Summary: We can sincerely believe something that will send us to hell. An orderly, firm faith in Jesus is what we need to avoid deception.
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We’re in a series through the book of Colossians called “Jesus is Greater”, and I have to stop here and set up the things that Paul is going to say about Jesus today, because you need to understand WHY he says some of the things he was saying.
Review of the book:
Paul is a saved man, an ex-murderer of Christians, who is now the greatest missionary and church planter on the planet. He is in jail in Rome for preaching, and a friend named Epaphras comes and says, “Paul there are some false teachers, some people influencing my people in wrong directions that have come to Colosse. Can you help me know how to handle it?” And paul writes a letter to send back with him to help contradict some things that these people are being taught.
As we get into chapter 2, Paul is about to really start taking on the false teachers. This chapter is the key one in contradicting them.
Colossians 2:1 I want you to know how much I am struggling for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally.
The word “struggling” is the word from which we get our word “agony.” Literally should be translated “how great a contest I am having.”
Leadership is a STRUGGLE. It is not an easy task. Leading your family, your wife, your church... it’s not an easy task.
Paul hasn’t even met a lot of these Christians or the ones in Laodicea, a neighboring town. He’s never taken them out for coffee, but he still gets imprisoned and beat up for the Gospel he preaches to them; he still prays for them.
2 My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ,
3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
“the mystery” –
“complete understanding” -
“treasures of wisdom & knowledge” –
The false teachers were saying… “Yes, Jesus, is good… he’s good. But there’s more you need. You also need….”
Knowledge of Jesus isn’t enough – that’s what these false teachers were saying.
ILLUS: Jesus is the “case” that holds all the “little pieces.”
4 I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments.
Over the next three weeks, we are going to get into more of what they were apparently saying that sounded so good, but was so deceptive.
For now, let me stop and say, are you aware that things can _____SOUND SO GOOD and BE SO WRONG_____? Are you really aware of that? Do you really know that something can SOUND SO SMART and BE SO FOOLISH?