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Lesson 5: Made Alive with Christ (Colossians 2:5-15)

Colossians 2:5-15

Day One Study

1. Read all of Colossians 2. As you read, keep in mind what you have learned about the heresy affecting the Colossian church so you will recognize the instructions and solutions Paul gives to them. Note the warnings in Chapter 2 by looking for the phrases “see to it,” “let no one” and similar ones. Which verses contain warnings?

2. What interested you as you read? What questions came to mind as you read it? What was Paul feeling?

3. What ideas from previous verses are repeated or stressed in this passage?

4. What do you think is the main idea stressed in Chapter 2?

5. Reread Colossians 2:5-15. Although absent from them physically, Paul is “with them” through the Spirit. What two specific things about this church cause him to rejoice/delight? Why?

6. Then, Paul exhorts them to “live/walk in Him?” How?

Focus on the Meaning: “‘Christ Jesus the Lord,’ [v. 6] a phrase that Paul used nowhere else, counteracts three false conceptions of the Savior. These are His deity (“Christ”) that Judaism denied, His humanity (“Jesus”) that Docetists denied, and His sovereignty (“Lord”) that many varieties of false teaching denied…Advocates of “lordship salvation” get into trouble when they go beyond this statement. Their position is that unless a person consistently obeys—they never specify how consistent one must be—he or she never truly accepted Christ.” (Constables Notes on Colossians, p. 27)

7. Staying Healthy: Okay, now what does this really mean? Get specific—if you were explaining this to someone, how would you tell that person to “live/walk in Him” in everyday life?

Day Two Study

8. Read Colossians 2:5-15. Paul agonizes over the danger of believers being deluded or led away from God’s truth. What is taking the Colossians captive? What do you think are the basic principles of this world?

Scriptural Insight: “True Christian philosophy “take[s] captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5). Philosophy is the love of wisdom, but if one loves wisdom that is not Christ, he loves an empty idol. Such a one will be “always learning but never able to acknowledge the truth” (2 Tim. 3:7).” (The Bible Knowledge Commentary New Testament, p. 677)

9. Staying Healthy: Paul was extremely concerned about the heresy (anything that is not according to what the Word of God teaches) that was infiltrating the Colossians. Are you aware of any modern-day philosophies, traditions, false teachings or prophecies that might be deluding you? Consider this question carefully. What kind of input into your thoughts are you receiving now or have received in the past that could still be affecting you? Ask someone to pray specifically for you to be released from anything that is taking you “captive.”

10. Getting a grasp of the facts:

·         In whom does all the fullness of Deity dwell in bodily form?

·         Who is the head over all rule and authority?

·         Where in the letter to the Colossians did Paul emphasize this and why?

11. Circumcision in the Old Testament referred to the physical cutting away of the flesh as a sign of being part of the Jew’s covenant with God. According to these verses—Colossians 2:11; Romans 2:28-29; Galatians 5:6, and Philippians 3:2-3—what does circumcision mean in the New Testament?

12. What does Paul mean by being “buried with Him in baptism?” See also Romans 6:3-5.

13. What parallels are there between circumcision and baptism?

14. Name everything that God has done for us according to Colossians 2:13-15? See also Galatians 3:13.

15. Deeper Discoveries (optional): What does “dead in your sins” mean? See James 4:17 and Ephesians 2:1-10. Can we save ourselves? See James 2:10 and Galatians 3:10.

16. Since Jesus’ death was in the past while we live subsequent to that event, how many of our sins were forgiven by Jesus’ death on the cross? Are you sure?

17. Deeper Discoveries (optional): Colossians 2:15 is an interesting verse. In light of the culture in which Paul was living, what does it mean? Use Bible notes, commentaries, or online websites such as www.bible.org for help.

18. Staying Healthy: In Jesus we have been made complete (Greek = pleroo which means “to fill” or “be made full”) through identification with Christ. How are you made “complete” or “full” in Him (Jesus)? Give verses from chapters 1 and 2. Are you still searching for more? Why?

Jesus Christ is above all powers and authorities, in all believers, and is all we need for earth and heaven!!

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