Amplified: I say this in order that no one may mislead and delude you by plausible and persuasive and attractive arguments and beguiling speech.
Lightfoot: I do not say this without a purpose. I wish to warn you against anyone who wants to lead you astray by specious argument and persuasive rhetoric.
NLT: I am telling you this so that no one will be able to deceive you with persuasive arguments. (NLT - Tyndale House)
Phillips: I write this to prevent you from being led astray by someone or other's attractive arguments. (Phillips: Touchstone)
Wuest: This I am saying in order that no one may be leading you astray by false reasoning in the sphere of specious discourse. (Eerdmans)
Young's Literal: and this I say, that no one may beguile you in enticing words,
|I SAY THIS IN ORDER THAT NO ONE: Touto lego (1SPAI) hina medeis:
Paul explains why he has made this great claim for Christ at this point in his discussion. The treasures of genuine spiritual wisdom are in Christ and, therefore, to allow oneself to be deceived about this can produce profound disorder in the Christian’s life. We leave ourselves open for conquest by the persuasive speech of heretics. On the other hand, the conviction that all spiritual wisdom is found in Him dispels the false teaching. Paul’s burden is that the Colossians must not surrender to the glib and sometimes convincing arguments of false teachers, but remember that in Christ they have all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. The heresies of the present century seem to be no less convincing to the ignorant and unwary!
S. Lewis Johnson comments on "I say this"…
What is the great danger?
John MacArthur illustrates the danger of delusion and persuasive words writing
And such is the fate of any church that is deluded by persuasive arguments or taken captive by philosophy. And such a fate happened to the church at Colossae who began with
The Colossian church clearly manifested Christian love, but Paul is concerned about their ability to discern, something that seems to be a frequent thought in his mind for all the churches, writing for example to the church at Philippi "
John Gill wrote that
While it is true that we must manifest love and approach the Word of God with a non-critical spirit and an open mind, we also must recognize that God’s truth provides absolute boundaries.
As G. K. Chesterton once said,
Paul would agree.
Calvin adds that
MAY DELUDE: humas paralogizetai (3SPMS): (Mt 24:4, Ac 20:30, Ro 16:18, 2Cor 11:2, 11, 12, 13, Gal 1:8, 2:4, Ep 4:14, 5:6, 2Th 2:9, 10, 11, 1Ti 4:1, 2Ti 3:13, Titus 1:10, 11, 2Pe 2:1, 2, 3, 1Jn 2:18, 26, 4:1, 2Jn 1:7, Rev 12:9, 20:3,8, Torrey's Topic "False Doctrine")
Delude (3884) (paralogizomai from para = beside, alongside + logizomai = to reason, to count) is literally to reason beside or alongside (think about it as reasoning with words "alongside" or "beside" Truth), to beguile by mere probability that something is true and so to mislead. It primarily means to reckon wrong, then to reason falsely, and so to deceive by false reasoning. Note the present tense which Wuest renders "may be leading you astray".
Paralogizomai is translated deceive, lead from truth to error, beguile, elude by craftiness. The preposition para conveys the idea (when combined with logizomai) of counting "beside" or counting "aside" with the idea of "miscalculating". If the target is the truth, there is something alongside it that looks very much like the truth, and these men focus upon that, rather than the truth. We've all met some artful person who initially deluded us with their false appearance and words, only later to be exposed.
James has the only other NT use of this word…
Delusion is one of the favorite weapons of the old serpent, the devil, who
To be deceived like Eve was is to think you know or are doing something right, but it is really wrong. A perfect illustration is seen in the 300+ year of the judges in Israel --
Truth and error may be made to look almost the same, but one is a counterfeit. In these days when we have so many counterfeit and imitation things around we are used to be being deceived and not even be alarmed at how easy we are "suckered". Plastic looks like metal. Flowers are made of silk. We are daily touching things that are imitations of the real thing. But imitations have limitations and if you start regarding them as real you are in trouble. That is why Paul is "struggling" for believers he has never seen. The specific delusions Paul has in mind are alluded to in the specific warnings that follow.
Jacob used paralogizomai when he reproached Laban for refusing to live up to his bargain with him concerning Rachel, saying,
Paralogizomai was used in secular Greek writings of a keeper of a state library who had shown a willingness to "make a wrong use of" certain documents. Paul uses it to point to drawing an erroneous conclusion from the reasoning submitted. That which is logical after having reasoned about something. So they come alongside you with their very logical sounding reasoning and they cheat their hearers by the use of this false reasoning. These false teachers were seeking to mislead the mind or judgment of the Colossians in regard to Who Christ was and who they were in Christ. Nothing much new here! These heretics sought to deceive the Colossians so thoroughly with their false logic that the truth about Christ was obscured.
Clarke adds that paralogizomai means to
Guzik comments that
Paul gives a parallel warning in his letter to the Corinthians warning about
WITH PERSUASIVE ARGUMENTS: en pithanologia:
Persuasive (4086) (pithanologia from peitho = to convince by argument, true or false [the stem "peith-" or "pith-" has the basic meaning of trust] + logia = logic, related to the logos, the "word", which is not just the word but the "reason", the "intelligence") refers to enticing words and is practically equivalent to the expression ''To talk someone into something.'' It refers to the art of persuasion which is the height of oratory, but it easily degenerates into trickery and deceit (which is how Paul uses it). The one speaking uses plausible but false arguments (another good reason to know the Truth!)
Paul claimed on the other hand that
Paul warned his young protégée Timothy that
Pithanologia was used in secular Greek of the law court and refers to the lawyer’s persuasive speech and its power to influence an audience towards an unjust verdict. In Classical Greek the word referred to the use of probable arguments as opposed to demonstrable arguments. Paul’s point is that even though the arguments seem to make sense (sound reasonable), they are in the end false and the Colossians must not surrender to the glib, sometimes convincing arguments of the false teachers, but remember that, in having Christ, they have all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. The heresies of the present century seem to be no less convincing to the ignorant and unwary. Paul is not arguing against the study of philosophy or serious thinking, but is arguing against the uncritical adoption of a philosophy that is at odds with a proper view of Christ and the ethics of the Christian life.
Barclay adds that pithanologia
J. I. Packer warns that the
So these false teachers will use "persuasive logic" as they come alongside. Wayne Barber tells about how he formerly got into the trap of "confessing his righteousness". He realizes now that you don't need to confess your righteousness because you are by His doing in Christ. The challenge for every blood bought, heaven bound believer is to discover and re-discover WHO YOU ARE in Christ and then in His power to conduct yourself thereafter on the basis of "WHOSE" you are! The reason Wayne got trapped in this subtle false teaching was that their was a lot about it which was RIGHT. (cp 2 Peter 2:1 "secretly introduce destructive heresies" - see note) Wayne was thinking that he could confess himself into the reality of being what he was confessing. It sounded so good and so much better than having to "go to the cross." Don't you hate to think about sin in your life? The false teaching was that he didn't have to deal with sin anymore. That was before the Cross. Now I can confess my righteousness. It's a trap. Look out when they tell you about a "new TEACHING" that they have. If you ever get away from your total sufficiency in Christ and His Word, then you're going to have your mind kidnapped by these people who so cleverly know how to come alongside you and bring the false doctrine and ease it in. So Paul prayed that they would be strengthened for the battle, the BATTLE OF THE MIND.
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Great illustration of the delusion by "persuasive argument"
The shield of faith protects us
God's truth is the best protection against Satan's lies.
