child could understand but only a child of revelation will not be spoiled by the errors.  We would surely not hug pictures when we have the real thing!

In verse 9-10 we have ‘The Everything Of Christ’.  In verse 9 Paul tells us that all the fullness of the Godhead bodily ‘dwells’ in Christ.  The word ‘dwelleth’ means to settle down in or live or reside in as ones permanent home.  The fullness of the Godhead in all the power, authority, attributes, nature, person, personality, and character dwells bodily in Christ.  He was fashioned by the virgin birth into this body.  He died in this body and was buried in this body.  He arose in this body and ascended in this body.  He now sits at the right hand of the Father in this body.  He will come again in this body.  O what a powerful body and to think I was placed in Him before time began.  This is one more full body.

In verse 10 Paul sees the redeemed as a part of Christ’s mystical body of which He is the head.  In our connection with Him we are now ‘complete’.  The word has the idea of being full of the fullness.

In verse 11 Paul brings up ‘The Nothing Of Rituals’.  He brings us the Old Testament rite of circumcision.  The circumcision would only reach out to Jewish 8 year old boys.  The cross could reach out to both Jews and Gentiles of any age.  Circumcision was God’s stamp of death upon man’s ability to create anything in this world that would last forever.  In verse 11 he speaks of ‘putting off’ the body of sins.  The phrase means a stripping away of ones clothes, what the knife failed to do to the flesh in the Old Testament, the Cross accomplished in the New Testament. The Cross performed that delicate surgery of cutting away the flesh of sin in the circumcision of the heart.

In verses 12-13 Paul mentioned ‘The Everything Of The Cross’.  Paul speaks of baptism, which has no connection with circumcision.  There are two New Testament ordinances, baptism that testifies of my death with Christ and the Lord’s Table which speaks of Christ’ death for me.  Baptism magnifies the Cross.  When we stand in the water it speaks of His death. In verse 12 we are buried with Him in baptism.  Placed under the water speaks of His burial.  Raised out of the water speaks of His resurrection.

In verse 13 the cross forgives all trespasses.  The cross is the only way to deal with all we are by natural birth.  Even infant baptism is connected with Romanism and avails nothing.  Let us lay aside all dead rituals and hold to the living reality.  Remember it is and has always been Christ plus nothing equals everything.  My, what a mathematical formula!

             

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