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March 4th, 2018 - Col 2:18

                      Daily Devotional <> March 4, 2018 <> Sunday

            Christ's sufficiency Verses legalism <> Colossians 2:18

                          Point of Contact <> Bro. Ben Van Winkle

 

   It is difficult to know the exact meaning of this verse, because we do not know exactly what the Gnostics taught. Maybe it meant that these people pretended to be humble that they would not dare to approach God directly. Maybe they taught that you could approach God through angels, & in their supposed humility they worshiped angels instead of the Lord. Something similar to this today in our world today. There are Roman Catholics who say that they would not think of praying directly to God or to the Lord Jesus, & so their motto is “To Jesus through Mary.” This, to me is false humility on their part & worshiping of a created being. Christians should not allow any one to rob them of their reward by such unscriptural practices. The Word is clear that there is “One Mediator between God & men, the Man Christ Jesus” (1 Tim 2:5)

   The Apostle Paul goes on with the obscure expression: intruding into those things which he has not seen. The Gnostics professed to have deep, secret mysteries, & in order to learn what these mysteries were, a person had to be initiated. Perhaps their secrets included so-called visions. Supposed visions are an important element in such present day heresies as Mormonism, Spiritism, Catholicism, & Swedenborgianism. Those who were members of the inner circle were naturally proud of their secret knowledge. Paul adds; Vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind. They considered themselves superior to others & created the impression that one could be happy only through entering into these deep secrets. We might pause here for a second & say that much of this is characteristic of our day. The Christian who is walking in fellowship with his Lord will have neither time nor sympathy for such organizations.

   The important point to notice in this verse is that the various religious practices of these men were performed according to their own will. They had no Scriptural authority. They did not act in subjection to Christ. They became vainly puffed up by the mind of their flesh because they were doing exactly what they wanted to do, in independence of the Lord; Yet their conduct appeared to be humble & religious.