Colossians 2:5 For even though I am (PAI) absent in body, nevertheless I am (PAI) with you in spirit rejoicing (PAP) to see (PAP) your good discipline and the stability of your faith in Christ. (NASB: Lockman)
Barclay: For, even if I am absent from you in the body, I am with you in spirit, happy when I see you maintaining your ranks and the solid bulwark of your faith in Christ. (Westminster Press)
Lightfoot: For I am not an indifferent spectator of your doings. I am absent from you in my body, but I am present with you in my spirit. I rejoice to behold the orderly array and the solid phalanx which your faith toward Christ presents against the assaults of the foe.
NLT: For though I am far away from you, my heart is with you. And I am very happy because you are living as you should and because of your strong faith in Christ. (NLT - Tyndale House)
Phillips: For though I am a long way away from you in body, in spirit I am by your side, watching like a proud father the solid steadfastness of your faith in Christ. (Phillips: Touchstone)
Wuest: For if, as is the case, I am in fact absent in my flesh, yet I am with you in my spirit, rejoicing and beholding your orderly array and the solid front of your faith in Christ. (Eerdmans)
Young's literal: for if even in the flesh I am absent -- yet in the spirit I am with you, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in regard to Christ;
FOR EVEN THOUGH I AM ABSENT IN BODY NEVERTHELESS I AM WITH YOU IN SPIRIT: ei gar kai te sarki apeimi (1SPAI) alla to pneumati sun humin eimi (1SPAI): (1Co 5:3, 4, 1Th 2:17)
For (gar) gives the reason for something. In context Paul is explaining how even though he was unknown (by face) to the Colossians he was still able to give such a warning.
I am absent in body - How? Where? Obviously in prison in Rome. As Beet says…
I am with you in spirit - Paul's attitude of concern and in this case rejoicing is interesting considering that he may never have even seen the Colossian assembly face to face. This statement also underscores the living, dynamic aspect of the church, the body of Christ with one Head and many supernaturally inter-connected members.
John Calvin comments…
Paul has a virtually identical description in his first epistle to the Corinthians writing…
And again in a similar phrase in his letter to the Thessalonians Paul wrote that
REJOICING TO SEE YOUR GOOD DISCIPLINE: chairon (PAPMSN) kai blepon (PAPMSN) humon ten taxin:
Literally the Greek reads "rejoicing and seeing"
Rejoicing (5463) (chairo) means to be glad or delighted in something. It was also used as a greeting (and so is rendered greet, greeting or hail in some passages, Mt 26:49, 27:29 contrasted with Mt 28:9). The present tense indicates that this Paul is continually rejoicing in their spiritual discipline and stability ("walking in the truth" - see below). Anyone who has discipled young men as I do understands the joy that Paul is describing (cp 2Ti 1:3, 4-note). It's a joy that literally brings tears to your eyes because you know it is another testimony of the faithfulness and supernatural power of a great God who desires to see His children continually growing in grace and the knowledge (and likeness) of His Son (cp 2Pe 3:18-note). And so we see John's similar exclamation writing…
Remember that in his second letter John warned…
Paul in his letter to the Romans expressed a similar sentiment for a similar reason…
Chairo - 74x in 68v (An interesting mini-study - observe [and/or make a list of] what is associated with rejoicing or causes one to rejoice - note some verses as stated use chairo as a greeting) - Matt. 2:10; 5:12; 18:13; 26:49; 27:29; 28:9; Mk. 14:11; 15:18; Lk. 1:14, 28; 6:23; 10:20; 13:17; 15:5, 32; 19:6, 37; 22:5; 23:8; Jn. 3:29; 4:36; 8:56; 11:15; 14:28; 16:20, 22; 19:3; 20:20; Acts 5:41; 8:39; 11:23; 13:48; 15:23, 31; 23:26; Rom. 12:12, 15; 16:19; 1 Co. 7:30; 13:6; 16:17; 2 Co. 2:3; 6:10; 7:7, 9, 13, 16; 13:9, 11; Phil. 1:18; 2:17f, 28; 3:1; 4:4, 10; Col. 1:24; 2:5; 1 Thess. 3:9; 5:16; Jas. 1:1; 1 Pet. 4:13; 2 Jn. 1:4, 10f; 3 Jn. 1:3; Rev. 11:10; 19:7
The NAS renders chairo as am glad(1), glad(7), gladly(1), greeted(1), greeting(2), greetings(3), hail(5),joyfully(1), rejoice(33), rejoiced(8), rejoices(2), rejoicing(10).
Good discipline (5010) (taxis from tasso = to set or arrange in order) described the orderly array of soldiers with the line being unbroken and intact. In context, the idea may be that a few stragglers had been swayed by the persuasive arguments, but there was no panic, no breach in the line.
As an aside, we do well to remember that the spiritual war against our inveterate, mortal enemies (the world, the flesh and the devil) is not so much a power struggle but a battle over Truth and the "battlefield" is our mind and heart!
The following definitions of taxis are a summary of the nuances in the NT (adapted from BDAG)…
The verb tasso primarily means arranging things in proper order or an orderly manner - There are a number of related words in that are derived from tasso - anatássomai (392), to compose in an orderly manner; anupotasso (506) unruly; antitasso (498), to resist; apotásso (657), to set in its proper category away from oneself; átaktos (813), disorderly, irregular; diatásso (1299), set in order, issue orderly and detailed instructions; epitásso (2004), to order; prostásso (4367), a specific command for a specific person; protásso (4384), to foreordain; suntásso (4929), to arrange or set in order together; tágma (5001), an order, regular method; taktós (5002), arranged, appointed; táxis (5010), an arrangement; hupotasso (5293), to place under. (From Zodhiates - The Complete Word Study Dictionary, New Testament).
Liddell-Scott emphasizes the military uses of taxis:
1. a drawing up, the order or disposition of an army, tactics (Xenophon - "Phalinus professed to be an expert in tactics.")
2. battle array, order of battle, (Herodotus = "Since the Hellenes fought in an orderly fashion by line, but the barbarians were no longer in position and did nothing with forethought, it was likely to turn out as it did.")
3. a single rank or line of soldiers, to be drawn up a few lines deep, (Plato = "when the Spartans came up to the men with wicker shields, they were not willing to stand and fight against these, but fled; when, however, the Persian ranks (taxis) were broken, the Spartans kept turning round and fighting like cavalry, and so won that great battle."
4. a body of soldiers, a squadron, Soph.: at Athens, the quota of infantry furnished by each nation, Lys.: of smaller bodies, a company, cohort, Xen.; so of ships, a squadron, Aesch.:-generally, a band, company, Id.
5. a post or place in the line of battle (Herodotus - "During the drawing up of battle formation there arose much dispute between the Tegeans and the Athenians, for each of them claimed that they should hold the second wing of the army, justifying themselves by tales of deeds new and old.")
Extra-biblical and apocryphal uses of taxis…
And the Elder said this also: Mark, having become the interpreter of Peter, wrote down accurately everything that he remembered, without however recording in order what was either said or done by Christ. (Papias -The Apostolic Fathers)
Since, therefore, these things are now clear to us and we have searched into the depths of the divine knowledge, we ought to do, in order, everything that the Master has commanded us to perform at the appointed times (Clement 40:1)
For God, the Master and Creator of the universe, who made all things and arranged them in order, was not only tender-hearted but also very patient. (7) For God, the Master and Creator of the universe, who made all things and arranged them in order, was not only tender-hearted but also very patient. (Letter of Diognetus)
(Apocrypha) The temple singers, the sons of Asaph, were in their place according to the arrangement made by David, and also Asaph, Zechariah, and Eddinus, who represented the king. (1 Esdras 1:15)
(Example of BDAG meaning #4 above) The basis of the foot on the ground consisted of a ruby and measured a hand’s breadth high all round. It had the appearance (taxis) of a shoe and was eight fingers broad. Upon it the whole expanse of the foot rested. (Pseudepigrapha of the Old Testament)
Taxis is transferred directly into English (taxis) where in rhetoric it refers to the arrangement of the parts of an argument.
