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A Deep Concern (7 of 15)
The Book of Colossians
1. Our message last week had to do with the mystery of the
Church revealed through Paul--that all men, Jew and Gentile, alike, have been made one in Christ--in His body: Col. 1:27, "To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."
2. This evening we turn our attention to chapter two, as Paul
shifts his thoughts somewhat. In (vs.1), he mentions the Church of Laodicea and the concern he has for them. Of course, he also mentions the Colossians: "For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you and for them at Ladoicea..."
3. And what was his concern? It is obvious that the
Laodiceans were not as grounded in the essentials of the Christian life and biblical teachings, as was the church at Colossae.
a. Apparently some had been caught up on the false
teachings of Gnosticism. Gnosticism was a heretical doctrine that taught that man's spirit was divine, but that the body was evil. They looked upon all earthly matter as evil. They believed in spiritual knowledge over physical behavior--that all men could be saved, regardless of how they lived.
b. Some Gnostic groups promoted the belief that Christ
was a pure spirit and only had a phantom body; Jesus just appeared to be human to his followers. That's why Paul reaffirms in (vs.9), "For in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily."
4. As concerned as Paul was about the dangerous teachings
of Gnosticism and many of the other offshoots of false doctrine, he had a concern about something else...and this "something else" was really foundational to everything he was talking about.
a. Note (vs.2): It was "that their hearts might be
comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the m ...
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