Col. 2:8 tPt
“Beware that no one distracts you or intimidates you in their attempt to lead you away from Christ’s fullness by pretending to be full of wisdom when they’re filled with endless arguments of human logic. For they operate with humanistic and clouded judgments based on the mindset of this world’s system, and not the Anointed truths of the Anointed One.”
In the KJV, Paul says “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.” Paul is actually talking about certain Jewish Christian ascetics, which busied itself with refined and speculative inquiries into the nature and classes of angels, into the rituals of the Mosaic law, and the regulations of Jewish tradition in regards to practical life.
I echo Paul’s admonition today by saying beware of anyone that pretends to be full of wisdom with their teaching on angels (which includes the identification, study, and classification of fallen angels, i.e. demonology), their teachings on rituals, and practical life instructions based upon the regulations of Jewish traditions.
Why? Because these lead us away from Christ’s fullness, even when done with good intentions. These teachings often dive into the types and shadows of things that were presented to those in Old Covenant days to keep watch for the coming fulfillment. But, thankfully, we have Christ, and maintaining these lesser fascinations leads us away from the fullness of His present presence! He is now our main focus!
We MUST disconnect from any form of teaching that is not pointing us to the fullness of Christ. We need to be engaged in full discovery of our inheritance in Christ! We need to bathe ourselves in the anointed truths of the Anointed One! By disguising itself as wisdom (though in reality, it is actually humanism and worldly mindsets in religious robes), these teachings were dangerous to the church of Colasse and to us as well. Beware…
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