Wayne A Detzler…
The Greek verb which is translated "order" is tasso, and another form is taxis. This family of words is seen in such English terms as "taxidermy" (literally, "ordering the skin" of an animal so it looks lifelike and "taxonomy" (literally "ordering names," as this is the science of classification). In secular Greek the word (tasso) referred to appointing an officer. It also was used to describe the mustering of soldiers for battle. In civilian life it was used to describe the delegation of jobs to various people. Socrates found a larger meaning in this word, and he spoke of man in his proper place before God. Plato took this to mean that there was a divine order in the world. He thought that people filled certain roles in society by divine design. (New Testament Words in Today's Language)
Taxis - 9x in 8v- Lk. 1:8; 1Co. 14:40; Col. 2:5; Heb. 5:6, 10; 6:20; 7:11, 17 and is rendered by the NAS as good discipline(1), order(7), orderly manner(1).
Luke 1:8 Now it happened that while he was performing his priestly service before God in the appointed order of his division,
1 Corinthians 14:40 But all things must be done properly and in an orderly manner.
Comment: The Christian life is (or ideally should be) orderly, for God is a God of order (as is everywhere evident in His physical creation, see also 1Cor 14:33). So the body of believers in a given locale should be orderly for this reflects God's nature. God is not out of control, so a church that is being led by His Spirit should not be "out of control." Paul's exhortation to "let all things be done properly and in an orderly manner" alludes to the the order and regularity with which an army is drawn up. Undoubtedly most of his readers had witnessed the strict discipline and order that characterized the Roman army and thus they were able to comprehend this vivid word picture of the church as an orderly array of soldiers.
Colossians 2:5 For even though I am absent in body, nevertheless I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good discipline and the stability of your faith in Christ.
Hebrews 5:6 just as He says also in another passage, "YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK." 10 being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.
Comment: In each of reference to the priesthood the word means a particular group or class. The writer's point is that Jesus’ priesthood is classified not as Aaronic but in the division or order of Melchizedek.
Hebrews 6:20 where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
BDAG comment: The reference is not only to the higher ‘rank’, but also to the entirely different nature of Melchizedek’s priesthood as compared w. that of Aaron
Comment: This verse presents a great word picture of Jesus as our "forerunner" or prodromos (see great word picture drawn by this great Greek word), which is the word Prodromos which A T Robertson says is "old word for a spy, a scout, only here in NT Jesus has shown us the way, has gone on ahead, and is the surety (egguos Heb 7:22)and guarantor of our own entrance later." (As Heb 9:15 adds we have "the promise of the eternal inheritance"). In point of fact, our anchor of hope with its two chains of God's promise and oath has laid hold of Jesus within the veil and beloved if you are struggling with your eternal security in Christ, you must know that this "divine rope" will hold fast and bring us safely into the "harbor" of the next life in eternity with our Forerunner and Friend Christ Jesus. Amen! Let us hold fast the confession of our faith firm until the end (Hebrews 3:6, Hebrews 4:14). Jesus is also a “forerunner” sets Him apart from the Levitical high priest who entered alone as the people waited outside. Jesus in contrast has gone before us to open up the way for His people to follow Him. And all God's people shouted "Hallelujah! Amen!"
Hebrews 7:11 Now if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the people received the Law), what further need was there for another priest to arise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be designated according to the order of Aaron?… 17 For it is attested of Him, "YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK."
Taxis - 9x in the non-apocryphal Septuagint - Nu 1:52; 1Ki 7:37; Job 16:3; 28:3; 36:28; 38:12; Ps 110:4; Pr 31:26; Hab 3:11. One use is quoted often in the book of Hebrews…
Taxis - 10x in the Apocrypha - Jda. 5:20; 1 Esd 1:5, 15; 2 Macc 1:19; 8:22; 9:18; 10:36; 13:21; Odes 4:11, 19;
Monty Mills comments that…
G Bertram writes that…
Vine on the good discipline of the Colossians…
AND THE STABILITY: kai to stereoma:
Stability in the Christian life was important to Paul as seen in his command to the saints at Corinth (in the midst of gross paganism, idolatry and immorality - sounds like modern day America! This command is therefore clearly applicable to all believers today.)…
And to the saints at Thessalonica Paul again emphasized spiritual stability…
Stability (4733) (stereoma from stereoo = to strengthen, confirm, in turn from stereos = solid, stable - used only in this verse in the NT; Verb stereoo = to make solid) is used only here in the NT and refers to a solid body that has been made firm, strong and unchanging, and in the context describes the Colossian church's steadfastness despite the blustery winds of false doctrine (cp Ep 4:14-note, cp 1Cor 14:20, God speaking to Judah = Jer 4:22)
Stereoma - Firmness; steadiness; that which is solid and firm; figuratively as in Col 2:5 descriptive of a state of firm inner strength; steadfastness; constancy. Stereoma is used in the Septuagint in the creation story (Ge 1:6, 7, 8) where it describes the firmament. David adds "By the Word of the LORD the heavens were made (Lxx uses the related verb stereoo = made firm)." (Ps 33:6).
The related word stereos is used by Peter…
Why were they orderly and stable? For one thing their hearts had been "knit together in love" (Col 2:2-note) and they had full assurance that came from a understanding of the full knowledge of what they possessed in Christ Who was in them. And of course they were stable because their faith was laid on a firm foundation of "in Christ", the unchanging Rock of our salvation (cp Ps 19:14-note). The writer of Hebrews uses the related adjective stereos to describe "solid (stereos) food" (Heb 5:12-note, Heb 5:14-note = "solid") which provides spiritual stability (but only if it is "eaten" and heeded or obeyed - cp warning of James 1:22-note) because it gives us Truth to counter the lies of the world, the flesh and the devil.
Regular intake of solid food
Stereoma - 23 uses in 21 verses in the non-apocryphal Septuagint - Ge 1:6, 7, 8, 14, 15, 17, 20; Ex 24:10; Dt 33:26; ; Esther 9:29; ; Ps 17:3-note; Ps 18:2-note; Ps 70:3-note; Ps 72:4-note; Ps 150:1-note; Ezek 1:22, 23, 25; 10:1; 13:5; Dan 3:56
Stereoma - 7 uses in the Apocrypha - 1 Esd 8:78, 1 Macc 9:14, Odes 8:56; Sir 43:1, 8; Dat. 3:56; 12:3; Wuest notes that "First Maccabees has the verb; “he solidified the battle, massed his lines."
Barclay comments that taxis and stereoma
James Alexander said
OF YOUR FAITH IN CHRIST: tes eis Christon pisteos humon: (Ps 78:8,37 Ac16:5 1Co 15:58, 16:13 1Th 3:8 Heb 3:14 1Pe 5:9 2Pe 3:17, 18)
Vincent comments that…
Faith (4102) (pistis [word study]) is synonymous with trust or belief and is the conviction of the truth of anything, but in Scripture usually speaks of belief respecting man's relationship to God and divine things, generally with the included idea of trust and holy fervor born of faith and joined with it.
Beet writes that…
True faith that saves one's soul includes at least three elements (1) firm persuasion or firm conviction, (2) a surrender to that truth and (3) a conduct emanating from that surrender. In sum, faith shows itself genuine by a changed life. (Click here for W E Vine's definition)
William Barclay notes that…
Wayne Grudem defines faith that saves one's soul…
The psalmist description of the OT Jews (most of whom were not saved!), speaks of the danger of a faith that is not stabilized…
HOW TO ESCAPE DECEPTION- I am… rejoicing the see your good order and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.
