COLOSSIANS #121 (10-9-14) COL. 1, pg. 118
1 Timothy 4:1-5 But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, 2) by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, 3) men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth. 4) For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; 5) for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer. Read:1 Cor. 8:1-13 COLOSSIANS #122 (10-14-14) Festival [periodic celebration], HEORTE ἑορτή), n. gsf; a day or series of days marked by a periodic celebration or observance, festival, celebration
Leviticus 23:1-2 The LORD spoke again to Moses, saying, 2) "Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, 'The LORD'S appointed times which you shall proclaim as holy convocations-- My appointed times are these… Feasts PP The epistle of Hebrews, especially chapters 6 and 10 describe severe punishment for C.A. believers who lapsed back into the Mosaic Law. There are no “Christian holy days”. However, many professing Christians observe the “Christian calendar” also known as the “liturgical year” which is organized around “sacred time”: Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany; and Lent, Holy Week, and Easter, concluding at Pentecost. There is nothing in the “Christian calendar” that requires any observance. These celebrations are strictly traditions that have developed over the years. No fasts are commanded or even mentioned in the N.T. epistles. Colossians 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, Galatians 4:8-9 However at that time, when you did not know God, you were slaves to those which by nature are no gods. 9) But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God, how is it that you turn back again to the weak and worthless elemental things, to which you desire to be enslaved all over again? 10) You observe days and months and seasons and years. “There is great desire today in the Evangelical community for a multi-sensory spiritual experience and a mystical encounter with God. But we are to live by faith and not by sight in this age. We are to focus on our mission, not on rituals. Our primary mission is to share the saving message and make disciples. Free Grace churches should continue to ground worship in the Word and to focus on the mission of evangelism and discipleship.” Journal of the Grace Evangelical Society 22, no. 43 (2009): 43. New moon, NEOMENIA n. gsf; a compound word from NEO meaning new + MEN meaning moon. The Jews celebrated the first of the month. 2 Chronicles 31:3 He also appointed the king's portion of his goods for the burnt offerings, namely, for the morning and evening burnt offerings, and the burnt offerings for the sabbaths and for the new moons and for the fixed festivals, as it is written in the law of the LORD. Num. 28:11-15; 10:10. COL. 1, pg. 119
TheSabbath day is the 7th day of the week which is on Saturday. We worship on the 1st day of the week in honor of Christ’s resurrection. John 20:19, Acts 20:7.
The Pharisees turned the Sabbath, which was a day of rest, into a legalistic edict to hold over the head of the people. Mark 2:27-28 Jesus said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. 28) "So the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath." COLOSSIANS #123 (10-16-14) “Bob DeWaay sees an analogous situation to the believers addressed in the book of Hebrews who were considering going back to temple Judaism:
‘The key problem for them was the tangibility of the temple system, and the invisibility of the Christian faith. Just about everything that was offered to them by Christianity was invisible: the High Priest in Heaven, the once for all shed blood, and the throne of grace… All of these are invisible.
‘But the life of faith does not require tangible visibility: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrew 11:1). The Roman Catholic Church has tangibility that is unmatched by the evangelical faith, just as temple Judaism had. Why have faith in the once-for-all shed blood of Christ that is unseen when you can have real blood (that of the animals for temple Judaism and the Eucharistic Christ of Catholicism)? Why have the scriptures of the Biblical apostles and prophets who are now in heaven when you can have a real live apostle and his teaching Magisterium who can continue to speak for God? The similarities to the situation described in Hebrews are striking. Why have only the Scriptures…when the Roman church has everything from icons to relics to cathedrals to holy water and so many other tangible religious articles and experiences?
‘I urge my fellow Evangelicals to seriously consider the consequences of rejecting sola scriptura as the formal principle of our theology. If my Hebrews analogy is correct, such a rejection is tantamount to apostasy.’”
Ibid 42 17) things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ. The law cannot save a sinner nor sanctify a saint.
