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Worldliness Definition #2 – Colossians 2.6-10

March 11, 2009

6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. 8 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.

Philosophy was not only one of the most boring classes I took in college, but it was also one of the most confusing classes ever as well. The philosophy mentioned in this verse is important for us to understand, as it’s not decrying all philosophy. In fact, philosophy isn’t wrong, as long as the philosopher knows that wisdom is found in Christ and Christ alone.

Here are some of the discussion questions we worked through for this passage:

What does it mean, “just as you accepted Christ, you must continue to follow him?” What is the philosophy and vain deceit of today? Why do they run to those? Where should they run (hint, look further down in Col. 2)? What does Jesus think of these things?

Some suggestions:

Being a slave to something other than Christ.

Yielding to the emptiness of flesh instead of the fullness of Christ.

Making myself God.

Never being satisfied or content with what Christ has to offer.

My definition has become this:

Trusting the wisdom of another (even myself!) and not the wisdom of Christ to provide what I need to survive day by day.

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