Guard What You Have Learned—Day 5

By on Apr 21, 2017 in Guard What You Have Learned | 1 comment

Guard What You Have Learned—Day 5 Colossians 2: 8 “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.” We conclude this week’s devotional meditating on this thought: What Christ has offered us in the gospel is sufficient for all men. Paul is reminding the Colossians there could be no Christ plus something else, but just Christ only. Many erroneous teachings have gained access into the house of God because there are some who refuse to accept only the work Christ has done. They were intermingling teachings. What Christ offers us does not need endorsement from neither contemporary or past scholars. His word is enough and has always been enough. Our devotional passage says, “rather than according to Christ.” The...

Guard What You Have Learned—Day 4

By on Apr 20, 2017 in Guard What You Have Learned |

Guard What You Have Learned—Day 4 Colossians 2: 8 “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.” It is natural, when one experiences progress, to continue the process by all possibilities. To regress, when we have been fortunate to experience progress, leads us to a place of spiritual retrogression. In other words, we return to an earlier state, typically a worse one. Why would we want to go back to where we started? Especially when where we are is far better. At Colossae, the believers were confronted with teachings that belonged to a pre-Christian experience. The sad thing is, the teaching was gaining an audience. As we take the time to meditate on this passage, just think, how many positive, self-help sermons are...

Guard What You Have Learned—Day 3

By on Apr 19, 2017 in Guard What You Have Learned |

Guard What You Have Learned—Day 3 Colossians 2: 8 “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.” During the days of Paul and the Colossian congregation, the church had to contend with various philosophies of empty deceptions. Any elaborate system of thought was called a philosophy. These philosophies were mainly associated with debating and profitless theorizing. The debates and theories would center around God, the world, and the meaning of life. These philosophies were the context in which the Colossian church existed. Proponents of these various philosophies worked hard to sway the beliefs of the Colossian congregation. Teachings from the Epicureans, Stoics, Hellenistic Jews, and the three philosophies within Judaism,...

Guard What You Have Learned—Day 2

By on Apr 18, 2017 in Guard What You Have Learned |

Guard What You Have Learned—Day 2 Colossians 2: 8 “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.” I have learned God’s Word will do four things for us: First, it will make us a Christian. Secondly, it will make us powerful. Thirdly, it will make us intelligent. And, finally the Word of God will make us free. I have discovered personally that God’s Word will do all four, however, it is the fourth characteristic of God’s Word that we are meditating on this week. God’s Word has made us free. It is our freedom that is threatened when the Word is disregarded and undermined. In our devotional passage, Paul is encouraging believers to remain firmly anchored to Christ and the gospel. Take a moment and just...

Guard What You Have Learned

By on Apr 17, 2017 in Guard What You Have Learned |

Guard What You Have Learned Colossians 2: 8 “See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.” Since the beginning of time, there have always been those who, through false teachings, subtle lies, or flat out deception, have made it their personal mission to captivate those who have the good fortune to have received the truth. Therefore, we must be mindful of what we allow our eyes to see, ears to hear and our minds to embrace. In other words, we must guard what we have learned. As I mature, I am often amazed that so many professing believers have allowed the truth that they have learned to become contaminated by false teachers and erroneous teachings. Because of this deception, Paul deems it necessary to give a strong warning here by...