“From his study of the phrase in Galatians and Colossians, Gary DeLashmutt sees an application to the danger of ritualism. He defines ritualism “in the sense of making ritual observance a primary focus of the Christian life and means of its expression.” A return to OT type rituals as a means of salvation or spiritual growth is inappropriate for the Christian because those rituals merely foreshadowed the substance or reality which believers now enjoy in the person and work of Christ. A return to ritual does not result in spiritual growth but rather spiritual regression. DeLashmutt concludes, “While New Testament rituals remain a legitimate aspect of Christianity, ritualism as the means of relating to God has been ‘outgrown’ and rejected.” Journal of the Grace Evangelical Society 22, no. 43 (2009): 40. “The return to ritual signals a return to man-made traditions. The warnings of Paul in Galatians and Colossians concerning “the basic principles of this world” (ta stoicheia tou kosmou) may apply (Gal 4:3, 9; Col 2:8, 16-23). In summarizing his study of this Pauline phrase, Andrew J. Bandstra asks, “What are these stoicheia tou kosmou from whose slavery the church has been redeemed but which continue to threaten the freedom of the church?” COL. 1, pg. 120
He believes from his research that they are the principles of law and flesh operating outside of Christ. He concludes: The contexts in both Galatians and Colossians indicate that when the law functions in the context of the flesh then religious regulations arise that seem to offer redemption but which really bring religious bondage. In Galatians it appears to be kinds of regulations that are thought to give us right standing before God. In Colossians the law and the flesh combine to bring forth regulations that are thought to promise a kind of mystic experience in participating with the angels in their worship of God. In both cases, the stoicheia tou kosmou become a kind of “enslaving power” that is “not according to Christ.” It brings religious bondage.”
ibid 40 “Christianity Today published the text in full, and the editorial page cautiously commended it. A movement began which some described as “the convergence of streams,” a coming together of the three major streams of Christianity, the Evangelical, the Charismatic, and the Liturgical-Sacramental. New denominations actually formed based on “the convergence of streams,” the Charismatic Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Episcopal Church, and others. New denominations actually formed based on “the convergence of streams,” the Charismatic Episcopal Church, the Evangelical Episcopal Church, and others.” ibid 33 “Daniel Wallace, a Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, which trains pastors for interdenominational or nondenominational churches, says there is a growing appetite for something more than “worship that is a glorified Bible class in some ways.” ibid 30 “The Washington Post picked up on the return to ritual among Evangelicals in a March 8, 2008 story:
‘Evangelicals observing Lent? Fasting and giving up chocolate and favorite pastimes like watching TV during the 40 days before Easter are practices many Evangelical Protestants have long rejected as too Catholic and unbiblical. But Lent – a time of inner cleansing and reflection upon Jesus Christ’s sufferings before his resurrection – is one of many ancient church practices being embraced by an increasing number of Evangelicals…This increasing connection with Christianity’s classical traditions goes beyond Lent. Some evangelical churches offer confession and weekly communion. They distribute ashes on Ash Wednesday and light Advent calendars at Christmastime…First Baptist Church of the City of Washington D.C. follows the liturgical calendar observed by Catholic churches. It lights candles at Advent, and observes Epiphany Sunday and the remainder of the traditional cycle of liturgical celebrations. “We find that following the seasons of the Christian year adds a lot of richness to our experience of worship,” said the Rev. James Somerville, the church’s pastor, adding: “We wouldn’t want the Catholics to get all the good stuff.”’”
ibid 31 “Irving Bible Church, an independent Bible church in the Dallas area, now observes the liturgical calendar, follows the lectionary, and encourages congregants during the worship service to light candles to represent prayers or answers to prayers.”
Ibid 31 “Leonard Sweet outlines the objectives of worship in the Emerging Community. The acrostic EPIC delineates that worship should be experiential, participatory, image-driven, and communal. Specifically, worship should go from rational to experiential, from representative to participatory, from Word-based to image-driven, from individual to communal. Sweet writes, ‘Postmoderns don’t want their information straight. They want it laced with experience.’ Participatory means creative interaction that involves far more than a sermon and some songs.
COL. 1, pg. 121
For example, stations with interactive elements may be established for participants to move to during a gathering for prayer, journaling, artistic expression, etc. The image-driven emphasis appears through art that might include murals, a variety of lighting and draperies, paintings, sacred images projected on screens. Community can be encouraged by decentralizing worship with many participating in their own way, emphasizing storytelling, stressing service and social transformation (worship can simply be participating together in a service project).” ibid 34-35
“The liturgical movement and the emergent church want worship to be more than preaching and music. The service of worship should involve all the senses: sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing; and embrace mystery. Kimball describes a few of the forms of the new style of worship: ...incense and candles to promote a spiritual feeling, crosses scattered liberally around the room, prayer stations and art stations for a creative outlet during the service, pictures of Jesus to keep things Christ-focused, tapestries to add a tabernacle feel to the room, ancient art work projected onto the wall to help set the mood.”
ibid 38 COLOSSIANS #124 (10-21-14) Colossians 2:18 Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind. Defrauding, KATABRABEUO v. pam;
KATA, against + BRABEUO, to act as a judge or a referee = to determine that someone is not worthy to receive a prize; ‘to disqualify, to condemn, to judge as not worthy of a reward, or to deprive of a reward. (NKJV) Let no one cheat you of your reward!
