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Colossians 2:6-17

Part 2

Charles Corno

Colossians 2:6:17
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. 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. For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.

The text quoted Colossians 2:16-17 is so often misquoted and misused: either it is interpreted as you don’t have to keep the feasts, or your don’t have to keep the Sabbath, you have to keep the sabbaths. However all Paul is saying here is simply, a person who lives in Christ should not allow anyone to judge him regardless of what food he east, what he drinks, how he approaches God in festivals, new moons or sabbaths Because the church belongs to and is in Christ:
16 Because of this don’t let anyone judge (krino) you in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or of sabbath days -- 17 things which are a shadow of what is to come; but the body (soma) is of Christ.
It is in the previous verses that the Spiritual battleground is written which allows Paul to write verses 16 and 17. Let’s look at them.

Colossians 2:6-17
6 Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk around (peripateo) in Him,

peripateo - to tread all around, i.e. walk at large (especially as proof of ability); be occupied with, walk (about).

Note: The idea that Paul is presenting is that we can “walk around” in Christ, strange idea to us. He is presenting that to be in Christ is a realm, a Kingdom if you will. Christ is the Kingdom of God in bodily form and to live in Him is to live in the Kingdom. We are members of the Kingship of Yahweh.

7 having been firmly rooted (rhizoo) and now being built up (epoikodomeo) in Him and established (bebaioo) in the faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude.

rhizoo - to root (figuratively, become stable):

epoikodomeo -to build upon, i.e. (figuratively) to rear up

bebaioo - to substantiate (figuratively):confirm, establish.

Note: To Paul being in Christ is everything; therefore, in the Kingdom we are rooted and built up and established in the faith. We have a reason to overflow with gratitude (eucharisti) the root word is where the Communion (Eucharist) comes from. Only free and happy people rejoice and overflow with gratitude

8 Watch out! (blepete) that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty (kenos) deception (paradosis), according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles (stoicheion) of the cosmos, rather than according to Christ.

blepo - to look at (literally or figuratively): behold, beware, lie, look (on, to), perceive, regard, see, sight, take heed. – here blepete a strong imperative

kenos - empty (literally or figuratively): vain

paradosis - transmission, i.e. (concretely) a precept; specifically, the Jewish traditionary law: ordinance, tradition.

stoicheion - something orderly in arrangement, i.e. (by implication) a serial (basal, fundamental, initial) constituent (literally), proposition (figuratively):
element, principle, rudiment.

Note: The Greek text uses the Imperative mode, there is a real danger here so Watch out! It is not something to allow a hearing of it. We are impressed with people who dogmatically proclaim what they say and dazzle us with their knowledge. But we have to be aware and be alert as good as this appears if is not rooted and centered in Christ it is to our detriment and jeopardizes our place in the realm or Kingdom of Elohim.

9 For in Him all the fullness of the Godhead (theotes) dwells bodily (somatikos)
theotes - divinity (abstractly): godhead.

somatikos - adverb -corporeally or physically:bodily.

Note: What an amazing statement Paul’s equivalent to John’s words “The Word was God,” and “the Word became flesh...” Jesus never ceased to be God even when He was human. Everything that humanity is searching for by various means is found in Christ – He is the answer the only answer

10 and you are complete (pleroo) in Him, and He is the head over all rule (arche) and authority (exousia);

pleroo - to make replete, i.e. (literally) to cram (a net), level up (a hollow), or (figuratively) to furnish (or imbue, diffuse, influence), satisfy, execute (an office), finish (a period or task), verify (or coincide with a prediction), etc. accomplish, X after, (be) complete, end, expire, fill (up), fulfil, (be, make) full (come), fully preach, perfect, supply.

arche - a commencement, or (concretely) chief (in various applications of order, time, place, or rank): beginning, corner, (at the, the) first (estate), magistrate, power, principality, principle, rule.

exousia - privilege, i.e. (subjectively) force, capacity, competency, freedom, or (objectively) mastery (concretely, magistrate, superhuman, potentate, token of control), delegated influence: authority, jurisdiction, liberty, power, right, strength.

Note To be complete in Christ is everything and this completeness is God’s prerogative and gift and can only come In Christ.

11 and in Him you are also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ;

Note: Paul knows the full significance of circumcision in the Torah as well as the Prophets and Writings – the Old Testament. He therefore tells us that the human operation – the removal of the foreskin by the Moel – the type, has been made obsolete because the true circumcision is in Christ. The circumcision is still in effect for the people of the Kingdom it is now moved to the antitype in Christ. We now have something that no one in the entire Old Testament had, the perfect, sinless circumcision that is in Christ – He is our circumcision – Awesome!

12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.

Note: Again even baptism is only valid in Christ. My baptism and yours has to be a statement of faith in Christ. His Baptism is the only acceptable Baptism and we die and resurrect in Him. That is why I always separated the Baptism from the vows - Baptism put you in the realm In Christ, the vows put you into an organization that cannot save you so you are part of that congregation and the organization as a whole and are entitled to whatever the organization permits or disallows by its rules. A good thing for sure but it cannot not nor will it ever save you.

