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The Epistle to The Colossians, Chapter 2
Part 4 of 6
"Beware the Pretenders!", (II)
Dr. Harley Howard
8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and
vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the
rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Certainly by now we have discovered in this study of
Colossians that we who are in Christ are learning more
of who He is and of who we are in Him, possibly for the
first time. There can be no question so far in our
look in this epistle that in Christ alone, the believer
has everything he or she needs to live the Christian
life to the fullest. In Christ, we are complete. In
fact, last time we were together we looked at a list
that was taken from just the first 1 1/2 chapters alone
of this epistle of who Jesus is. We must remember that
because Jesus is preeminent in everything, the
salvation that He provides is complete and
comprehensive. It is because of who Jesus is that
makes this salvation so great.
Now you would think after looking at this list that
this would end any questions as to one's sufficiency in
Christ and in the great salvation that He provides.
But this is not the case for many professing believers.
In spite of everything we already have, still many who
are professing Christians are being led astray from
pretenders. The pretenders are those who offer
something that is either added to Christianity as a
supplement to it or offer something better than
Christianity. The truth is that there is nothing that
can be added to genuine Christianity and certainly
nothing is better that Christianity. So why is there
still a problem with people falling to pretenders, to
fakes, to hucksters, to heretics? Before we answer
that question, It is needful to look at verse 8 in
detail and heed the warning concerning the pretenders
of the faith.
In verse 8, Paul tells the reader to beware. The word
"beware" means to: m ...
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