Deception has always been part of military strategy. The British put it to good use during World War II in North Africa against German forces led by General Erwin Rommel. They constructed pasteboard look-alikes of tanks and airplanes to deceive the Germans. From the air this fake equipment looked real enough to fool reconnaissance personnel, and it could be easily moved.
Satan, whom Jesus referred to as "the ruler of this world" (John 16:11), is a master deceiver. He was the driving force behind the teachers who were trying to persuade the Colossians to accept heresy as truth (Col 2:4,8).
Followers of Christ today are in a similar battle. How do we defend ourselves against deceivers? Paul used military terms in his comments to the Colossians that can help us to know what to do. First, he commended them for their "good order," which refers to being battle-ready, disciplined soldiers. Second, he spoke of the "steadfastness" of their faith in Christ, which refers to having a solid front. They had an unshaken commitment to their Lord and the advance of His kingdom.
Don't be fooled by Satan's lies. Know the truth of God's Word, and be battle-ready through a disciplined life and an unswerving commitment to Jesus Christ. -- David C. Egner (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved)
The shield of faith protects us
|Colossians 2:6 Therefore as you have received (the) Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk (PAM) in Him (NASB: Lockman)|
Lightfoot: I entreat you therefore not to abandon the Christ, as you learnt from Epaphras to know him, even Jesus the Lord, but to continue to walk in him as you have done so far.
NLT: And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to live in obedience to him. (NLT - Tyndale House)
Phillips: Just as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so go on living in him - in simple faith. (Phillips: Touchstone)
Wuest: In the same manner, therefore, as you received the Christ, Jesus, the Lord, in Him be constantly ordering your behavior (Eerdmans)
Young's literal: as, then, ye did receive Christ Jesus the Lord, in him walk ye,
THEREFORE AS YOU HAVE RECEIVED: hôs oun parelabete (2PAAI): (Mt 10:40, 18:5, Lk 9:48, John 1:12, 13, 13:20 Jude 1:3)
The warning against defection through delusion is followed by exhortation to advance in the life of faith and the "therefore" marks the transition.
Have received (3880) (paralambano from para = beside + lambano = receive) means to receive to oneself what is imparted or delivered over. Paul is saying that at some point the Colossians by faith laid hold of and took possession of the Truth presented.
Here paralambano means to receive something transmitted, as spiritual instruction or truth (1Cor 11:23, Gal 1:9) or a ministry (Col 4:17- note)
Paralambano - 49x in NT - Matt. 1:20, 24; 2:13f, 20f; 4:5, 8; 12:45; 17:1; 18:16; 20:17; 24:40f; 26:37; 27:27; Mk. 4:36; 5:40; 7:4; 9:2; 10:32; 14:33; Lk. 9:10, 28; 11:26; 17:34f; 18:31; Jn. 1:11; 14:3; 19:16; Acts 15:39; 16:33; 21:24, 26, 32; 23:18; 1 Co. 11:23; 15:1, 3; Gal. 1:9, 12; Phil. 4:9; Col. 2:6; 4:17; 1 Thess. 2:13; 4:1; 2 Thess. 3:6; Heb. 12:28
CHRIST JESUS THE LORD: ton Christon Iesoun ton kurion:
This is the only occurrence of the specific name "Christ Jesus the Lord" in Scripture, which is no "accident".
Vine notes that
Paul use therefore appears to address two forms of heresy about the Person of Christ. First, "Jesus" in His humanity stands opposed to Docetism (dokeo = to appear) the heresy that Christ’s human body was an illusion and His death was a dramatic “appearance”. They said that
Docetism was popular among Greeks since its dismissal of Christ’s body helped remove the scandal Hellenistic thinkers found in the Incarnation. Second, the identification of Christ or Messiah with the historical Jesus countered the heresy Cerinthianism (ca. A.D. 100) separated Jesus from Christ. He taught that the Christ spirit came on the man Jesus, the son of Joseph and Mary, at His baptism and empowered His ministry, but left Him before His crucifixion. Thus Cerinthus taught the heresy that only the man Jesus died and rose again, rejecting the doctrine of the Incarnation and negating the Christian teaching of the atonement.
Paul’s point is that the Colossians had “received Christ Jesus as Lord” and that they would remain safe from spiritual seduction (apostasy) if they continued to walk in submission to him. We too will be resistant to the gnosticizing influences around us if we walk in the reality of “Christ Jesus as Lord.” The reason the major cults are cults is because they have defective doctrines of Christ. The Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Christian Science, etc., say, like the Gnostics, that they believe in Christ—but what kind of Christ? Certainly not the Christ of the Scriptures. This is also true of virulent forms of legalism and some of the extreme forms of the “prosperity gospel” which eat away at the fringes of evangelicalism. The safeguard against this is a perpetual bowing before Christ Jesus, the Lord, in line with our initial awareness that we are Christ’s and our sins are forgiven.
IN HIM WALK: en auto peripateite (2PPAM): (Mic 4:2 Ro 6:4; 8:4; 13:13; 1Co 7:17; 2Co 5:7, 10:3; Gal 5:16, 25; Eph 2:10; 4:1, 17; 5:2, 8, 15; Php1:27, 3:16, 17, 18; 1Th 2:12; 4:1, 12; 1Jn 1:6; 2:6; 2Jn 6; 3Jn 1:3, 4, Torrey's Topic Christian Conduct)
See Exposition of Related Passage: Galatians 5:16-note
In Him (see discussion of what it means to be In Christ and in Christ Jesus). A supernatural "walk" is only possible "in Him"! If you don't believe this, then try to do it on your own and in your own power. Then watch God send you a "pop test" and listen to the words that fly out of your mouth before you can even "catch them"! We cannot walk as Christ walked (1Pe 2:21-note) in our own strength, but must continually (even moment by moment) maintain an attitude of humility manifest by a continual dependence upon the Spirit of Christ Who alone can enable us to walk (Php 2:12-note; Php 2:13-note, Ezek 26:27) as more than conquerors (Ro 8:37-note) in the face of the struggles, temptations or tests God allows in our lives.
Walk (4043) (peripateo from peri = around + pateo = walk) (Click word study of peripateo) literally means to walk around and figuratively to live or pass one’s life, "walking" in either the sphere of truth ("in Him") or darkness. Present tense calls for a habitual walk or way of life and imperative mood signifies a command (present imperative). The metaphor of a walk merely consists of two simple steps, repeated over and over again and thus Paul is commanding not a complicated thing but a necessary thing in order to be able to resist delusion.
As A T Robertson puts it
Barnes adds that
Other expositors explain the passages as if Paul were saying
Paul had prayed that spiritual knowledge would lead the Colossian saints to walk (peripateo) in a
In exhorting the Colossians to live out Who was in them, Paul reminded them they "also once walked (peripateo)" in the things that are bringing the wrath of God (Col 3:7-note)
Paul uses peripateo the fourth time in Colossians exhorting the saints --
To keep from being deluded keep walking the way you began. You are on a pilgrimage called "sanctification" heading for the land of glory. We need to continually walk in the sphere of the truth that is found only in Christ Jesus the Way. God did not just give us the map. He also gave us the Spirit of Christ, the Guide for our journey called life (Jn 16:13).
The Guide knows where you are headed, Paul recording that
Wayne Barber reminds us that disciplining our walk means that first
Secondly, Barber says we need to be trusting totally in Christ.
Dr Barber's point is that if it's not Jesus in you initiating the deed, empowering it and anointing it, you can "hang it up!" It may look like a "good" work in your eyes and the eyes of others, but will not bear fruit for eternity (Jn 15:16). We call many things "good" that God calls "evil". Through Isaiah God warned faithless Israel
What God initiates is righteous and it all flows out of a continually dependent attitude which says…
That's when you are walking daily in the same faith that saved you.
