the body--that is, all the members of the body ( Ephesians 4:16 ). 6:12f). bands--the sinews and nerves which bind together limb and limb. All these "ordinances" are according to human, not divine, injunction. This is the main scope of the Epistle. Hebrews 2:5 , "the world to come." 9. | Powered by WordPress, The New Testament uses “principalities” of, “Powers” is the authority to do anything. As "rooted" implies their vitality; so "builded up," massive solidity. holyday--a feast yearly. Compare the three, 1 Chronicles 23:31 . When we not only believe with the heart, but are ready, when called, to make confession with the mouth. Two very old manuscripts and Vulgate read, "Of God the Father of Christ.". are risen--rather as Greek, "were raised with Him." This spiritual circumcision is realized in, or by, union with Christ, whose "circumcision," whereby He became responsible for us to keep the whole law, is imputed to believers for justification; and union with whom, in all His vicarious obedience, including HIS CIRCUMCISION, is the source of our sanctification. Believers receive of the divine unction which flows down from their Divine Head and High Priest ( Psalms 133:2 ). 14. We cannot be built up in Christ, or grow in him, unless we are first rooted in him, or founded upon him. Contrast "glorying in the Lord" ( 1 Corinthians 1:31 ). But we cannot, since even Adam, in innocence, needed one amidst his earthly employments; therefore the sabbath is still needed and is therefore still linked with the other nine commandments, as obligatory in the spirit, though the letter of the law has been superseded by that higher spirit of love which is the essence of law and Gospel alike ( Romans 13:8-10 ). He stripped them of their power. As "order" expresses the outward aspect of the Church; so "steadfastness" expresses the inner basis on which their Church rested. openly-- John 7:4 , 11:54 , support English Version against ALFORD'S translation, "in openness of speech." When the substance was come, the shadows fled. Ephesians 2:16 favors English Version, "reconcile . In Christ, the debt of sin is fully paid, and we have: 1) Complete Salvation (Col. 2:11–12), 2) Complete Forgiveness (Col. 2:13-14), and 3) Complete Victory (Col. 2:15). The whole tended, in a wrong manner, to satisfy the carnal mind, by gratifying self-will, self-wisdom, self-righteousness, and contempt of others. The Greek literally implies not an abstract quality, but the thing in the concrete; thus their "faith" here is the solid thing which constituted the basis of their Church. The stronger our faith, and the warmer our love, the more will our comfort be. all trespasses--Greek, "all our trespasses.". (1-7) He cautions against the errors of heathen philosophy; also against Jewish traditions, and rites which had been fulfilled in Christ. But the objection is, that the context seems to refer to a triumph over bad angels: in 2 Corinthians 2:14 , however, Christ's triumph over those subjected to Him, is not a triumph for destruction, but for their salvation, so that good angels may be referred to ( Colossians 1:20 ). . We have in Him the substance of all the shadows of the ceremonial law. a. Translate as Greek, "I wish you to know how great a conflict (the same Greek word as in Colossians 1:29 , "agony of a conflict" of fervent, anxious prayer; not conflict with the false teachers, which would have been impossible for him now in prison) I have for you." . This asceticism seems to have rested on the Oriental theory that matter is the source of evil. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Which--things, namely, the three things handled, touched, and tasted. neglecting of the body--Greek, "not sparing of the body." Demons, like other angels, were in heaven up to Christ's ascension, and influenced earth from their heavenly abodes. The "their," compared with "you" ( Colossians 2:4 ), proves that in Colossians 2:1 the words, "have not seen my face in the flesh," is a general designation of those for whom Paul declares he has "conflict," including the particular species, "you (Colossians) and them at Laodicea." See the danger of enticing words; how many are ruined by the false disguises and fair appearances of evil principles and wicked practices! He, as man, was not merely God-like, but in the fullest sense, God. with