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Colossians 2

December 1, 2007

Here’s how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people’s insights.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

~ writer of insightful posts about God and faith

24 thoughts on “Colossians 2”

  1. v.23 Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom …but they lack any value …

    I think herein lies the problem of man made rules – they have the appearance of wisdom. They appear to be spiritual. They appear to be beneficial. It is only when we really think and consider their impact on people’s lives that we realize they are grossly lacking in value.

  2. v.23 Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom …but they lack any value …

    I think herein lies the problem of man made rules – they have the appearance of wisdom. They appear to be spiritual. They appear to be beneficial. It is only when we really think and consider their impact on people’s lives that we realize they are grossly lacking in value.

  3. Susan, I have a hankerin for something new. Do you have any uniquely aussie snacks that you could share?

    v8 I read a letter from a pastor to a parrishoner that they tosed out of their church. It was all about the way this person no longer ascribed to the DOCTRINE of their church. How they did not follow the rules of their church, the etc etc of their church. Nothing about that person not following christ. Interesting.

    v14 Talking to the gentiles saying that the covenant that was only for the Jews, those prohibitions are now gone. That is a wonderful thing for all of us gentiles.

  4. Susan, I have a hankerin for something new. Do you have any uniquely aussie snacks that you could share?

    v8 I read a letter from a pastor to a parrishoner that they tosed out of their church. It was all about the way this person no longer ascribed to the DOCTRINE of their church. How they did not follow the rules of their church, the etc etc of their church. Nothing about that person not following christ. Interesting.

    v14 Talking to the gentiles saying that the covenant that was only for the Jews, those prohibitions are now gone. That is a wonderful thing for all of us gentiles.

  5. Lets see Nate … I could bring some party pies and sausage rolls or since I perfer sweet things I’d rather bring lamingtons and pavlova. Just don’t ask for Vegemite sandwiches because although they are very Australian I don’t happen to like Vegemite (or the variations – Promite, Marmite etc).

    v.5 “delight to see how orderly you are”
    “orderly” is sort of a funny thing to compliment them on, do you think? I check in The Message and it uses the word “orderly” too.

  6. Lets see Nate … I could bring some party pies and sausage rolls or since I perfer sweet things I’d rather bring lamingtons and pavlova. Just don’t ask for Vegemite sandwiches because although they are very Australian I don’t happen to like Vegemite (or the variations – Promite, Marmite etc).

    v.5 “delight to see how orderly you are”
    “orderly” is sort of a funny thing to compliment them on, do you think? I check in The Message and it uses the word “orderly” too.

  7. LOL

    we certainly aren’t too orderly these days …

    What a great book

    I’m awestruck by the first 3 verses.

    1 For I want you to know how great a struggle I have on your behalf ….
    and for all those who have not personally seen my face,

    The faith that spread like wildfire … some of them had not even met Paul yet. Just another example that Christ will spread His good news no matter who’s hands it is in. Even while the one chosen to spread the good news is in jail it spreads anyway. God’s work not ours .. we are simply vessels.

    2 that their hearts may be encouraged,

    having been knit together in love,

    and attaining to all the

    wealth

    that comes from the

    full assurance of understanding,

    resulting in

    a true knowledge

    of God’s mystery,

    that is, Christ Himself,

    3 in whom are

    hidden

    all the treasures of

    wisdom and knowledge.

    WOW !

  8. LOL

    we certainly aren’t too orderly these days …

    What a great book

    I’m awestruck by the first 3 verses.

    1 For I want you to know how great a struggle I have on your behalf ….
    and for all those who have not personally seen my face,

    The faith that spread like wildfire … some of them had not even met Paul yet. Just another example that Christ will spread His good news no matter who’s hands it is in. Even while the one chosen to spread the good news is in jail it spreads anyway. God’s work not ours .. we are simply vessels.

    2 that their hearts may be encouraged,

    having been knit together in love,

    and attaining to all the

    wealth

    that comes from the

    full assurance of understanding,

    resulting in

    a true knowledge

    of God’s mystery,

    that is, Christ Himself,

    3 in whom are

    hidden

    all the treasures of

    wisdom and knowledge.

    WOW !

  9. lol

    Love the names on some of the food you brought Susan.

    Lamingtons???

    Can you translate some of these? Before I eat them?

  10. lol

    Love the names on some of the food you brought Susan.

    Lamingtons???

    Can you translate some of these? Before I eat them?

  11. Lamingtons are square of sponge cake dipped in chocolate and rolled in coconut. Yummy!

    Pavlova is meringue (made from whipped egg whites) and decorated with cream and fruit – strawberries are very popular especially this time of year, kiwi fruit and passionfruit are also common on pavlovas, and also very yummy!

    I’m feeling rather hungry just writing about them so I hope you enjoy them, Wendy 🙂

  12. Lamingtons are square of sponge cake dipped in chocolate and rolled in coconut. Yummy!

    Pavlova is meringue (made from whipped egg whites) and decorated with cream and fruit – strawberries are very popular especially this time of year, kiwi fruit and passionfruit are also common on pavlovas, and also very yummy!

    I’m feeling rather hungry just writing about them so I hope you enjoy them, Wendy 🙂

  13. v.2-3 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

    We only gain the full riches of a complete understanding by being united in love and encouraged in heart. We can’t gain complete understanding on our own we need to be related to others. Together we can know Christ in a way that we can’t in isolation.

  14. v.2-3 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

    We only gain the full riches of a complete understanding by being united in love and encouraged in heart. We can’t gain complete understanding on our own we need to be related to others. Together we can know Christ in a way that we can’t in isolation.

  15. v.6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord…

    Christ (speaks of his deity)
    Jesus (speaks of his humanity)
    Lord (speaks of his sovereignty)

  16. v.6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord…

    Christ (speaks of his deity)
    Jesus (speaks of his humanity)
    Lord (speaks of his sovereignty)

  17. v.7 continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

    We are to continue. It is a process. As we continue we become rooted, built up and strengthened in Christ.

  18. v.7 continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.

    We are to continue. It is a process. As we continue we become rooted, built up and strengthened in Christ.

  19. v.9-10 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.

    Christ is fully God and fully man. We, who are in Christ, share in his fullness! God lives in us! Therefore we have everything we will ever need.

  20. v.9-10 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority.

    Christ is fully God and fully man. We, who are in Christ, share in his fullness! God lives in us! Therefore we have everything we will ever need.

  21. v.17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.

    The Mosaic Law was a shadow and now the reality has come we are not bound by the Mosaic Law.

  22. v.17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.

    The Mosaic Law was a shadow and now the reality has come we are not bound by the Mosaic Law.

  23. v.22-23 These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.

    Interesting that the errors of the past that Paul is addressing in this chapter (see below) still crop up today under different names, such as New Age (which isn't new at all!):

    1."Higher" knowledge (Gnosticism)
    2.Observance of laws to win God's favour (legalism)
    3.Beings other than Christ, such as angels, spirit guides, pastors, who mediate between people and God (mysticism)
    4.Abstinence to earn merit with God (asceticism).

    (From Constable's commentary)

  24. v.22-23 These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.

    Interesting that the errors of the past that Paul is addressing in this chapter (see below) still crop up today under different names, such as New Age (which isn't new at all!):

    1."Higher" knowledge (Gnosticism)
    2.Observance of laws to win God's favour (legalism)
    3.Beings other than Christ, such as angels, spirit guides, pastors, who mediate between people and God (mysticism)
    4.Abstinence to earn merit with God (asceticism).

    (From Constable's commentary)

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