Paul commanded the saints at Ephesus to
Writing to the church at Philippi Paul exhorted them to
John says our lips should match our life declaring that
CHRIST-CENTERED FAITH - Some Christians try to live from one dramatic mountaintop experience to another. Their relationship with the Lord is based on their feelings at the moment. They go from Bible conferences to seminars to Bible studies, trying to maintain an emotional high.
Author Creath Davis, referring to his early Christian life, wrote
What's an effective antidote for a feelings-centered faith? According to the apostle Paul in Colossians 2, being Christ-centered is the answer. Having received Christ Jesus by faith, we are instructed to continue to "walk in Him" by faith (Col 2:6) through both the highs and lows of life. By walking in close fellowship with Him each day, we become "rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith" (Col 2:7). We grow steadily into maturity as we focus on Christ and what He has done for us, and not on our feelings. (Ed comment: Feelings can be and often are deceiving!)
Mountaintop experiences can be beneficial, but nothing is more profitable than an ongoing, Christ-centered life of faith. —Joanie Yoder (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved)
With faith in Christ we walk each day,
LEARNING TO WALK - Walking is just one step away from falling. That's why venturing out on two unsteady legs can be frightening to a very young child. Yet children keep at it until walking becomes second nature.
This is similar to learning to "walk" as a Christian. We put our faith into practice one step at a time. Pastor and author F. B. Meyer explains,
Paul urged believers to live by faith so they would become firmly established in their walk with Christ (Col. 2:6, 7). We do that by focusing our thoughts on Him: what He has done, what He is doing now, and what He will do for us. We take a risk by depending completely on Him, obeying His commands, and putting His teaching into practice.
Walking with Christ may sometimes be frightening, but it is the only way to make progress in our spiritual development. Are you walking by His Spirit today? (Gal 5:16) --D J De Haan (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved)
It is our Father's will,
MY sixteen-month-old granddaughter and I were walking along the wide concrete channel in Muskegon, Michigan. I was trying to hurry, but Kelsey was not. She had seen a six inch-high ledge that ran the length of the walkway. Slowly and carefully she climbed on top of the ledge.
After standing there triumphantly for a moment, she cautiously stepped back down. It was quite an accomplishment for a little tyke. Then, perhaps to convince herself that she had mastered the skill, she tried it again. A few feet farther down the walk, she climbed back onto the ledge. I waited for her each time because I knew this was an important phase of her learning.
I also realized that I had something to learn from her.
Scripture portrays the Christian life as a process of growth in which we advance from one stage to the next: from spiritual infancy to maturity; from milk to strong meat; from being rooted in Christ to being firmly established. We may want to be grown up all at once, but we must learn to take one step at a time. That's how spiritual growth occurs.
Like Kelsey, I need to be sure I've mastered one discipline before proceeding to one that is more advanced. Allowing spiritual growth to occur one step at a time will keep me from becoming discouraged in my climb to maturity.—D C Egner (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved)
F B Meyer - Our Daily Homily - When we were first brought to Jesus, we received Him into our hearts by faith. Throwing open the door, we bade Him be welcome; and He came in never to depart again. Though he was viewless as the wind, and silent as light, He came. And there was a perfume as of myrrh, aloes, and cassia; like that which fills the ivory palaces of eternity.
Now the apostle says that all our after Christian life is to be lived on the same principle. The holy life is not an attainment, but an attitude. Holiness is not an acquirement of which we may make a boast, but an openness of soul towards the Lord Jesus, as of a window unshuttered and uncurtained to the light. The believer is never independent of Jesus; but at every moment he is receiving out of his fulness, and grace upon grace. He does not receive his qualities and attributes as things apart from the Lord Jesus; but receiving Him, he obtains them. The holy man is he who has learned the art of receiving Jesus; the holier, who has a greater capacity, through humility and faith; the holiest, he who can receive most of the life of the Son of God.
Our daily life is here compared to a walk. We cannot choose it. There is no alternative but to take what God has marked out for you; though you may choose your atmosphere, or, to use a modern word, your environment. Every step may be taken in Christ; rooted in Him as a tree in rich soil; builded up as a house on a rock; inhaling his very breath as the life of life. And whatever the need may be which the exigencies of the path suggest, there is always an abundant supply in the Lord Jesus, in whom all treasures are hid. He teaches us that we may know; He indwells that we may be.
WALKING WITH JESUS - THE DAILY walk of the Christian soul is so absolutely important because it is our witness to the world. Our character, as exemplified in our behaviour, is the world's only Bible and sermon (2Co 3:2, 3-note). Let us learn to walk so as to please God, and to bless mankind. To walk is at first a Matter of considering every little step, but afterwards it becomes the habit of the soul (Col 1:10-note).
We received Jesus into our hearts by faith. He entered through the open door and became our Lord and Master. In the same manner we must five always and everywhere, receiving from Him, by faith, grace upon grace, and allowing what He works in to work out in all manner of godliness, tenderness, and Christlikeness. This practice of looking to Jesus for grace in every circumstance of life tends to become more and more habitual--and this is what the Apostle means when he says, "Rooted and built up in Him, and stablished in the faith."
But such a walk is only possible when we have learned to "crucify the flesh with the affections and lusts" (Gal 5:24-note; Editorial caveat: I believe this crucifixion is a past tense action - at the time of belief we were co-crucified with Christ [cp Ro 6:6-note, Gal 2:20-note, Gal 6:14-note]. That is our position forevermore. Now however we are to work out our salvation daily by "killing" the fleshly impulses - eg, Col 3:5-note). The flesh is the assertion of our self-life, whether in lesser or grosser forms, but whenever self intrudes it exercises a baleful influence on our behavior and conversation. Just as the iron of the steamer will deflect the needle of the compass, so the intrusion of our self-life will act as a drag upon our character and walk. (Ed: It will "deflect" us away from the Spirit filled/empowered life. What is the antidote? Only one way - Walk by the Spirit [Gal 5:16-note] and then, and only then, you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. Never try to defeat the powerful flesh by using fleshly means such as rules, resolutions, restrictions, self-effort, etc. Only the Spirit can defeat and negate the effects of the flesh. Learn to walk with the Spirit of Christ daily for that alone is the path of victory over the flesh.)
How can we crucify the flesh? Only by allowing the Holy Spirit to have supreme control. He makes the Cross every day dearer and more effective. He will conquer evil habits in us and for us, while we stand by as more than conquerors through His grace. If we will be led by Him, there will not only be deliverance from the self-life, but He will produce in us the fruit of holy living (Gal 5:22-note, Gal 5:23-note) which will please God (Phil 2:13-note where "God Who is at work in" us is the Holy Spirit) and refresh men.
PRAYER - Let Thy Holy Spirit be continually with us, and may we feel the powerful effects of Thy Divine Grace constantly directing and supporting our steps. AMEN. F B Meyer. Our Daily Walk.
Andrew Murray (from Abide in Christ) has these devotional thoughts on Colossians 2:6-7…
Colossians 2:7 having been firmly rooted (RPP) and now being built up (PPP) in Him and established (PPP) in your faith, just as you were instructed (API) and overflowing (PAP) with gratitude. (NASB: Lockman)
Amplified: Have the roots [of your being] firmly and deeply planted [in Him, fixed and founded in Him], being continually built up in Him, becoming increasingly more confirmed and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and abounding and overflowing in it with thanksgiving. (Amplified Bible - Lockman)
Lightfoot: I want you to be firmly rooted, once for all, in him. I desire to see you built up higher in him day by day, to see you growing even stronger and stronger through your faith, while you remain true to the lessons you have been taught, so that you may abound in it, and thus abounding may pour our your heart in gratitude to God, the giver of everything.
