Colossians 2:1-23. Understanding the mystery and all treasures of wisdom and knowledge of God.

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1. God is Righteous and Holy, so, God will punish the Evil and reward the Good.

Most religious Christians know 1 Timothy 2:4. It says, "4 Who (God) will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth." Christians take the phrase "Who will have all men to be saved," and interpret this as, God want to save all men of the world. But it is not what it says. Here, it is also linked to the knowledge of truth. People want to get away with lie, lust, and murder as much as possible, but they do not want to know the truth of eternal judgment based on righteousness of God. God wish for them to know the truth, and thereby escape damnation. This is the context, and it is what God says. The sentence means that if men come unto the knowledge of truth to obey, God will allow them to be saved. If they do not come to the knowledge of truth, God will not allow them to enter heaven. Let us see one more unfamiliar truth about God. "Matthew 13:10 says, the disciples came, and said unto him (Jesus Christ), Why speakest thou unto them in parables?" Jesus replied to them in verses 11-16 that he does not want them to understand the mysteries or the truth of God, because they do not have the desire to know. The key verse is 15. It says, "For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them." That is, because they do not have the desire in their heart, God does not want them to be converted, and he does not want to heal them, their sins to escape the damnation in hell. In short, God does not want to save them because they were evil people. But preachers preach that God is weeping for them and going behind them, begging them to come to him. It is nonsense and filthy lie. Don't try to make God cheap. He is the most righteous Judge, and God is most high above all heavens. God will punish evil people and will reward good people. God keeps this also as mystery.

2. Understanding the mystery of God and all treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

"Colossians 2:1 For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;" Apostle Paul mentions that he has a conflict for them in Laodicea, and others who have not yet seen him. Why was there a conflict? "2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; 3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." The conflict is that Paul desires that they must love God, his full understanding, and mysteries. These are treasures of wisdom and knowledge of God. As an apostle of God to them, it is the responsibility and burden to him to show them the mysteries of God since they are chosen of God. That is, as much as God wants to reveal his mysteries, wisdom, and knowledge to saints, God does not want the evil religious people to know them, that is the conflict.

3. Received Christ Jesus, walk in him, be rooted, built up, and established in him.

It is common that enticing preachers become celebrity preachers. They make a fool out of Christians to make their fortune and to become famous. Actually, it is not new, they were even present in the first century. "4 says, And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words." Apostle Paul cautions about such people. But, if you want to be a fool and a loser, enjoy it and you are the one who will lose. But Spiritual people will have good discernment. He says in verse 5, "For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ." Here, we see that the apostle is connected with them in the Spirit, even though he was not present there. Religious people will not understand this. There are different levels of spiritual power, that God gives to spirituals. So, whatever level you are in the Spirit, hold your level. Religious Christians tell clichés; they will be just empty words; but spiritual Christians will live the life. "6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:" Spiritual people will walk the life of Christ, others are liars. "7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving." Saints will be established in truth, but others will live in sin. "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." It is simple to understand, and it means what it says. "9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily." If you are in Jesus Christ in the Spirit, he will be your head and you will be his body; what the head says the body will do. "10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:" If you are the body and he is the head in life, you are complete with Jesus Christ.

4. Spiritual Circumcision, buried with him in baptism, quickened together with him.

Circumcision is a ceremony that the foreskin will be cutout and discarded. Here, the circumcision that is mentioned is not flesh. But, instead of the flesh, our sins will be cut off and be discarded, and so, it is not physical but Spiritual.  It is in verse11, it says, "In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:" It is called circumcision of Christ. "12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;" If he is the head and you are the body, if you are in that relationship, the rest of the things are easy to understand. It is Spiritual, you are buried with him and are raised with him; your sins are cut off by circumcision; you will not sin anymore; and so, your past sins are forgiven. It is all Spiritual, and if you are Spiritual, you will understand it very easily. What did Jesus Christ do on the cross? "14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it. 16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ." God destroyed all the ceremonial laws and requirements, made them all void. Worship God in Spirit and in truth, that is all it is required. All ritual worships are void.

5. Let no man beguile you of your reward in voluntary humility and worship of angels.

"18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God." So, there are two things; one is of the flesh, and another is of the Spirit. Verse 19 says that the spiritual person will increase in God. Verse 18 tells of the flesh mind that will be proud, but victims of celebrity preachers and religious leaders. Bible refers to the adoration of them as worshipping of angels. They are made to think that they are of God, and so, they worship them as angels of God. But those who are the body of Christ, for whom Jesus Christ is the head, this deception will never happen. We are not under the laws of the religious ceremonies, rituals, etc. We are under Jesus Christ the head, and he guides us by his Spirit. "20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, 21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not; 22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?" All religious, social, and the worldly Christians will follow the doctrines and commandments of Men. "23 Which things have indeed a show of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh." Religious Christians neglect the body of Christ, which is of the spirit. But they will have a show of wisdom, looks as humble and godly, and the world will glory in its fame and glamor. It will not be good for anything of the spirit, but to satisfy the flesh. But if you are of the flesh, you will perish. Be a part in the body of Christ and Christ being your head. You will inherit the kingdom of God.

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I am a retired pastor of the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India

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