(Message) Don’t tolerate people who try to run your life, ordering you to bow and scrape, insisting that you join their obsession with angels and that you seek out visions. Eugene H. Peterson, The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language “How do you become ineligible for reward, for glorifying God? This passage says by succumbing to the attack of religion. The observation of holy days brings on ritual. That is legalism and that is ritual, and ritual today is designed to stop you from thinking. Originally when ritual was portrayed in the scripture it was to make you think about doctrine. Now most rituals keep you from thinking about doctrine.”
Colossian Notes –R.B. Theime Jr. Ritual without reality is a deadly error. It introduces meaninglessness into our lives. Some people feel there is good luck in going through rituals. The reason we don’t allow anyone to make us feel guilty for not joining them in their legalism is because: We are grace-oriented
We rightly divide the Word of God
Our marching orders are to live by the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus, not to follow the M.L.
We believe that Christ canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, vs. 14.
We must resist the efforts of false teachers and misguided believers who try to woo us away from doctrine and cause us to lose rewards. 2 John 8(NKJV) Look to yourselves, that we do not lose [v. aas] those things we worked for, [v. ami, middle voice: the subject of the verb is being affected by its own action] but that we may receive [v. aas] a full reward. COL. 1, pg. 122
Some believe that good works done in the filling of the H.S. cannot be lost. Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having ministered and in still ministering to the saints. 1 Cor. 3:11-15 Look to, BLEPO (), v. pam; be ready to learn about something that is needed or is hazardous, watch, look to, or beware of. Revelation 2:25-26 Nevertheless what you have, hold fast until I come. 26) 'He who overcomes, and he who keeps My deeds until the end, TO HIM I WILL GIVE AUTHORITY OVER THE NATIONS; Revelation 3:11 I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown.
Revelation 22:12Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. COLOSSIANS #125 (10-23-14) 1 Cor. 9:24-26-27 By delighting in self-abasement, TAPEANOPHROSUNE n. dsf; humility, modesty, used here in a pejorative sense, self-effacement, asceticism, or legalism. Humility in the sense of self-effacement is not a Christian virtue, it is an attack of religion. People who delight in self-abasement are not humble, in fact they are very arrogant and proud of themselves. Colossians 2:23 These are matters which have, to be sure, the appearance of wisdom in self-made religion and self-abasement and severe treatment of the body, but are of no value against fleshly indulgence. Many people are impressed with what they give up for God or how they suffer for Him. They are very proud of their asceticism and what they abstain from. They not only try to impress others, but God as well, by their over-abstemiousness. Spiritual pride is possibly the most difficult pride to correct.
“There are those who say, ‘I would never presume for sure that I know that I am going to heaven. No one can know that for sure. We will not know whether we qualify until we get there. I would not have the audacity to claim I know I am going there.’" Grace Notes p. 83 That statement is not based on humility, it is based on ignorance. False humility can even become competitive by people who try to “out-humble” each other. “Phony self-effacement appears spiritual but it is not true humility. True humility focuses upon God and his grace (provisions) to us. False humility draws attention to self.”
Grace Notes p. 83 It is not uncommon for testimonies to become bragamonies. There is nothing wrong with telling others about the great things God has done for you, but it often ends up being. “Look what poor excuse of a person I was and look at me now!” Throughout history, there have been those who would seek abasement from the church to relieve their guilt and to receive forgiveness: “Hi, guys —I was surfing the Net for information and thought you might be able to shed some light on a question for me. I know we are not expected to imitate the Saints but, it is important for me that I have a good understanding regarding the subject of corporal mortification.