Phillips: Grow out of him as a plant grows out of the soil it is planted in, becoming more and more sure of the faith as you were taught it, and your lives will overflow with joy and thankfulness. (Phillips: Touchstone)
Wuest: having been rooted with the present result that you are firmly established, and constantly being built up in Him and constantly being established with reference to the Faith, even as you were instructed, abounding in it in the sphere of thanksgiving. (Eerdmans)
Young's literal: being rooted and built up in him, and confirmed in the faith, as ye were taught -- abounding in it in thanksgiving.
HAVING BEEN FIRMLY ROOTED: errizomenoi (RPPMPN): (Col 1:23; Eze 17:23,24; Ro 11:17 18; Eph 2:21, 22; 3:17; Jude 1:12)
Firmly rooted (4492) (rhizoo from rhiza = root) means to become stable, be rooted, strengthened with roots and figuratively to be firmly fixed, thoroughly grounded. The verb is in the passive voice indicating that this rooting has been done to you by God's act of sovereign grace. The perfect tense indicates past completed action with continuing effect and thus pictures the initial "rooting" the moment we trusted Christ with the result that we continue to be rooted because nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Ro 8:39-note).
The only other NT uses of rhizoo is in Ephesians in the context of Paul's great prayer…
The Lord did the rooting when they were saved, Paul recording a similar truth in Romans declaring that
The verb rhizoo suggests stability, nourishment and life derived from contact with Christ ("in Him"). As a trees roots sink deep into the earth for stability and nourishment, so too our faith should strike deep into the sound doctrine and solid food respecting the Messiah -- these strong roots will hold you forever and forever. Amen.
Scripture frequently alludes to saints as "plants", the psalmist recording that he whose
In Jeremiah God promises
Isaiah describes the purpose of those who are
We should grow in order to glorify the Name of God…
BEING BUILT UP IN HIM: kai epoikodomoumenoi (PPPMPN): (Lk 6:48; Jn 15:4, 15:5; Jude 1:20)
Paul now takes a turn from an agricultural/horticultural metaphor to a building/architectural metaphor (see discussion of importance of recognizing & assessing "terms of comparison").
Built up (2026) (epoikodomeo from epí = upon, Vincent says it indicates the placing of one layer upon another + oikodomeo [from oikos = house + domeo = to build] = build a house) literally means to build upon something already built, "adding to the foundation of a building" (Friberg-Analytical Lexicon), "to build further" (TDNT), to erect a superstructure (an entity, concept, or complex based on a more fundamental one) which is the metaphorical use in 1Co 3:10, Ep 2:20). Epoikodomeo is used figuratively meaning to build up spiritually, to edify or to promote the growth of Christian character (Col 2:7, Jude 1:20).
The papyri afford the following example, “build on it (a sound foundation) your firmness and unshaken resolve” (Moulton and Milligan).
Uses of epoikodomeo in Ancient Greek writings (from Liddell-Scott)…
Upon this foundation was built a wall of brick, fifty feet in breadth and a hundred in height; and the circuit of the wall was six parasangs (parasang = an ancient unit of about four miles). (Xenophon in Seven Volumes, 3)
And when the king had built an idol altar upon God’s Altar, he slew swine upon it, (Josephus Ant. 12, 253)
(of a tower) the building of it was to be continued (Hermas Similitude)
BDAG says here in Colossians (and Acts 20:32) the idea is "to engage in a building process of personal and corporate development."
Enhanced Strong's Lexicon…
To finish the structure of which the foundation has already been laid, to give constant increase in Christian knowledge and in a life conformed thereto.
Louw Nida on the semantic domain consisting of oikodomeo, epoikodomeo, oikodome says the idea is…
to increase the potential of someone or something, with focus upon the process involved—‘to strengthen, to make more able, to build up.’ (Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament : Based on Semantic Domains)
‘to finish the structure of which the foundation has already been laid,’ i.e. in plain language, to give constant increase in Christian knowledge and in a life conformed thereto (Acts 20:32)… with the pass., in fellowship with Christ to grow in spiritual life, (Col. 2:7)… Jude 20, where the sense is, ‘resting on your most holy faith as a foundation, make progress, rise like an edifice higher and higher.’
The 1828 Webster's says edify means to "To instruct and improve the mind in knowledge generally, and particularly in moral and religious knowledge, in faith and holiness."
Epoikodomeo - 7x in 6v - 1Co 3:10, 12, 14; Eph 2:20; Col 2:7; Jude 1:20 and is rendered by the NAS as building(2), builds(2), built(4). (Note Textus Receptus uses epoikodomeo in Acts 20:32)
GOD'S POWERFUL WORD OF GRACE
Acts 20:32 (Paul is addressing the Ephesian elders) And now I commend you (paratithemi = entrust you to care and protection) to God (Always first to God!) and to the Word of His grace, which is able (dunamai in the present tense = continually able) to build you up (epoikodomeo) and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
Comment: Note that in the NASB (from NA27) the verb is oikodomeo, but in the KJV which uses the Textus Receptus the verb is epoikodomeo. Either way, the principle is powerful. What has the inherent power or ability to build up a saint? (in context Paul was addressing the elders at Ephesus but clearly the application is to all Christ followers) The "Word of His grace", a beautiful and poignant description of the precious and powerful logos from the lips of God to undeserving sinners like us! It bespeaks of His great grace. The logos speaks grace into our lives! No wonder grace is so amazing! Grace is a multicolored word with the divine blessings generally falling into one of two categories, either His privileges to saints or His power for saints, the power to live and grow in Christlikeness (transforming power as in 2Ti 2:1-note and 2Cor 12:9-note where the "power" is dunamis = inherent ability to accomplish some task; dunamis describes resurrection power [Ep 1:18, 19], the very power that is available to every believer through the "Spirit of grace" [Heb 10:29] Who indwells us [Ro 8:9] in order to give us power for living and ministry just as He did for Jesus in Luke 4:14!). So we are continually built up with His Word and thereby grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus. (2Pe 3:18-note, cp 1Pe 2:1-note, 1Pe 2, 3-note)
John R de Witt once said - The sermon which is the richest, most profitable, instructive and edifying is the one which is fullest of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Henry Law - Eternal love devised the plan; eternal wisdom drew the model; eternal grace comes down to build it.
1Corinthians 3:10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful (blepo in the present imperative = command to continually keep looking with the idea in this context of taking heed regarding one's Christian works or ministry) how he builds on it… 12 Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw,… 14 If any man's work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. 15 If any man's work is burned up, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as through fire."
Comment: Here we see the vital truth that all our Christian work and ministry must be "built upon" Christ. Paul emphasizes the importance of the correct "building code" and the consequences of utilizing "cheap" building materials. While addressed primarily to preachers and evangelists, the principle is applicable to all believers and their work for the glory of the Lord. If our work is not built upon Christ, we will not be rewarded by Christ at the Bema Seat (2Cor 5:10-note). The truth of future reward was one a great motivation for Paul and should be for us as well. MacArthur qualifies this by noting that "It was not that he wanted glory or honor for himself, or wanted to prove himself better than other Christians, showing them up in Christian service. He wanted the Lord’s highest reward because that would be the most pleasing to the Lord Himself, and would most graphically demonstrate his grateful love." (See The Judgment of the Believer's Works) What does it mean to build on Christ? If we are abiding in the Vine (Jn 15:5), filled with, controlled by the Spirit of Christ (Eph 5:18-note), and walk by the Spirit (Gal 5:16-note), the Spirit will help us, lead us and guide us (Jn 14:16, 26, into those works which were prepared beforehand (Ep 2:10-note) and which will glorify Jesus Christ (Jn 16:14). Works that we do must point to Christ, elevate Christ, glorify Christ.
