Asceticism-Colossians 2:6-10

Colossians 2:6-10 “So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. 8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. 9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.”

Colossesi 2:6-10 “Come dunque avete ricevuto Cristo Gesù, il Signore, così camminate in lui; 7 radicati ed edificati in lui, saldi nella fede, come vi è stata insegnata, e abbondando nel ringraziamento 8 Guardate che nessuno faccia di voi sua preda con la filosofia e con vani raggiri secondo la tradizione degli uomini e gli elementi del mondo e non secondo Cristo; 9 perché in lui abita corporalmente tutta la pienezza della Deità; 10 e voi avete tutto pienamente in lui, che è il capo di ogni principato e di ogni potestà;”


     The fourth major issue facing the Colossian church was asceticism which is the practice of abstention from self-indulgence and self-denial as a measure of spiritual discipline. The Colossians were under the misconception that spirituality was attained by punishing the flesh and therefore the person who did this would emerge with a higher degree of sanctification. When their spiritual life was not victorious, they began to rely on externals acts and forms to compensate for their weakness. This great heresy taught that practicing self-denial and suffering was meritorious in the sight of God. However, this is contrary to the power of the Gospel in our lives.

     Our righteousness can never be achieved by the works of the flesh. It was Isaiah who looked at the ritual actions of religion and said, “all our righteous acts are like filthy rags;” (Isaiah 64:6). Colossians 2:9-10 makes the case that “in Christ all the fullness of the Deity” resides. The word “fullness” occurs twice in this passage. First referring to the full measure in Christ and, secondly, our fullness (or completeness) is found in Christ who provides power and authority to live in righteousness. 2 Peter 1:3 also reminds us that “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness…” 

Pray with me: Lord, I know that You live in me and have given me power to live for You. Help me to not to be deceived by any form of righteousness other than the fullness of Christ that comes from You alone.

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