Summary: Here in this chapter Paul addresses the main reason for this letter, a heresy being taught in the church at Colossae, a heresy that cheapened Christ and His sacrifice for sin...
Colossians 2:1-23 [NLT]
November 7, 2012
Oak Park Baptist Church – Wed Bible Study Series
Colossians Bible Study
Paul’s encouragement and teaching on heritical teaching:
To this point, Paul has been very encouraging and uplifting to the church in Colossae, but here he broadens his appeal for encouragement a bit as we see him reaching out to more believers in v.1-5
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1I want you to know how much I have agonized for you and for the church at Laodicea, and for many other believers who have never met me personally. 2I want them to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. I want them to have complete confidence that they understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself. 3In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4I am telling you this so no one will deceive you with well-crafted arguments. 5For though I am far away from you, my heart is with you. And I rejoice that you are living as you should and that your faith in Christ is strong.
Here we find Paul reaching out, not only to the church in Colossae, but also to a church in a city called Laodicea as well as to those other believers who do not know him personally. This as Paul’s encouragement to basically ANYONE who would eventually read this letter…
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But let’s go to the church in Laodicea for a moment, where do we know that name from? We know this city from the letters of Paul and the writings of John in the book of Revelation. The city of Laodicea is mentioned 6 times in the NT and 4 are by Paul here in this letter to the Colossian church.
Laodicea was a city in the Lycus valley and the neighboring towns were Colossae and another town named Hierapolis. Paul mentions both Laodicea and Hierapolis in this letter to the Colossian church in 4:13.
So we can be certain of a few things by Paul mention of Laodicea here and in ch4… WHAT he was about to teach… WHAT he was about to address was happening in the entire valley and he wanted the teaching to be known to ALL believers, not just those in Colossae.
The heresy that Paul was about to address and instruct against was spreading and Paul did not want any believer to fall prey to its enticing and misleading message.
Paul encourages the Colossian believers but that encouragement is also offered here to the church in Laodicea as well… and as Paul says, to any other believer who had not met him… Paul encourages before he admonishes!
But when we get to v6-7 Paul continues in that encouragement but specifies from where the encouragement should emanate… Jesus! Look what Paul says in v6-7: [show v6-7 now]
6And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him. 7Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
Paul was encouraging these believers, but then he encourages them with Christ. Just as you accepted Christ as Lord… is his advice…