13 When you were dead in your transgressions (paraptoma) and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive (suzoopoieo) together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions (paraptoma);

paraptoma - a side-slip (lapse or deviation), i.e. (unintentional) error or (wilful) transgression: fall, fault, offence, sin, trespass.

suzoopoieo - to reanimate conjointly with (figuratively):quicken together with.

Note: Christ made you alive and in Him you were Baptized, circumcised, and forgiven. We are as alive as He is alive, and He is life.

14 having canceled out (exaleipho) the hand written (cheirographon) ordinances (dogma), which was hostile (hupenantios) to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

exaleipho - to smear out, i.e. obliterate (erase tears, figuratively, pardon sin), blot out, wipe away.

cheirographon - something hand-written ("chorograph"), i.e. a manuscript specifically, a legal document or bond, handwriting.

dogma - a law (civil, ceremonial or ecclesiastical): decree, ordinance.

hupenantios - under (covertly) contrary to, i.e. opposed or (as noun) an opponent, adversary, against.

Note: Every conceivable thing, philosophy, rule etc. was obliterated on the cross. There is only on way and that is Jesus – that’s it. Jesus plus anything good or bad is meaningless. It is a message that will bring eternal damnation it is a Kingdomless message. A message of enslavement rather then freedom.

15 And having spoiled (apekduomai) the rulers (arche) and authorities (exousia), He made a public exhibition (deigmatizo) of them, triumphing over them through Him.

apekduomai - to divest wholly oneself, or (for oneself) despoil put off, spoil.

arche - a commencement, or (concretely) chief (in various applications of order, time, place, or rank): beginning, corner, (at the, the) first (estate), magistrate, power, principality, principle, rule.

exousia - privilege, i.e. (subjectively) force, capacity, competency, freedom, or (objectively) mastery (concretely, magistrate, superhuman, potentate, token of control), delegated influence: authority, jurisdiction, liberty, power, right, strength.

deigmatizo - to exhibit: make a show

16 Because of this don’t let anyone judge (krino) you in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or of sabbath days -- 17 things which are a shadow of what is to come; but the body (soma) is of Christ

krino - properly, to distinguish, i.e. decide (mentally or judicially); by implication, to try, condemn, punish, avenge, conclude, condemn, damn, decree, determine
soma – the body (as a sound whole), used in a very wide application, literally or figuratively: bodily, body

Note: As you can see by the context Paul is saying here is simply, a person who lives in Christ should not allow anyone to judge him regardless of what food he east, what he drinks, how he approaches God in festivals, new moons or sabbaths Because the Realm belongs to and is in Christ.
I do not see the Seventh day Sabbath included here because it has a unique place in the Bible. Remember it was before sin and will be after sin. It is not to be legally kept but it should be observed because it is the day that Yahweh Eloheinu set aside and made holy. Some question why are you having a Sukkah , the holiday is for the Jews and not Gentiles. This is true of the Sabbaths, but the Seventh day Sabbath was not given to the Jews only but to all of creation- everyone who lives in the Kingdom of Elohim. There is a Biblical distinction.

We live in the realm that is Christ. That realm allows freedom. If Christ is not the center of the message and the only foundation of the message then that message has been annihilated. Anyone preaching anything – however good or doctrinally correct – is lecturing not preaching. Any Bible study that does not reveal God is a study of a book rather then a study of the Bible
All the garbage is nailed to the cross. The Member of the Kingdom of Elohim lives in that realm and walks in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit (Christ in you)


My additional thoughts - I find it sad that we have moved away from the fundamental principals of Bible study – exegesis – to isogesis to fit our ideas which enslave the congregations. When we study or listen to a sermon or read a book or commentary we have to remember that there is a method to Biblical study it is simple and avoids many pitfalls:

Genesis - The first book - All other books and prophets must agree with it.
The Torah as a whole agrees with Genesis and is the rest of the foundation.
Every other Old Testament book and prophet must agree with the Torah.
New Testament – Must agree with the Torah and the rest of the Old Testament. The New Testament is not a commentary on the Old Testament it is a continuation of the God inspires prophetic announcement. It is rooted in Christ, who of course tells us that the entire OT is about Him. The main writer of the New Testament who the New Testament is proven by is Paul – His writings are the oldest.
Every book in our Bible today rests on Genesis and the Torah. If any other prophetic word contradicts them or bring something foreign they are not kosher.
So we have each prophet tested by the word of the previous prophets form NT back to OT and ultimately to Moses. What Paul is telling us in this entire passage is this is the way it is all the way back to Moses and now The Prophet has come, Jesus, and He is in full Harmony with all that were before Him as a matter of fact He is what they were all about. No prophet is great then the previous prophet, and even the first one, Moses, is less then the ultimate revelation as Hebrews states:

Heb 1:1-3
1:1 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, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. 3 And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

Here is the ultimate revelation. The proof of the prophetic line – the final test of the prophet is not in rules but in lifting up Christ and only Christ. If they don’t or they add a plus like you have to they are false, if they do they are true. This is true of all of the gifts of the Spirit because His job is to testify of Jesus.

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