Heavenly Father, thank You for Jesus and that all things were made by Him and for Him. What was behind this deceptive philosophy was “human tradition” and “elemental spiritual forces.” In short, these false teachings were inspired by demons and were opposed to Jesus Christ. “Elemental spirits” is sometimes translated, “elementary principles.” This could refer to the ways of the world that is in darkness. Keep me from being influenced by the enticing arguments, idle philosophies and crude notions of human traditions, which inevitably look for answers to life, anywhere except to the truth, which is only found in the Lord Jesus Christ as recorded in the Word of God. To look to another Gospel or philosophy is to be taken prisoner by it and to be separated from Christ. They were not only to stand firm on Paul's sound doctrinal teaching but were to advance in their spiritual growth - and to avoid being influenced by convincing arguments which conflict with the Word of God. ESV 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. I realise that without Him there is no meaning in life. NIV See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. Colossians 2:8-15 8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. The things by which they imposed upon weak minds are as follow, and therefore to be shunned, avoided, and rejected: through philosophy: not right philosophy, or true wisdom, the knowledge of God, of the things of nature, of things natural, moral, and civil; which may be attained unto by the use of reason, and light of nature. So many Christians today are searching for something outside of Christ.. having a form of godliness but denying the wisdom, the power, the glory and the majesty - but our hope, our life, our light and our truth is found in Christ and Christ alone. But however secure we consider ourselves to be in the faith.. Paul's warning is clear: Take care, lest there be someone who leads you away as prisoners.. by means of his philosophy and idle fancies, following human traditions and the world's crude notions instead of following Christ. Why, therefore do we need to embrace other teachings when our sufficiency is in Christ and set out clearly in the written Word of God.. May we never be enticed away from the truth of contained in Scriptures, which were written for our learning. The Colossians to whom Paul was writing were spirit-filled believers. If you feel you have wandered off the straight path of Christ, simply repent and get back on. The spoiler and his implement. See to it, says Paul, lest there be some one--I do not say more, you can guess my meaning--to carry you off as his spoil (not take spoil from you). Colossians 2:8 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Colossians 2:8, NIV: "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ." To prevent ourselves from being deceived we must come to a secure understanding that in Christ alone are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, so that we are not enticed from biblical truth by the convincing arguments of men and their humanistic philosophies. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. of Proud member Thank You that He is the only way, the only truth and the only life. The effect of being taken in by one of these is to be taken captive by evil. Colossians 2:8 What Does Colossians 2:8 Mean? Salem Media Group. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. What this “hollow and deceptive philosophy” is, is hard to say, but considering that the ancient world of the New Testament was well acquainted with the Greek philosophers, multiple pagan religions and cults, and the term philosophy was applied broadly, even to the teaching of the Pharisees, it could be any number of things. #2 “…that no one takes you captive…” We belong to only one, and that is Jesus. #1 “See to it…” This will take intentionality and guardedness. As believers we do not have to succumb to any alternatives because we are in Christ and are complete in Him - for in Him dwells all the knowledge of the Godhead bodily. His remedy on avoiding a fall was to keep advancing in the truth. KJV Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. The apostle does not mean to condemn all arts and sciences, as useless and hurtful, such as natural philosophy in its various branches, ethics, logic, rhetoric when kept within due bounds, and in their proper place and sphere; for with instances of these the Scriptures themselves abound; but he means that philosophy, or science, which is falsely so called, the false notions of philosophers; such as the eternity of matter, and of this world, the mortality of souls, the worshipping of demons and angels, &c. and also such principles in philosophy, which in themselves, and in the things of nature, are true, but, when applied to divine things, to things above nature, the mere effects of divine power and grace, and of pure revelation, are false; as that out of nothing, nothing can be made, which in the things of nature is true, but not to be applied to the God of nature, who has made the world out of nothing; as also that from a privation to an habit there is no return, which is naturally true, but not to be applied to supernatural things, and supernatural agency; witness the miracles of Christ, in restoring sight to the blind, life to the dead and therefore is not to be employed against the resurrection of the dead: philosophy may be useful as an handmaid; it is not to be a mistress in theological things; it may subserve, but not govern; it is not to be made use of as a judge, or rule in such matters; the natural man, on these principles, neither knows nor receives the things of the Spirit of God; judgment is not to be made and formed according to them; as of a trinity of persons in the Godhead; of the sonship of Christ, and his incarnation; of man's redemption by him, of reconciliation and satisfaction by his blood and sacrifice, of the pardon of sin, of a sinner's justification, of the resurrection of the dead, and such like articles of faith: that philosophy which is right, can only be a rule of judgment in things relating to it, and not in those which are out of its sphere: in a word, the apostle here condemns the philosophy of the Jews, and of the Gnostics; the former had introduced natural philosophy into the worship and service of God, and the things appertaining to their religion; and had made the tabernacle and temple, and the most holy place, and the things belonging thereunto, emblems and hieroglyphics of natural things; as of the sun, moon, and stars, and their influences, and of the four elements, and of moral virtue as appears from the writings of Josephus F18, and Philo F19; when they were types and representatives of spiritual things under the Gospel dispensation; and the latter had brought in the philosophy of Pythagoras and Plato, concerning abstinences, purgations, sacrifices, and ceremonies of worship, given to demons and angels: in short, the apostle's meaning is, that philosophy is not to be mixed with the pure Gospel of Christ; it has always been fatal to it; witness the school of Pantaenus in Alexandria, in the early times of Christianity, by which the simplicity of the Gospel was greatly corrupted; and the race of schoolmen a few centuries ago, who introduced the philosophy of Aristotle, Averrois, and others, into all the subjects of divinity: to observe no more, such kind of philosophy is here meant, which may be truly called.
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