by Jeff Strite

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Jesus Is Lord Because Of How He Rules (4 of 9)
Series: Jesus Is Lord
Jeff Strite
Colossians 2:1-23

OPEN: He brushed his teeth twice a day and the doctor examined him twice a year. He wore galoshes when it rained, slept with the windows open, stuck to a diet with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and got at least 8 hours of sleep every night. He never smoked, drank, or lost his temper. He exercised every day. He was all set to live to be 100.
(pause…) The funeral will be Wednesday. He was only 53. He is survived by 18 specialists, 4 health institutions, 6 gymnasiums, and numerous manufacturers of health foods and drugs.

APPLY: He followed all the rules. He imposed upon himself a strict regimen.
He did everything he was told to do to have a long life… and yet he still died.
All the specialists,
all the health institutions
all the gymnasiums
all the manufacturers of health food and drugs…
and all the rules and regulations that he abided by…
still couldn't help him attain his goal
He still died.

Now, if you were to listen to the health gurus of our day, you might be fooled into believing that if you did everything right, you could live almost forever. And yet, many of us realize that EVEN if you follow all the rules and take strict care of our bodies… we can still die at any time.
Such behavior MIGHT make our lives more healthy or more wholesome… but there is no guarantee of that either.

I. The Colossian Church was being visited by spiritual gurus offering similar assurances. These were false teachers - GUARENTEEING that their teachings would make anyone who followed their instructions acceptable to God... and if they dutifully followed those instructions, they could live for eternity.

Paul referred to the teachings of these individuals as being…
· hollow and deceptive philosophy (vs. 8)
· based upon ''human tradition''
· and following ''the principles of this world'' vs. being based on Christ

What was this false theology? ...

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