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A Continued Warning (9 of 15)
The Book of Colossians
1. Last week our lesson was entitled, "A Two-Fold
Warning." Our two points were: Worldly Philosophy, and Religious Legalism."
2. Tonight Paul continues his warnings. There were certain
dangers facing not only the Colossians, but also the Laodiceans...we see that in (vs.1).
a. Let me give you two main points to our outline:
I. A Warning Against False Mysticism
II. A Warning Against Asceticism
I. A WARNING AGAINST FALSE MYSTICISM
A. The danger in worshipping angels (vs.18)
1. You will remember my comments on the heresy of
Gnosticism. The Colossian church had been heavily influenced by the teaching of intermediaries or mediators between God and man.
a. I'll say more about it in a moment, but let just
say, there is no mediator between God and man, except Jesus Christ. 1 Tim. 2:5 puts it like this: "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus."
2. What was happening in the churches in the early
years is still going on in many of our churches today--the visions, miracles, apparitions of Mary, the appearance of angels. As a result, many of these people claim a place of prominence and pride because of their so-called ability to have extra powers to communicate with the supernatural (vs.18b)
a. Let me tell you, anytime a man or woman claims
to be able to receive something from an angel or from a vision, they have violated the Word of God. Here's what Jesus said, "For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:  And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book" (Rev. 22:18-19).
3. Eve ...
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