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 true measure of value regarding any philosophy, teaching, or tradition is whether it lines up with Christ as accords with Scripture.
Whatever insights, thoughts, wisdom and ideas one received, their roots must begin and end with Christ.
Among the Colossae group, “The Judaizers presented their philosophy as being in full accord with Christ, as completing the gospel and thus also the Christian faith and life.”
We must remember, it is what Christ has already said about a matter that determines if something is empty or deceitful.
There is nothing for us to add to what God’s Word has already said.
God has obligated himself only to fulfill what he says in the Word. This is why it is necessary for us to guard what we have learned and to be selective with regard to who we allow to speak into our lives.
Our world today is full of those who claim to have special knowledge and revelation from God. However, it is not hard to see that much of their knowledge and revelation contradict basic Bible truths.
Let us hold fast to God’s word and his word only.
Until next week, God bless you.
Lord, thank you for your uncompromising word, please let your word reign supreme in our lives, Amen.
Lenski, R. C. H. (1937). The interpretation of St. Paul’s Epistles to the Colossians, to the Thessalonians, to Timothy, to Titus and to Philemon (p. 99). Columbus, OH: Lutheran Book Concern.