COL. 1, pg. 123
•Is severe penance right or wrong? Some saints opposed it (Philip Neri) and others, such as Rose of Lima, put herself through terrible pains. •Are there accepted methods in the Church, or could the Saints have used any method for inflicting pain on themselves? This is very confusing for me as I have always thought that it was my duty to look after myself and others. I look forward to your response. Reply: Thanks for your question. First, we have to start with a correct premise. We are expected to imitate the Saints. This is why the Church acknowledges that people who have passed from this life, and are now in Heaven, are saints. Saints are role models of holiness in this life, so that all mankind, let alone Catholic Christians, can have examples to look to, for living a Christ-like life that Our Blessed Lord would be happy with. Now, to the root of your question: You said:... it is important for me that I have a good understanding regarding the subject of corporal mortification. •Is severe penance right or wrong? Some saints opposed it (Philip Neri) and others, such as Rose of Lima, put herself through terrible pains. •Are there accepted methods in the Church, or could the Saints have used any method for inflicting pain on themselves? Penance and mortification are good; they are good for the soul and body. As Catholics, we believe we partake in Real Divine nature, while still being human. The human side of us may not like penance and mortification, but our divine side knows that it helps the body of Christ as a whole, and our own bodies to clean us of previous sin. RE: Severe penance and mortification.
While it can be meritorious, severe penance and mortification are not required by the Church during any season; nor has it ever been. It is my understanding that even the saints who wished to inflict severe penance and mortification on themselves, for some spiritual or temporal good, required some permission from their superiors on the issue. Remember, all religions take vows of poverty, chastity and obedience.
I have no problems with you following the examples of the Saints in this area, e.g. severe penance and mortification, as long as you have a regular, personal confessor who is loyal to the Magisterium and Church teachings. Hope this helps.
“The nature of these exercises varied according to the sin for which they were prescribed. According to Tertullian (De poenit., IX), “Exomologesis is the discipline which obliges a man to prostrate and humiliate himself and to adopt a manner of life that will draw down mercy. As regards dress and food, it prescribes that he shall lie in sackcloth and ashes, clothe his body in rags, plunge his soul in sorrow, correct his faults by harsh treatment of himself, use the plainest meat and drink for the sake of his soul and not of his belly: usually he shall nourish prayer by fasting, whole days and nights together he shall moan, and weep, and wail to the Lord his God, cast himself at the feet of the priests, fall on his knees before those who are dear to God, and beseech them to plead in his behalf.”
“In the early Greek Church were four recognised classes of penitents — the Weepers, the Hearers, the Prostraters, and the Standers. The names almost supply an explanation of the manner 95 of the mortifications. Each grade wore a distinctive dress, and there is no question that the punishment was made a very real and impressive ceremony, both for those who underwent it,
COL. 1, pg. 124
and for those who observed it in operation. The Weepers were compelled to plead for propitiation in the church yard, but were not allowed to enter the church to engage in prayer or worship. The Hearers were isolated in the church and publicly exhorted, but were forbidden to take part in the service. The Prostraters prayed with the congregation, but instead of kneeling were compelled to grovel on the ground. The Standers were kept apart, and though they might be within the church, they must remain in standing posture the whole time… It was too often found, also, that penance lost its impressiveness, and that by the payment of money a rich man could either avoid the unpleasantness of undergoing personal shame in public, or could engage a substitute. Sir Walter Phillimore in his book on Ecclesiastical Law, records that fees for the commutation of penance were so regularly taken at last, that in 1832 a regular “table of fees” was prepared.” The Stool of Repentance; http://elfinspell.com/England/Andrews/Antiques-Curiosities/StoolOfRepentance.html
COLOSSIANS #126 (10-28-14) The worship of the angels, THRESKEIA (n. dsf; expression of devotion to transcendent beings, esp. as it expresses itself in cultic rites, worship, Acts 26:5 …since they have known about me for a long time, if they are willing to testify, that I lived as a Pharisee according to the strictest sect of our religion. This is not the Greek word that is used for “worship” in its normal usage. That word is PROSKEUNEO which means to express in attitude or gesture one’s complete dependence on or submission to a high authority figure. Example: John 4:24 "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." “It is commonly assumed that the Colossians were being urged to venerate angels… Angels were not merely heavenly beings but “principalities and powers, lords of the planetary spheres, sharing in the plenitude of the divine essence,” who must be placated by regular legal observance and a rigorous asceticism. This perception purportedly came from heavenly visions that the proponents of this distorted teaching had experienced.” Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 21, no. 3 (1978): 216. This artificial godliness of legalists was connected with the worship of angels which Scripture forbids. Exodus 20:3-4 You shall have no other gods before Me. 4) "You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. Revelation 22:8-9 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed me these things. 9) But he said to me, "Do not do that. I am a fellow servant of yours and of your brethren the prophets and of those who heed the words of this book. Worship God." Fallen angels try to induce believers to get into legalism: 1 Tim. 4:1-4
(NASV) …taking his standon visions he has seen
(NKJV) …intruding into those things which he has not seen
(ESV) …going on in detail about visions
(NET) ...That person goes on at great lengths about what he has supposedly seen… Taking his stand, EMBATEUO part. pa; investigate closely; go into detail. On visions he has seen,HORAO, v. rai; to perceive by the eye, catch sight of, or to notice. Satan attacks the authority of the Bible. He says that what you dream, what you have in a trance, what you see when you get ecstatic, is just as real or more real than what the Bible says.
