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Transcript of Colossians
Setting of Colossians
Epaphras' Initial Role
A New Orientation
What being "filled with Him" looks like...
(3:1 - 4:2)
"While the precise background and nature of this 'philosophy' remain unclear, it is manifestly clear that Paul is acutely concerned about the harmful effects it might have on the Colossians' commitment to Christ and to His body, the church. Whatever these 'teachers' were selling, Paul says in effect, 'Do not buy it!' Why does he say this? It seems that Paul thought that whatever they were peddling devalued and depreciated Christ, who must not be supplemented lest He be subverted."
Longenecker & Still
The Colossian Philosophy
"See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ."
Colossians 2:8 ESV
(4:3, 10, 18)
Epaphras's Continued Role
"Colossians was occasioned, it appears, by Epaphras's arrival in Rome. In coming to Paul, he shares with him both his ministerial successes and challenges in Colossae and in Laodicea and Hierapolis (4:13). Chief among Epaphras's concerns seems to have been the so-called 'Colossian philosophy.' It is this 'hollow and deceptive philosophy' (2:8) on which Paul sets his sights...."
Longenecker & Still
False Humility (2:18, 23)
Puffed up without reason by sensuous minds (2:18)
Lost connection with the Head (2:19)
Restrictions on diets and days (2:16)
Angelic worship (2:18)
Asceticism & man made laws (2:18, 20-21)
A certain kind of wisdom (2:23)
"...put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its Creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all."
Colossians 3:10-11 ESV