Colossians 2: Chasing Freedom in God

As I read Colossians 2 more and more I see Paul as a father agonizing over his children. He keeps praying and imploring them to do the right thing. I see the scary time when you’ve done all you can for your children, but now they must stand up and do what you’ve taught them to do.

For many parents, it’s a time of terror and great joy.

Colossians 2 focuses mainly on our freedom in Christ. When Jesus came to die for us he saved us from our sins, but he also warned us about becoming like the Pharisees of his day. These are the people who attend church but forget the main message of Christ.

What is the message of Christ?

  1. Love the lord with your entire heart.
  2. Love your neighbor as yourself.
  3. Go into the world and make disciples.

If we focus on these 3 things, we will fulfill everything God has planned for us. However, we often get focused on ourselves and tend to view ourselves and think we are more important than we are. When that happens we tend to judge others and legalism is born.

But if we go a little deeper, in Colossians 2 Paul reminds us of the freedom we have in Jesus. We are no longer bound to the law, or what the law demands of us. Therefore legalism should not have a hold in our lives.

Nor should we be judging our neighbors.

Instead, we must remember that we are bound to a higher, more spiritual law that comes from God himself.

Think about what Jesus said, even if you look lustfully at a woman, you’ve committed adultery. Everything is at a higher level in the new covenant.

But while the bar is higher, so are the rewards.

Colossians 2: Don’t Be Deceived By Well-Crafted Arguments

I want you to know how much I have agonized for you and for the church at Laodicea, and for many other believers who have never met me personally. I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself. In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

I am telling you this so no one will deceive you with well-crafted arguments. For though I am far away from you, my heart is with you. And I rejoice that you are living as you should and that your faith in Christ is strong.

Colossians 2:1-5

We have to stay awake and stay wary of people who have well-crafted arguments.

This means we need to know what we believe and why we believe it. I tell people all the time I question my beliefs regularly. It’s not a matter of doubting, it’s a matter of learning. Is your faith that weak that you won’t stand firm against a silly argument?

Question it now while you’re alone, and find the answers. The truth is that Jesus is the way. And I don’t say that lightly. I’ve tried to debunk my beliefs.

But every time I’ve found my way back to God.

I’ve searched for other religions, and they always seem empty and pointless. All I’ve ever wanted in life is to search for the truth and eventually find it. I’ve found that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. It’s the only way I can function now. And I hope for you too.

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Colossians 2: Freedom from Rules and New Life in Christ

And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. Let your roots grow down into him and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.

Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ. For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. 10 So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority.

11 When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision—the cutting away of your sinful nature. 12 For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him, you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.

13 You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. 14 He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. 15 In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.

Colossians 2:6-15

Colossians 2 goes into what freedoms we have been given in Christ. Paul says we are brought back to life in Christ, and that’s not an analogy. Our spirits will come back to life when we choose to follow Jesus.

Some people think that walking to the altar at the end of a church service and saying a quick prayer is what saves them. But In Colossians 2 Paul goes into being saved in more detail.

When we are saved we become dead to sin and alive in Christ. This means the things of old shouldn’t have as much hold on us as they once did. For some people, this happens instantly, and for others, it takes a long time. However, if you’re working on things it doesn’t mean you’re not saved.

It just means God is still working on you. None of us are perfect, and all of us are a work in progress until we walk into heaven. At that point, God fast-tracks us or something.

Either way, Colossians 2 is a great description of the salvation process. This covers what Jesus did, and what we have to do.

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Colossians 2:16-23 Don’t Let Others Set Rules For Your Life

16 So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths. 17 For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality. 18 Don’t let anyone condemn you by insisting on pious self-denial or the worship of angels, saying they have had visions about these things. Their sinful minds have made them proud, 19 and they are not connected to Christ, the head of the body. For he holds the whole body together with its joints and ligaments, and it grows as God nourishes it.

20 You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the spiritual powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the rules of the world, such as 21 “Don’t handle! Don’t taste! Don’t touch!”? 22 Such rules are mere human teachings about things that deteriorate as we use them. 23 These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires.

Colossians 2:!6-23

In Colossians 2:16 Paul drops some epic truth here. In the past churches have done a poor job of accepting people. They’ve had the mentality that they don’t want others to make them or their community unclean.

They didn’t like having a bad perception or something along those lines.

However, the people they rejected and turned away are the people Jesus came to save. I saw this firsthand doing street ministry at Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

I’ve seen people claiming to be Christians hurting other people with words and actions. I’ve seen people make demands on others that they probably couldn’t do.

While we have to fight sin, we can’t throw the people out. Christians must realize that God still loves these people, and he even died for them. We must show love above everything, but find a way to be clear about sin too.

We are all broken people, and when people come to a church they expect some sort of help, healing, or comfort. Sometimes they don’t receive it and that’s on the individual who didn’t reach out.

This goes nicely into my next point. Added Rules and regulations. I hate these, and yes I used the word hate because they draw people’s attention away from the presence of God.

God set us free and there are many people in the church today trying to put everyone back into shackles. They use different tools like class, looks, ethnicity, and whatever differences they can find.

We are all created by God, we are one race from Adam and Eve created by God. We are his children and Jesus commanded us to love one another because God loved us first. And that’s what we should be doing.

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