Keeping The Truth Col. 2:8-23 May 08, 2011
When we hold the truth of God we do not have to be embarrassed nor apologize for some errors in our doctrine. What we believe can be backed up by the Word.
1. Keep The Truth By . . Recognizing Anew What Christ Did for Us. Col. 2:8-12
A. Recognize Anew The Christian Life Is . . Centered In Christ. 2:8-10
8 Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elemental forces of the world, and not based on Christ. 9 For in Him the entire fullness of God's nature dwells bodily, 10 and you have been filled by Him, who is the head over every ruler and authority.
B. Recognize Anew The . . Consequences of Being In Christ. 2:11-12
11 In Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not done with hands, by putting off the body of
flesh, in the circumcision of the Messiah. 12 Having been buried with Him in baptism, you were also raised
with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.
The Christian life must begin with Christ. It must also be centered in Christ depending on all He has done, and is doing, for us. Paul warns about philosophies and vain deceits, but some wanting to appear more intellectual seem to like getting involved in philosophy. Today the cults really word at burry their people in deceit that covers them and makes them fearful of even investigating another opinion. When we focus on Christ and what He did and does for us we need to bragg about the consequences of His work and know we can not improve on it.
2. Keep The Truth Through . . Remembering Christ Gave Us Live. Col. 2:13-15
A. Remembering Christ Gave Us Life And Erased Our . . Debt. 2:13-14a
13 And when you were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive with Him and forgave us all our trespasses. 14 He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and opposed to us,
B. Remembering Christ Gave Us Life And . . Disgraced Our Enemies. 2:14b-15
“. . . and has taken it out of the way by nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and disgraced them publicly; He triumphed over them by Him.
The song says, “I had a debt I could not pay, He paid a debt He did not owe, I needed someone to wash my sins away.” He not only washed the debt but erased it. Oh what a Savoir! In the text Paul alludes to the kings of the day and how they would parade in to a town they had just conquered. In those days the victorious king might very well parade the opposing king in chains and disgrace him by making him march through town. In essence Christ has done that and will do it again as He casts the enemy into the Lake of Fire.
3. Keep The Truth Through . . Resisting Error. Col. 2:16-19
A. Resisting The Errors Caused by Man Made . . Regulations.. 2:16-17
16 Therefore don't let anyone judge you in regard to food and drink or in the matter of a festival or a new
moon or a sabbath day. 17 These are a shadow of what was to come; the substance is the Messiah.
B. Resisting The Errors Caused by Man Made . . Realms of Visionary Visions. 2:18-19
18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on ascetic practices and the worship of angels, claiming access to a
visionary realm and inflated without cause by his fleshly mind. 19 He doesn't hold on to the head, from
whom the whole body, nourished and held together by its ligaments and tendons, develops with growth
Do you know what makes you a good Christian? It is not a bunch of regulations regarding food, drink, festivals, and days. Some of these regulations may be meaningful as a voluntary experience you and your family choose to celebrate; but certainly not as a requirement for being a good Christian. Paul calls these regulations, “shadows.” We know Jesus is not a shadow but He is the Light. Have you ever been around someone who regularity told people about their dreams or visions that did not relate to the Word of God. If people claim special visions from the Lord how does it affect their daily walk? Do they witness to lost people with the simple message of Christ, are they regular in the church services?
4. Keep The Truth Through . . Refusing To Submit To Man=s Regulations. 2:20-23
A. Refuse To Submit To Human . . Commands and Doctrines. 2:20-22
20 If you died with Christ to the elemental forces of this world, why do you live as if you still belonged to the
world? Why do you submit to regulations: 21 "Don't handle, don't taste, don't touch"? 22 All these
regulations refer to what is destroyed by being used up; they are human commands and doctrines.
B. Refuse To Submit To Human . . Conduct and Practices. 2:23
23 Although these have a reputation of wisdom by promoting ascetic practices, humility, and severe
treatment of the body, they are not of any value against fleshly indulgence. HCSB
I do not like people making commands about Christian conduct and doctrines that are not based in the Word of God. I do not want to be known by the negatives my lifestyle but by the positives. Usually when is a person with a lot of do nots in their life tells me what their so proud of not doing I don’t do those things either but I do not think that makes me to be a great Christian. If you and I seek to be growing in our knowledge of the Word of God it will show and display a quality of life the Holy Spirit will use to help us be good witnesses. Let’s do all we can to be people known to be Keeping The Truth. Amen? Amen!