Summary: THE SUFFICIENCY OF CHRIST PROTECTS US AGAINST FALSE TEACHING
THE SUFFICIENCY OF CHRIST PROTECTS US AGAINST FALSE TEACHING
Have we truly grasped the concept that we are complete in Christ?
That He is sufficient for everything we will ever need?
Why should we ever be attracted by empty philosophies that attempt to add something else on
to the person and work of Jesus Christ?
“Complete in Thee! no work of mine May take, dear Lord, the place of Thine;
Thy blood hath pardon bought for me, And I am now complete in Thee.
Yea, justified! O blessed thought! And sanctified! Salvation wrought!
Thy blood hath pardon bought for me, And glorified, I too, shall be!”
Key = There are no Short Cuts to spirituality
I. (:8-9) ALL TRUTH MUST BE MEASURED AGAINST THE STANDARD OF CHRIST = WHO IS GOD INCARNATE
A. Spiritual Discernment Requires Spiritual Alertness
“See to it that no one takes you captive”
Kidnap, take hostage
Need to be constantly on the look out with eyes wide open; Pres. Tense
Guard your spiritual freedom and don’t allow anyone to take you captive
Rob you of your life, hope, energy, joy
Gromacki: “The heretical teacher, therefore, is like a slave trader. He wants to steal the believer
away from his spiritual family and sell him as a slave into false doctrine.”
B. Spiritual Discernment Recognizes Deception
cf. the false siren in ancient Greek mythology
3 things that characterize false philosophy:
1. False Wisdom -- “philosophy and empty deception”
Vincent: Greeks held philosophy in highest regard; used here in the sense of vain speculation;
Empty in the sense of void of truth; fruitless; like the inside of a ping pong ball
Morgan: “Sounds good, intellectual, plausible”
Stedman: “hollow – no real content, no actual basis in reality”
2. False Authority -- “according to the tradition of men”
Stedman: “They arise out of the thinking of men, find a foothold in society, and then are passed along from genertion to generation so as to appear popular and
widely supported.” cf. theory of evolution
“An attempt is always made to make it appear that biblical Christianity is a minority fatih, held by only a few ill-educated, almost mentally deficient people, who have no basis in scholarship for what they believe.”
no basis in divine revelation
3. False Logic -- “according to the elementary principles of the world”
Gromacki: “elementary” used of anything which appeared in a row or series; thus, it came to refer to the letters of the alphabet, to the basic notes of music, and to the fundamental components of the material universe; just dealing with the A,B,Cs of this fallen world . . ."
Alternative view: reference to an army of soldiers lined up in a row, in ranks, as in a hierarchy = reference to fallen angels
no grasp of the complexity of the fullness of spiritual truth
C. Spiritual Discernment Regards Christ as the Ultimate Standard
“rather than according to Christ”
Truth sets you free rather than enslaves you
Stedman: “Every cult attacks the person or work of Jesus—or both”
D. KEY: Christ is God Incarnate
“For in Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form”