the increase of God--( Ephesians 4:16 ); that is, wrought by God, the Author and Sustainer of the believer's spiritual life, in union with Christ, the Head ( 1 Corinthians 3:6 ); and tending to the honor of God, being worthy of Him, its Author. "The handwriting" (alluding to the Decalogue, the representative of the law, written by the hand of God) is the whole law, the obligatory bond, under which all lay; the Jews primarily were under the bond, but they in this respect were the representative people of the world ( Romans 3:19 ); and in their inability to keep the law was involved the inability of the Gentiles also, in whose hearts "the work of the law was written" ( Romans 2:15 ); and as they did not keep this, they were condemned by it. them at Laodicea--exposed to the same danger from false teachers as the Colossians (compare Colossians 4:16 ). "THE principalities and THE powers" refers back to Colossians 2:10 , Jesus, "the Head of all principality and power," and Colossians 1:16 . 8. The "WRITING" is part of "that which was contrary to us"; for "the letter killeth" and took it--Greek, and hath taken it out of the way" (so as to be no longer a hindrance to us), by "nailing it to the cross." The accumulation of phrases, not only "understanding," but "the full assurance of understanding"; not only this, but "the riches of," &c.; not only this, but "all the riches of," &c. implies how he desires to impress them with the momentous importance of the subject in hand. Thus is the parallelism, "vainly puffed up" answers to "haughtily treading on," or "setting his foot on"; "his fleshly mind" answers to the things which he hath seen," since his fleshliness betrays itself in priding himself on what he hath seen, rather than on the unseen objects of faith. through the faith, &c.--by means of your faith in the operation of God; so "faith of," for "faith in" ( Ephesians 3:12 , Philippians 3:9 ). the body of the sins of the flesh--The oldest manuscripts read, "the body of the flesh," omitting "of the sins," that is, "the body," of which the prominent feature is fleshiness (compare Romans 8:13 , where "flesh" and "the body" mutually correspond). Phrygia (in which was Colosse) had a propensity for the mystical and magical, which appeared in their worship of Cybele and subsequent Montanism [NEANDER]. 17. things to come--the blessings of the Christian covenant, the substance of which Jewish ordinances were but the type. It looked like humility to apply to angels, as if men were conscious of their unworthiness to speak directly to God. 21. Thus "satisfying of the flesh" answers to "puffed up by his fleshly mind" ( Colossians 2:18 ), so that "flesh" is used in its ethical sense, "the carnal nature" as opposed to the "spiritual"; not in the sense, "body." Thank God for providing believers a way to victory over the god of this world. by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby." So Uzziah was stricken with leprosy for usurping the office of priest ( 2 Chronicles 26:16-21 ). Proud member all riches--Greek, "all the riches of the full assurance ( 1 Thessalonians 1:5 , Hebrews 6:11 , 10:22 ) of the (Christian) understanding." new moon--monthly. 18. beguile--Translate, "Defraud you of your prize," literally, "to adjudge a prize out of hostility away from him who deserves it" [TRENCH]. made a show of them--at His ascension confirming English Version of this verse). Required fields are marked *, Notify me of followup comments via e-mail, Designed by Elegant Themes Colossians 2 – Answering the Colossian Heresy A. Paul’s conflict. JOSHUA, the type (not Moses in the wilderness), circumcised the Israelites in Canaan ( Joshua 5:2-9 ) the second time: the people that came out of Egypt having been circumcised, and afterwards having died in the wilderness; but those born after the Exodus not having been so. Colossians 2:1-23 . One ancient mode of cancelling bonds was by striking a nail through the writing: this seems at that time to have existed in Asia [GROTIUS]. As Joshua was "Moses' minister," so Jesus, "minister of the circumcision for the truth of God" unto the Gentiles ( Romans 15:8 ). Colossians 2:15. by Grant Richison | Aug 7, 1996 | Colossians | 3 comments. The Greek for "humility" is literally, "lowliness of mind," which forms a clearer parallel to "puffed up by his fleshly mind."