Colossians 2: True and False Teaching Distinguished

(23 verses, 3:05 to read)


What I am about to READ

Paul addresses serious errors in the church at Colossae, and provides corrective teaching.


1-5: Paul’s warning against false teaching

6-15: Paul’s corrective, right teaching

16-23: The benefits of Christ’s work for the Christian


– Paul assures the Colossians that even though he hasn’t seen them face-to-face, they are nevertheless united, knitted together by the love of God in Christ Jesus. Having this unity of love, they also have the unity of wisdom and of knowledge — nothing is secret, all is revealed in full in Christ.

– The middle section of chapter 2 (especially verses 8-15) are densely packed with beautiful language affirming the deity of Christ (verse 9), the benefits of Christ’s work on behalf of mankind (verse 11), the indescribable joys of Holy Baptism (verse 12), and perhaps the most clear and succinct explanation in the Holy Scripture of Christ’s vicarious suffering and death (13-15).

– The chapter concludes by expounding the freedom of the Christian who is no longer burdened by the demands of the Law for His salvation. The appeal is to Christ, not “feasts, new moons,” etc. The later have an appearance of wisdom, but show themselves to be worldly foolishness, separate from Christ, the Head, and quite apart from the unifying wisdom and knowledge of the love of God in Christ that Paul speaks of at the beginning of the chapter.


The second stanza of “Lord, Thee I Love With All My Heart” immediately comes to mind when false doctrine is discussed in Holy Scripture. It succinctly points out the great dangers of false doctrine, and who is behind it. The whole hymn is worth knowing by heart, but following is the second stanza alone:

2. Yea, Lord, ’twas Thy rich bounty gave
My body, soul, and all I have
In this poor life of labor.
Lord, grant that I in every place
May glorify Thy lavish grace
And serve and help my neighbor.
Let no false doctrine me beguile
And Satan not my soul defile.

Give strength and patience unto me
To bear my cross and follow Thee.
Lord Jesus Christ,
My God and Lord, my God and Lord,
In death Thy comfort still afford.

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-Pastor Weslie Odom


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