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Commentaries for Colossians Chapter 2

PAUL'S ARGUMENT AGAINST CHRISTLESS THEOLOGY

To this point in the main body of his letter, Paul has reminded his readers of the essential ingredients of the gospel (1:12-23) they first heard from Epaphras (1:6-7), and has defended his authority to admonish and teach his readers in its light (1:24--2:3)...
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The Error of Sophistry

Paul's quarrel is not with academic philosophy per se, nor is it with anyone who drafts persuasive and learned arguments to advance the gospel truth...
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Paul's Response to the "Philosopher"

In responding to a philosophy or system of truth devoid of any Christology, Paul returns to two core convictions found in his opening confession of the Lord Christ (1:15-20)...
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Christ Is God Within History

The first formulation of Christ's lordship claims that Christ embodied all the fullness of the Deity and that he did so in bodily form...
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Christ Is Lord over History

Paul's second christological argument is a more direct response to the Christless philosophy in Colosse: Christ is the head over every power and authority (2:10)...
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PAUL'S POLEMIC AGAINST CHRISTLESS ETHICS

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The Error of Ascetic Piety

Sociologist James Davison Hunter, in his recent book on evangelicalism, characterized historic evangelicalism as "world-denying...
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Accusation Without Foundation

The second section of Paul's theological polemic envisions a particular person who apparently is acting as a spiritual umpire, watching to see whether the community observes certain holy days and complies with certain dietary regulations and using these things to determine the quality of their devotion to God...
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Righteousness Without Relationship

The second command expands the first: Do not let anyone ...
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Religion Without Results

Once again Paul uses the difficult but important catchword stoicheia, translated "basic principles," to call attention to his opponent's preoccupation with the four basic elements of earth (see 2:8), which make up the very things not handled, not tasted, not touched...
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