Comment: Writing to the Ephesians Paul reminded them that the church was not a physical building but a body of individuals "having built upon (epoikodomeo) the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone (akrogoniaios), in Whom the whole building, being fitted together is growing into a holy temple in the Lord; in Whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit. (Ep 2:20-note, Eph 2:21, 22-note)
Fred Beck - You can't build a church with stumbling blocks. (Which are you in you to the body of Christ - an edifying block or a stumbling block?)
Donald Grey Barnhouse - (The household of God) The church of Jesus Christ is not a building where people come together for a religious service, but it is a gathering of people who come together in order to worship God and to build each other by mutual faith and strength.
D L Moody - The best way to revive a church is to build a fire in the pulpit.
Colossians 2:7 having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and (continually being) established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.
Comment: Note that firmly rooted is in the perfect tense, which describes past completed action with ongoing effect. They were "rooted" in Christ in the past and remain rooted in Him! The perfect tense speaks of permanence of their "rooting" which should encourage you if you wrestle with the teaching (with which I do not believe is Scripturally sound doctrine) that you can lose your salvation.
Jude 1:20 But (Jude contrasts believing readers with false teachers) you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit
Comment: Building up is in the present tense signifying continuous "edification" and the active voice identifies this as a choice we must make. The verb tense pictures the building as a process (not an arrival in this lifetime!), i.e., sanctification, progressive growth in Christ-like character. Note also our body is a "temple" of the Holy Spirit 1Cor 3:16. "Faith" in this context is not the faith we personally exercised in our salvation but "the faith" or Gospel teaching about Jesus and His gift of the Spirit, the truths were once for all delivered to the saints in Jude 1:3. This is the foundation upon which they [we] are building Regarding the description of the faith as "holy" Mayor says “The faith here is called ‘most holy’ because it comes to us from God, and reveals God to us, and because it is by its means that man is made righteous, and enabled to overcome the world.” In the Holy Spirit - contrast the description of false teachers as "devoid of the Spirit" Jude 1:19. In this lifelong "construction project", believers are in continual need of the help of the Helper, the Holy Spirit (Jn 14:16, 26, 15:26, 16:7), and one aspect of praying in the Spirit is crying out to Him in times of seemingly overwhelming trials/temptations. Remember that He is for us in the moments of great temptation - don't forget about His presence and His power to help you whether the "storm"! See notes on Heb 2:18 specifically the phrase "come to the aid of")
Being built up is present tense which pictures a continuous process (which would equate with "sanctification" or "present tense salvation" ~ being saved every day). The passive voice ("divine passive") pictures the effective force that brings about this "building up" as coming from without, specifically implying as from God's Spirit Who transforms us from glory to glory (2Cor 3:18-note). Don't misunderstand - this truth of God growing us does not justify the phrase "Let go and Let God." It by no means liberates the saint from daily making "holy" decisions. This basic principle which regarding spiritual growth in grace and Christ likeness is summed up in the letter to the Philippians where Paul encourages them
Jesus used a similar metaphor of building in the conclusion of His "Sermon on the Mount" declaring that
Peter reminded the saints undergoing various trials that they had come
In Him - Christ is the solid rock, the firm foundation. (Related Resource: Scriptures & chart - Christ, the Rock, the Stone) In Him not "upon Him" as might have been expected. In this and in Ephesians (Eph 2:20), Christ is represented as the sphere within which the building goes on. (See comments on In Christ and in Christ Jesus)
John Eadie comments
Barclay adds that
AND ESTABLISHED IN YOUR FAITH: kai bebaioumenoi (PPPMPN) en te pistei: (Col 1:23; 1Cor 15:58; ; 2Thes 2:17; 1Pe 5:10; 2Pe 3:17, 18; Jude 1:24)
In classical Greek from the 5th cent. B.C. bebaios acquires the meaning of firm, durable, unshakeable, sure, reliable, certain; and in the legal sphere, valid, legal <> bebaios is derived from baino = fit to tread on = having a firm foundation) is a verb which means to make sure or certain, to prove valid or reliable or to verify and (in legal language) to guarantee. In short, bebaioo was used in secular Greek as a legal technical term meaning "to designate properly guaranteed security".
Bebaioo means to make firm or reliable so as to warrant security and inspire confidence. The passive voice indicates that the effect of establishing or confirming is the produced by an outside source (the "divine passive", the Holy Spirit). The present tense indicates that this is an ongoing process in every believer's. The more we walk in Him, totally trusting Him, nourished by His Word and our Teacher His Spirit, the more established in the faith we become.
Bebaioo - 8x in the NT - Mk. 16:20; Rom. 15:8; 1 Co. 1:6, 8; 2 Co. 1:21; Col. 2:7; Heb. 2:3; 13:9
The NAS renders bebaioo as confirm(2), confirmed(3), established(1), establishes(1), strengthened(1).
Paul explains that believers are established through the gospel of Jesus Christ writing to the Romans
Paul writes to the Corinthians that
Wayne Barber relates his story about 10 individuals who were very instrumental in his early faith, 5 of whom have strayed from Christ being the central message of their preaching! We must all be alert to the danger that if we stop trusting Jesus and Him alone and stop obeying His Word, we too are at risk of straying into empty philosophies which is really just something added to Jesus and anything added to Jesus is heresy. He Alone is sufficient. We are complete in Christ and need to spend the remainder of our earthly existence seeking to know more and how that is worked out in practical Christian living. Why are we so easily swayed from this main goal… to know Him and the power of His resurrection (Php 3:10-note)?
Your faith - this is more literally "the faith" and probably does not refer to their subjective belief, their trust in Christ by which they were saved (although some commentaries interpret it that way). "The faith" probably instead refers to the object of their faith, what they believed, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. See study of the specific phrase "the faith (pistis)"
MacArthur explains that…
Melick adds that…
JUST AS YOU WERE INSTRUCTED AND OVERFLOWING WITH GRATITUDE: kathos edidacthete (2PAPI) perisseuontes (PAPMN) en aute en eucharistia:
Paul has just used the term "the faith" which as noted speaks the doctrine that was believed upon, the content of the teachings, and now follows up with "just as you were instructed" in that sound Gospel doctrine. The importance of teaching is stressed emphatically.
Instructed (1321) (didasko from dáo= know or teach; English = didactic; see study of related noun didaskalia and the adjective didaktikos) means to provide instruction or information in a formal or informal setting.
It means to teach a student in such a way that the will of the student becomes conformed to the teaching taught. So the teacher teaches in such a way that as the student is taught, he now changes his mind saying in essence ''I won't do it this way (empowered by God's Spirit and under grace not law), but I will do it this way because I've learned this teaching.''
John MacArthur writes that didasko
The teaching which already has brought them out of darkness into light is to be the guide of their present faith. We find a parallel thought in Galatians where Paul writes
Overflowing (4052) (perisseuo) (great quantities of, copiously supplied) (present tense = continually, as a habit of one's life) means super abounding, abounding richly in that which ought never to be absent from any of our devotions; namely, the grateful acknowledgment to God that they had been made acquainted with truths so precious and glorious respecting . As result of the fact that we are rooted and are being continually built up and established, we are to add be abounding with thankfulness.
Are you overflowing with gratitude for what God has done for you or are you overwhelmed with the worries? Paul is describing the "victorious" Christian life, wherein you are expressing abundant thanks to God that the eyes of your heart have been opened to these great truths so precious and glorious and life changing. If there is any thing for which we ought to be thankful, it is for the knowledge of the great truths respecting our Lord and Saviour.
