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THE TRADITIONS OF MAN VS THE TRADITIONS OF GOD

October 6, 2015

Tuesday

 

Colossians 2:8

 

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.

 

 

LESSON

 

In this pericope, Paul revealed what his readers enjoyed in Christ, in order to encourage them to remain faithful to the true revelation they had received and believed. “The apostle now makes his most direct attack against ‘the Colossian heresy. Paul began by warning his readers not to be kidnapped (taken “captive”),or carried off bodily, as a slave raider does.

Philosophy”—this is the only occurrence of the word in the New Testament—does not refer here to the study of basic questions concerning God, man, and the meaning of life. It refers to worldly “principles,” the speculations and ideas of false teachers not rooted in divine revelation. These ideas had come down by merely human “tradition.”

 

Memory Verse: Romans 3:25

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