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This page is a daily devotion. It will study a chapter of the Bible for 5 days one section at a time. Then it will move on to another chapter for 5 days. Included is a verse to memorize.

Colossians chapter 2

 

Memory verse: Colossians 2:9

 

It appears Paul was never in Colossae personally (Colossians 1:4, Colossians 2:1, Philemon 22). There is no record in the book of Acts other than references to the area. Colossae was about 12 miles from Laodicea, which church Paul also wrote to (Colossians 2:1, Colossians 4:13-16). Epaphras was in Colossae (Colossians 1:7, Colossians 4:12), and was where Philemon was (Philemon 23). A main theme of the book of Colossians is that we find everything we need to be spiritually complete in Jesus Christ.

 

Day 1 – hidden treasures

Verses 1-4

Paul had great conflict for those Christians he had not met personally. The Greek word translated conflict is agon, which is the same word used for the Greek Olympics. It describes a contest, struggle, or battle in an arena before an assembly. Paul was concerned that they would have full understanding of the mystery of the gospel. The phrase “God, and of the Father, and of Christ” has nothing to do with persons in the Godhead. If that were true, then God and the Father are separate persons. The word and if the Greek word kai, which also means even. Thus it could  read “God, even the Father, even Christ”. We do not need to be confused trying to figure out if the truth, grace, and peace come from the Father or the Son. They are one (John 10:30). When you have the Son, you have the Father (1John 2:22-24). In Him are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. They are not hidden beyond finding. They are hidden from the insincere (Matthew 13:10-17, Luke 10:21, 1Corinthians 1:19), and from the spiritually lazy (Deuteronomy 4:29, Proverbs 18:1, Jeremiah 29:13). When we seek, we find (Matthew 7:7). The word mystery only appears in the new testament where it appears 22 times. It never means something we cannot understand. It always means the gospel in the new testament that was not previously revealed, but now is. We need to beware of those who seek to beguile (reckon wrong, cheat or deceive with false reasoning).

 

Day 2 – all the fullness of the Godhead bodily

Verses 5-9

The Colossians were keeping order and steadfastness in the faith. As Jesus was originally presented, we need to walk in Him. We need to be rooted, built up, and established in Him according to what was already taught. We must beware lest any man take us captive like a prisoner through philosophy and empty lies (Jonah 2:8), after man-made tradition, and after the basic principles the world operates on (1John 2:15-17). None of these things are after Christ. “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” In Jesus permanently resides all the fullness (everyone and everything that goes in such as in a ship) of the Godhead bodily. The word translated Godhead here is theotes. This is the only place this word appears in the Bible, although the word Godhead also appears in Acts 17:29 and Romans 1:20. The word theotes means: sum total of deity or the state of being God. Thayer’s Lexicon states in its definition of theotes: “deity differs from divinity, as essence differs from quality or attribute”. It was not just the qualities or attributes of God that were in Jesus bodily. It was God the Father himself (John 1:1-3 & 14, John 14:7-11, 2Corinthians 5:19, 1Timothy 3:16). Any other teaching about the Godhead is based in man-made worldly tradition, and takes men captive to false doctrine. That Paul used the 3 words all, fullness, and Godhead in this one sentence is redundancy for intense emphasis.

 

Day 3 – buried with Him in baptism

Verses 10-14

We are complete in Him who is described in Colossians 2:9. Complete means abounding, filled to capacity, and all promises and prophecies fulfilled. When we find Jesus. we don’t get just barely enough to survive. We get abundance (Luke 6:38, John 10:10). In Him is more than enough (Romans 8:37). We don’t need other people to make us whole, and we don’t need other divine beings or persons. It is all in Jesus Christ, who is the head of all angels and demons, and all human authority (Romans 13:1-7). In order to have access to Him, we no longer need circumcision. It was replaced with water baptism. We die to sin in repentance (Romans 6:2), we are buried with him in baptism (Romans 6:4), and we rise through the power of the Holy Ghost (Romans 8:11). That is why water baptism is done by total immersion in water. It represents burial. Also, the Greek word baptizo literally means to immerse in water. That is how it was done in the Bible (Matthew 3:6 & 16, Mark 1:9 John 3:23, Acts 8:35-39). He gives us more than just a set of rules to follow, but the power to live victoriously over sin.

 

Day 4 – the increase of God

Verses 15-19

The Lord spoiled all demonic and human authority that opposes Him. That means He took their weapons for Himself, and left them stripped. The gates of hell shall not prevail against the church (Matthew 16:18). He made an open example and disgrace of them boldly and without ambiguity (2Corinthians 2:14-16). He led them through the spiritual world like defeated enemy soldiers in a triumphal parade celebrating His victory, displaying their taken weapons, and dividing the spoils with His army (Isaiah 53:12). Therefore we do not need to be subject to the pathetic religious ways of man, or just repeating some empty symbolic rituals. The word religion only appears 5 times in the Bible. 4 of those are a negative reference to the Jewish religion (Acts 26:5, Galatians 1:13-14, James 1:26). The only positive reference has nothing to do with religious rituals. It is about visiting widows and orphans, and staying holy (James 1:27). Religion  steals the greatness of what God has done for His people, and makes them slaves to the pride of the carnal mind of man. God wants us lay our hands on His power, be connected to His people from whom we can receive strength, and grow by Him.

Ephesians 4:16

 

Day 5 – dead with Christ

Verses 20-23

When we become Christ’s, we are no longer under the basic principles of the world. They originated in the garden of Eden (Genesis 3:1-6). Satan questioned the word of God, the punishment for sin, and the authority of God to determine what is right and wrong. This led to sin caused by the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life (Genesis 3:6, 1John 2:15-17). The devil and the world are still operating on these basic things. It is important to note that this chapter refers to angels and demons in connection with false religion (verses 10, 15, and 18). There is a lot of false information out there about angels. We don’t need to know that much about angels. We need to know the Head of the angels. We don’t need to make up our own way to worship Him. Everything we need to know about Him in this life is already in the Bible.

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