COL. 1, pg. 125
Basing what you believe on a dream, a trance, a vision, or an hallucination, over-emphasizes feelings and ecstatic experiences. How you feel, and what you experience becomes more important than what the Bible says. 2 Peter 1:18-19 …and we ourselves heard this utterance made from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain. 19) So we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, “Strange spirit beings, of astrology, ouija boards, tarot cards and assorted holy men, psychics, swamis, yogis and gurus are all part of present day Gnosticism. All of these purport to offer help in increasing our understanding to fulfill the possibilities of our humanity. The Christian who gets involved with the human potential movement is a present day Gnostic.”
Grace Notes, page 83
People invent their own religion "which they have not seen." They have a do-it-yourself-religion. They make it up as they go along. ? If someone is making a big deal about an experience they had but it does not have any scriptural support, it ought to be checked off as so much spiritual drivel. It is spiritual hallucination. COLOSSIANS #127 (10-30-14) Before the Bible was completely finished being written, God used visions to communicate with certain believers. Today visions are spurious, counterfeit, and unreliable. The only reliable standard, the only credible guide, is the Word of God.
Romans 3:4 Let God be true and every man a liar. Dreams and Visions and Post Canon Revelations The Epistles were written to instruct the early churches in all matters of doctrine and practice. None of the Epistles mention God using visions or dreams to communicate with man.
Visions are presented in a negative way in Colossians 2:18.
The early church pastors and members where instructed to seek their teaching and guidance from the Scriptures. If dreams and visions were operable then they would have been included. 2 Timothy 2:16.
According to 1 Cor. 13:8-10, when the Word of God was completed, there was no longer any need for God to communicate through these mediums. He chose to speak through the written Word which was finished and completed in 95-96 AD.
A Church Age believer has something the Jews did not have. He has God the Holy Spirit indwelling him whose ministry is to illuminate God's written Word.
Often in the OT, people had to have an interpreter to understand their dreams.
The very nature of dreams and visions makes them somewhat unclear and therefore not the best method of communication. Written instruction is far superior. God has chosen to communicate in a clearer way to the church by means of a written record of revelation.
Hebrews 1:1-2 God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, 2) in these last days has spoken to us in His Son…
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Revelation 19:13 And He [JC] was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
COL. 1, pg. 126
When you have an accurate written instruction from God you do not need God to speak directly to you. You do not need special signs to know what His will is or to be directed by Him.
Revelation 22:18 I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God shall add to him the plagues which are written in this book...
Many people today claim to receive messages from God trough dreams, visions, and direct verbal communication. These supposed revelations from God not only differ in content but are inconsistent and contradicting. Is God the author of confusion?
1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion… The Gnostics, in their false humility, would claim that they were not worthy to go straight to God so they claimed that they would reach Him through an angel.
1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, Hebrews 4:16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 10:19 Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, Why would anyone want to worship angels, they are fellow servants with us, Rev. 19:10, and are ministering servants to us, Heb. 1:14.
