Mysticism-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 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 third deception that the Colossian church faced was mysticism. Mysticism can be viewed in different ways but the Colossians were being introduced to a philosophy of mysticism that was achieved by the pursuit and openness to communion, identification and awareness of God through visions, experiences and ultimately spiritual truth. In other words: by turning the foundation of Christianity into a religion of mystical experiences. What was occurring was a hijacking of their faith into a mystical form that only certain selected ones could perceive the knowledge of God: “hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition…rather than on Christ”.

     Pentecostal believers can be led astray because we embrace the ministry gifts of the Holy Spirit as active today. Joel 2:28 states that in the last days “Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.” As Pentecostals, however, we are not mystics to be carried away by our own imaginations or ideas of what we dream. We must remember that the Lord is the source of all ministry gifts and be vigilant not to separate the foundation of our faith away from Christ and the Scriptures. We should be led by the Spirit and equally grounded in the Word. 

Pray with me: Lord, I want my faith to be based solidly on Christ and God’s Word. I also want to be yielded to the work of the Holy Spirit. Help me to keep these as an active part of my spiritual life.

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