No, you're already in - insiders - not through some secretive initiation rite but rather through what Christ has already gone through for you, destroying the power of sin.

Then you will have minds confident and at rest, focused on Christ, God's great mystery. (F) 5 For though I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit(G) and delight to see how disciplined(H) you are and how firm(I) your faith in Christ(J) is. Now do what you've been taught. They want to drag you off into endless arguments that never amount to anything. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. Then you will have minds confident and at rest, focused on Christ, God's great mystery. Going under the water was a burial of your old life; coming up out of it was a resurrection, God raising you from the dead as he did Christ. 23 These practices indeed have the appearance [that popularly passes as that] of wisdom in self-made religion and mock humility and severe treatment of the body (asceticism), but are of no value against sinful indulgence [because they do not honor God]. When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. His power extends over everything. When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. All the richest treasures of wisdom and knowledge are embedded in that mystery and nowhere else.

Now do what you’ve been taught. When the 5 foolish virgins went to purchase oil who did they purchase it from? You’re not in this alone. When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ’s cross. REVIVAL: Stronger Than Ever. 20 If you have died with Christ to the [j]elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were still living in the world, do you submit to rules and regulations, such as, 21 “Do not handle [this], do not taste [that], do not [even] touch!”? 16-17 So don’t put up with anyone pressuring you in details of diet, worship services, or holy days. The Third Em: Message —A lesson from Colossians. Not many of you have met me face-to-face, but that doesn't make any difference.

Read verse in The Message Bible Colossians 2 The Message (MSG) 2 I want you to realize that I continue to work as hard as I know how for you, and also for the Christians over at Laodicea. My counsel for you is simple and straightforward: Just go ahead with what you've been given. 2 Votes, Colossians 2:12 He is the Head and we are the body. And let your living spill over into thanksgiving. 11-15 Entering into this fullness is not something you figure out or achieve. Above all human wisdom and tradition, Christ stands forth as preeminent over all and sufficient for all. 3  All the richest treasures of wisdom and knowledge are embedded in that mystery and nowhere else.

They’re completely out of touch with the source of life, Christ, who puts us together in one piece, whose very breath and blood flow through us. They were not to be taken "captive" by philosophy (Colossians 2:8), but were to remain focused on Christ (Colossians 2:8–10). Browse Sermons on Colossians 2. 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. They spread their ideas through the empty traditions of human beings and the empty superstitions of spirit beings. Then you will have minds confident and at rest, focused on Christ, God's great mystery. It’s not a matter of being circumcised or keeping a long list of laws. I’m telling you this because I don’t want anyone leading you off on some wild-goose chase, after other so-called mysteries, or “the Secret.”, Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson, The Message (MSG), Contemporary Comparative Side-by-Side Bible: NIV/NKJV/NLT/The Message, Bonded leather, burgundy, The Message // REMIX 2.0, Soft Imitation Leather, Color Spectrum, Message Slimline Bible--soft leather-look, black/spring wildflowers. Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. His power extends over everything. His power extends over everything. 16 I'm a long way off, true, and you may never lay eyes on me, but believe me, I'm on your side, right beside you. All those things are mere shadows cast before what was to come; the substance is Christ. “Don’t touch this! They spread their ideas through the empty traditions of human beings and the empty superstitions of spirit beings. The Message (MSG) Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by NavPress and Eugene H. Peterson, Colossians 2:6 I want you to realize that I continue to work as hard as I know how for you, and also for the Christians over at Laodicea. Don’t go near this!” Do you think things that are here today and gone tomorrow are worth that kind of attention? You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. They want to drag you off into endless arguments that never amount to anything. Am I off track? Now do what you've been taught. God brought you alive - right along with Christ! What are the different sects in the Muslim religion? I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God. Not many of you have met me face-to-face, but that doesn’t make any difference.

Think of it! You can cancel anytime during the trial period. All those things are mere shadows cast before what was to come; the substance is Christ. As we saw last week, you might even be deceived and not realize it. • I'm telling you this because I don't want anyone leading you off on some wild-goose chase, after other so-called mysteries, or "the Secret.". Copyright © 2019 by Zondervan. • 4  I'm telling you this because I don't want anyone leading you off on some wild-goose chase, after other so-called mysteries, or "the Secret."

So, then, if with Christ you’ve put all that pretentious and infantile religion behind you, why do you let yourselves be bullied by it? They’re a lot of hot air, that’s all they are. Such things sound impressive if said in a deep enough voice. 8 Know that I’m on your side, right alongside you. You know your way around the faith. Entering into this fullness is not something you figure out or achieve. Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631.