Confronting False Teaching

Text: Colossians 2:8-15

Themes Paul Has Been Confronting:

Intellectualism: (2:8) 

Ritualism: (2:16)

Spiritualism: (2:18 & 19)

Legalism: (2:20-23)

All four themes are presented as substitutes for Christ.

Paul’s pragmatic statement- “… walk in him …” (v. 6c),

Paul’s warning- “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.” (v. 8).

False teaching (Philosophy) is hollow And deceptive!

Paul Gives Us Three Things To Watch For:

  1. Hollow deceptive philosophy depends on human tradition.

“… according to human tradition …” (v. 8b)

  1. Hollow deceptive philosophy depends on the basic principles of the world.

“… according to the elemental (basic) spirits of the world …” (v. 8c)

  1. Hollow deceptive philosophy is NOT according to Christ.

9 For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. 11 In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.” (vv. 9-15)