Perisseuo - 39x in 35v - Matt. 5:20; 13:12; 14:20; 15:37; 25:29; Mk. 12:44; Lk. 9:17; 12:15; 15:17; 21:4; Jn. 6:12f; Acts 16:5; Rom. 3:7; 5:15; 15:13; 1 Co. 8:8; 14:12; 15:58; 2 Co. 1:5; 3:9; 4:15; 8:2, 7; 9:8, 12; Eph. 1:8; Phil. 1:9, 26; 4:12, 18; Col. 2:7; 1 Thess. 3:12; 4:1, 10
The NAS renders perisseuo as abound(8), abounded(1), abounding(1), abundance(3), abundant(1), better(1), cause to abound(1), cause to abound*(1), excel(2), have an abundance(3), have more than enough(1), having abundance(1), increasing(1),lavished(m)(1), left over(4), leftover(1), live in prosperity(1), make abound(1), overflowed(1), overflowing(2),surpasses(1), surplus(2).
Illustration of Overflowing with Thankfulness…
Eucharistia - 15x in 15v in the NAS translated - giving of thanks(3), gratefully*(1), gratitude(2), thankfulness(1), thanks(2), thanksgiving(4), thanksgivings(2).
Acts 24:3 we acknowledge this in every way and everywhere, most excellent Felix, with all (complete) thankfulness.
1 Corinthians 14:16 Otherwise if you bless in the spirit only, how will the one who fills the place of the ungifted (unlearned) say the "Amen " at your giving of thanks, since he does not know what you are saying?
2 Corinthians 4:15 For all things are for your sakes, so that the grace which is spreading to more and more people may cause the giving of thanks to abound (same verb as in Col 2:7 - perisseuo) to the glory of God.
2 Corinthians 9:11 you will be enriched in everything for all liberality, which through us is producing thanksgiving to God. 12 For the ministry of this service is not only fully supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing through many thanksgivings to God.
Ephesians 5:4-note and there must be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.
Philippians 4:6-note Be anxious ( + negative = stop this or don't let this begin) for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
Colossians 2:7 having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.
1 Thessalonians 3:9-note For what thanks can we render to God for you in return for all the joy with which we rejoice before our God on your account,
1 Timothy 2:1 First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men,
1 Timothy 4:3 men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude;
Revelation 4:9-note And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever,
Revelation 7:12-note saying, "Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen."
Paul reminds us that there are no exceptions to a thankful spirit but that we are to
The call for a thankful spirit permeates the Colossian epistle, Paul opening with a prayer that the saints might be strengthened and enabled to
In Colossians 3 Paul sums it up them that in
The writer of Hebrews adds that
Paul explains how this attitude of gratitude is possible writing that we are to understand that this is
Warren Wiersbe wrote that …
Have you learned to be thankful in everything? You can't do it can you? Neither can I. But God can and He has given us His Spirit. This attitude of gratitude is not just "grin and bear it" but involves prayer, the power of the Holy Spirit (His power is an absolute necessity) and finally a volitional choice in each situation or circumstance to submit to the leading of the Spirit Who will change our "don't want to" to a "want to" and enable us to speak and show gratitude. That means you do not grumble, complain and criticize. That's what the fallen flesh does! But as you are filled with/controlled by the Spirit and chose moment by moment to walk by the Spirit, then (and only then) will the temptation to grumble and complain be eradicated and replaced by gratitude. As Paul says in one of the most important passages in the NT in regard to Christian living
To be thankful means to find something in every situation for which you can genuinely be grateful, but to reiterate, you must beware of relying on your own intrinsic power to be grateful. Trust in the Lord and learn to lean on His Spirit Who alone can produce the supernatural fruit of this God glorifying, Christ exalting attitude of gratitude. Paul reminds the Christians at Colossae that they have already accepted Christ as their Lord, and bids them now walk in Him, to walk in the power of the Spirit of Christ.
Lightfoot said that… :
GRATITUDE OR GRUMBLING - Imagine being given a bowl of sand containing tiny particles of iron, and you are told to remove the iron from the sand. You have two choices. You can pull your fingers through the sand, searching for specks of iron but finding very few. Or you can pull a magnet through the sand and watch it attract countless bits of iron.
Like the fingers in the sand, the grumbling heart finds very few mercies. But as the grateful heart moves through life, it finds countless blessings, just as the magnet finds iron.
Of all the choices we make in life, few affect us more powerfully than our choice between gratitude and grumbling. An honest look at our lives will reveal which choice we have made. If it's grumbling, we probably see few blessings. If it's gratitude, we not only find innumerable blessings—they seem to find us!
Paul taught that a heart overflowing with thankfulness comes from being grounded in faith (Colossians 2:7). In Philippians, he pled with the believers, even repeating himself: "Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!" (Php 4:4-note).
Which choice have you made? Grumbling or gratitude? (Ed comment: The Spirit is working in us to give us the will or want to and also the power to not grumble. Php 2:13-note. Depend on His power!) Grumbling overlooks blessings, but gratitude finds blessings everywhere—even in dry, sandy places! —J E Yoder (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved)
FINDING THE TRUTH- How would you answer the following questions:
According to George Barna and Mark Hatch in their book Boiling Point, many people who call themselves Christians have a hard time with questions like these. When Barna and Hatch surveyed professing believers, one-fourth said Jesus committed sins, one-third said He did not rise from the dead, and one-third said all religions are basically the same.
These are troubling statistics, for they reveal a serious lack of biblical understanding (Ed comment: Yes, that is true, but it could also signify that appreciable numbers of so-called "Christians" are not truly born again, new creatures in Christ). The answers to the questions above are concepts that are clearly defined in Scripture and are foundational to the truth of the Gospel.
So, what can we do to make sure that we are "established in the faith"? (Colossians 2:7). First, we must dedicate ourselves to read and study the Bible (Ed: Confess known sin which will quench your desire for anything holy, including the Holy Spirit and the Holy Word. See 1Pe 2:1-note noting what one must do before he is "like a newborn babe" in 1Pe 2:2-note. Note also that verse 2 clearly gives the "formula" for how one grows in respect to salvation and spiritual maturity! Note that it is not devotionals, not commentaries, not Christian novels but the "pure milk of the Word." cp Jesus' clear teaching Mt 4:4).
Second, we should seek the help of godly teachers and dependable resources (Ed: I strongly recommend that you consider learning how to "feed yourself" with inductive Bible study. The inductive technique takes some time to hone the skills of observation, but you will come to agree it is more than worth the time and effort! See an introductory power point I've put together - and try to view it in full screen Click here for Introduction to Inductive Bible Study using PowerPoint - Click for Introduction to Inductive Bible Study using PowerPoint (2002) - Hint: View in "Slide Show" mode [see icons at bottom of the Power Point frame - click the one that says "Slide Show" - you can hit your "Escape" key at any time to revert back to the normal screen] - each mouse click will progressively give more information on each slide and make your viewing more "interactive".)
Third, we must ask God to lead us to truth and to keep us from error (cp Jn 14:17, 15:26, 16:13, 14, cp 1Jn 2:20, 27 which is in the context of false teachers.)
As God's people, we must love the truth, look for the truth, and live by the truth. —Dave Branon (Our Daily Bread, Copyright RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved)
FOR FURTHER STUDY
Jesus didn't sin: 2Cor 5:21; Heb 4:15; 1Pe. 1:19; 2:22.
Jesus was resurrected: John 20-21; 1Cor. 15:1-20.
Jesus is the only way to God: John 14:6; Acts 4:12.
Truth is not determined by how many people believe it.
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