The Fullness of God in Christ-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;”


     This section begins the concluding remarks that Paul began teaching in Colossians 1:15 on Jesus being the divine firstborn of all creation; He is the exalted reconciler who made peace for mankind through the cross. Therefore, Paul says that since we have received Christ, we should live in Him by being rooted in the Word, strengthened in the faith and have a thankful heart.

     Following this, Paul gives a warning to those who don’t follow this advice. The Colossian church had fallen into heresy that was diverting them from Christ. What was this “hollow and deceptive philosophy”? It was really a combination of 4 things: Gnosticism, legalism, mysticism and asceticism. This week we will deal with the topic of Gnosticism which basically teaches that everything material is evil, God is unknowable, does not deal with sin and salvation is achieved by obtaining special knowledge.

     Each point is contrary to what we receive in Christ. Paul doesn’t condemn the study of philosophy but rather those that teach hollow and deceptive imagery. Philosophy is the love of wisdom but if one loves wisdom that is not of Christ (“In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” Colossians 2:3), he loves an empty and deceitful philosophy.

     Paul then tells us that not only is all the “fullness” of God in Christ (v. 9) but we as believers have been given this fullness. Christ is the head over all power and authority. You don’t need “special knowledge” to believe in Christ. He is knowable and His life provided forgiveness for our sins.

Pray with me: Lord, I live in a world that tries to pull me into its philosophies. As a believer, help me to be firmly grounded in Your Word, strengthened in my faith and live a thankful life in the fullness of Christ.

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