Colossians 2 Outline
– Paul use his sufferings as a role model for the church of Laodicea (Colossians 2:1-5)
– Building your foundation in Christ (Colossians 1:6-19)
– Jesus brings life (Colossians 1:20-23)
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In Colossians 2:1-5, Paul was glad to suffer for the gospel for the people at Laodicea. Laodicea is a city located about 10 miles west of Colossae. It was located on the Lycus River bank in the territory of Turkey. During the Roman era, Laodicea was a wealthy city. The Laodicean church is known for their lukewarm attitude towards God (Revelation 3:15-16).
Paul believed that his sufferings will make him a role model to other followers and encourage them. When they see his sufferings, they will be more enthusiastic about Christ. Christians that are discouraged leave a door way for the devil to attack them. Enthusiasm will encourage the believers to unite in love. Although being enthusiastic for the Lord and uniting in Christ are important, having God’s wisdom about God’s truth is equally important. It is important that a Christian has full understanding of his salvation and God’s character. When you have complete understanding in your salvation, you will have more confidence in God. The three God’s mysteries are the church as Christ’s body, hope of glory, and wisdom and knowledge of Jesus. Paul is telling them this because he does not want them to be deceived by fancy talk.
In Colossians 2:6-7, Paul asks the Colossians to start building their foundation in Christ since they have accepted Jesus. Their duty now is to grow and mature in Christ.
In Colossians 2:8, Paul warned them not to give in to persuasive arguments which can lead them away from Christ. False teachers always have smart ways in persuading people to accept their teachings. Having the wisdom of God allows you to discern false teachings.
In Colossians 2:9-13, Jesus set us free from all kinds of sins such as selfish desires. The way Jesus cleanse our sins is the same as the physical circumcision of the foreskin. Baptism involves dipping into the water for a short period. It suggests that your sins are cleansed because of the presence of water. Death and resurrection are also symbolized in baptism. When you are baptized, you have to dip your head into the water. This means that you old self die and your sins are nailed to the cross along with Jesus. When you come up from the water, it is a symbol that you are a new creation in Jesus. Before you get baptized, you must understand fully about your salvation. If you don’t understand about your salvation, baptism will only be a ceremony to you. Baptism is a requirement to get saved. Once you have confessed and believe that Jesus is your savior, you must get baptized so that your name can be recorded in the Book of Life. Jesus said that he did not come for those that are healthy but those that are sick. Jesus came to call the sinners to repentance. Once you are alive in Christ, your sins are completely forgiven (Mark 2:17). Once Jesus had forgiven our sins, we will be alive in him. When you are a sinner, you are dead in your sins. Sins are things you do that violate against God’s law. Only Jesus can forgive your sins and make you alive. Without Jesus, we can never inherit eternal life and get to heaven
In Colossians 2:14-19, Jesus’ crucifixion prevents us from getting punished when we disobey the Law of Moses. Jesus had defeated all kinds of curses, sicknesses, and evil powers by dying on the cross. Paul warned the Colossians not to listen to the false teachers who asked them to observe festivals in the Law of Moses such as New Moon Festival. We should not simply believe anyone who acts humble, like he is a good person. In addition, we should also not simply believe in vision. Vision can be from God or the devil so it doesn’t mean that people who see visions belonged to God. They can be false prophets, used by Satan as a vessel to lead you away from Christ. Christ is the head of the body. The church is Christ body. Christ is the source of strength for the followers. We are the members of Christ’s body such as hands, legs and etc.
In Colossians 2:20-23, Paul asks the Colossians to stop obeying the rules in the Law of Moses. In the Law Moses, God forbid the Israelites to do a lot of things. Since Christ had nailed the Law of Moses to cross, there is no need to obey the rules anymore. It only makes them appear outwardly humble when they follow the Law of Moses. The Judaism religion is based on the work of men to reach God while Christianity is God reaching down to mankind through love in Christ.