Colossians chapter 3 – The believer’s union with Christ, now and hereafter
1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evilconcupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
7 In the which ye also walked some time,when ye lived in them.
8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
11 Where there is neither Greek norJew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
12 Put on therefore, as the electof God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind,meekness, longsuffering;
13 Forbearing one another, and forgivingone another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
15 And let the peace of God rule inyour hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
16 Let the word of Christ dwell inyou richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.
19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.
22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:
23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.
25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.
Colossians 2:18-23 – Warning against false mysticism and asceticism
18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.
The errorists against whom the Apostle Paul warns the Colossians, and against whom, in principle, the warning has perpetual significance, were called “Gnostics,” from the Greek – gnosis, “knowledge,” These Gnostics “came most keenly into conflict with the exalted rank and redeeming work of Christ, to whom they did not leave His full divine dignity, but assigned to Hom merely the highest rank in the order of spirits, while they exalted angels as concerned in bringing in “the Messianic salvation.” – H. A. W. Meyer.
Paul’s characteristic word in Colossians for the divine revelation is epignosis, i.e. “full-knowledge” (Colossians 1:9,10 ; 3:10), as against the pretended “knowledge” of the errorists. The warnings apply to all extra-Biblical forms, doctrines, and customs, and to all ascetic practices. These words are as alive and necessary in our time, as in the time the apostle Paul wrote them to the Colossians, and they are in Scripture just for that reason. We live in the last days. The great falling away. The great lie and deception. The time of the burgeoning of false teachers and false doctrine. We live in the time of grave error and increasing errorists.
Only the whole, complete Living Word of God can lead us to the truth. We must study, we must contemplate, meditate, and pray upon the whole truth, the complete truth, and nothing but the truth of God’s Word, placing our all upon the Son, Yeshua, Christ the Lord. For the time becomes compressed and shorter. The days darker. The lies and deceptions greater. The false doctrine more mingled with the truth corrupting and perverting even those professing to believe upon God, upon His Holy Word, and upon His Son, Jesus Christ the Lord.