COLOSSIANS #128 (11-4-14) Colossians 2:18 Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind, The word “prize” is not found in Greek but can be seen in the scope of the Greek word for “defrauding you” which literally means to deprive of a reward. The word “prize” is however found in the verse below. Philippians 3:14 I press on toward the goal for the prize (an award for exceptional performance) of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
The point is, neither of these verses refer to eternal salvation because it is not a goal, it can’t be earned, and it is not a reward, it is a gift. Inflated, PHUSIOO part. pp; to cause to have an exaggerated self-conception, puff up, make proud 1 Cor. 4:18 Now some have become arrogant … 1 Cor. 8:1 Knowledge makes arrogant, but love edifies. Believers who are carnal usually have an inflated ego. They think more highly of themselves than they ought to. Romans 12:3 For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. Proverbs 16:18-19 Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before stumbling. 19) It is better to be humble in spirit … Proverbs 26:12 Do you see a man wise in his own eyes? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
COL. 1, pg. 127
Galatians 6:3 For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. This verse uses the clause, “inflated without cause”. There is never a good reason to become inflated, prideful or arrogant. 1 Corinthians 4:6-7 …that in us, you may learn not to exceed what is written, so that no one of you will become arrogant in behalf of one against the other. 7) For who regards you as superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it? Inflated without cause by his fleshly mind… Romans 8:6-8 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, 7) because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, 8) and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 1 Corinthians 8:1-3 Now concerning things sacrificed to idols, we know [v. rai] that we all have knowledge. Knowledge makes arrogant [PHUSIOO], but love edifies. 2) If1st anyone supposes that he knows [part. ra] anything, he has not yet known as he ought to know; 3) but if anyone loves God, he is known [v. rpi] by Him. COLOSSIANS #129 (11-6-14) Read: 1 Tim. 6:3-6
Colossians 2:19 …and not holding fast to the head [J.C.], from whom the entire body, [Church Age bels.] being supplied and held together [doctrine nourishes and unites] by the joints and ligaments [P-Ts teaching doctrine] grows with a growth which is from God. Jesus Christ is above all authorities and dominions and is the Head of the Church. Ephesians 1:21-23 [J.C. is] …far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 22) And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 23) which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. Colossians 1:18 He [Christ] is also head of the body, the church; Ephesians 5:22-23 Wives, be subject to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23) For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the body. This means that wives are to be subject to Christ and to please Him which includes obeying their husbands whether they are just, righteous, kind, and worthy or not. They don’t obey their husband because he is worthy or because they agree with him but because the Lord requires them to and they want to honor and obey the Lord. If the husband loves his wife like Chirst loves the Church, he does so sacrificially, not putting himself first. He protects his wife from undue hardship, suffering, maltreatment from others and himself, the weather, hunger, etc. These are examples of holding fast to Christ. Not holding fast to Christ is the main reason why believers become puffed up, arrogant bullies. Holding fast, KRATEO part. pa; to adhere strongly to something or to hold, indicating more than a simple, casual commitment; it conveys a sense of dedication, devotion, and faithfulness. It can be reasonably said that the reason we are experiencing so many troubles and woes today is because the majority of believers are not holding fast to Jesus Christ. They are fair weather Christians who have a lackadaisical attitude toward the intake of doctrine which is how believers hold fast to the Head, Jesus Christ. COL. 1, pg. 128
If the believer does not have a healthy relationship to the Head, the life that flows from him as the head will be anemic. Holding fast to the Head is the same as abiding in Christ. John 15:4-5 Abide [v. aam] in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. 5) "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. COLOSSIANS #130 (11-11-14) From whom the entire body… Only Church Age believers make up the body of Christ and it includes every single C.A. believer. Everyone of them is supplied with what he needs in order to complete his or her mission. Read: *Ephesians 4:11-16 Beingsupplied and held together… Notice that the “entire body” is being supplied and held together. Beingsupplied, EPICHOREGEO part. pa; to provide what is necessary for the well-being of another; to support. Both our physical needs and spiritual needs are supplied. Logistical grace provides for our physical needs and Bible doctrine provides for our spiritual needs. “Being supplied” and “held together” are present passive participles. The present tense emphasizes the on-going un-interrupted supply of logistical grace and cohesiveness of the universal church. The passive voice indicates that these are received on the basis of grace; they cannot be earned or merited. Held together, SUMBIBAZO part. pp; to bring together into a unit, unite. What is it that holds the body of Christ together? Some would say, love. But how can be there be agape love unless there is knowledge and application of Bible doctrine? It is true that the Word of God divides, it divides those who are positive from those who are negative towards doctrine, but it also unites those who are positive. Truth ties positive, like-minded believers together. We are bound together by what we believe. 1 Corinthians 1:10 Now I exhort you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all agree and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be made complete in the same mind and in the same judgment. Even though we are different and have varying spiritual gifts, we are all part of the body of Christ. Romans 12:5 …so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.
By the joints and ligamentswhich are body parts connecting the members of the body. Pastor-teachers join the congregation together by teaching doctrine, and the doctrine unites us together into a Royal Family of God. Grows (v. pai)with a growth which is from God.
The Head of the church, Jesus Christ, provides nourishment and unity to the body (the church) through pastor-teachers who teach the Word of God which produces growth in the believers who grow in grace and knowledge.
There is a pseudo-superficial growth that affects outward behavior but does not change one on the inside. True growth that comes from God changes one on the inside and behavioral changes come when divine viewpoint replaces human viewpoint.