MacArthur qualifies this by noting that "It was not that he wanted glory or honor for himself, or wanted to prove himself better than other Christians, showing them up in Christian service.

(Php 1:9, 10-See notes Ph 1:9; 10), John Gill wrote that "Some Christians are more affectionate, and less knowing; others are more knowing, and less affectionate; it is well when love and knowledge go and keep pace together". In wisdom, love, and light. We can"t be naive and think that everyone in the religious world is telling the truth. First, he commended them for their "good order," which refers to being battle-ready, disciplined soldiers. (Ed: It will "deflect" us away from the Spirit filled/empowered life. It is a blessed thing that in our God holiness and power are united. As Beet says "While the weak and mortal flesh of Paul lingered in prison at Rome, the eye of his spirit was fixed on the Christians at Colossae." JUST AS YOU WERE INSTRUCTED AND OVERFLOWING WITH GRATITUDE: kathos edidacthete (2PAPI) perisseuontes (PAPMN) en aute en eucharistia: even as you were instructed, abounding in it in the sphere of thanksgiving (Wuest). Wayne Barber relates his story about 10 individuals who were very instrumental in his early faith, 5 of whom have strayed from Christ being the central message of their preaching!

( Collected writings of W. E. Vine. So they come alongside you with their very logical sounding reasoning and they cheat their hearers by the use of this false reasoning. In the same manner we must five always and everywhere, receiving from Him, by faith, grace upon grace, and allowing what He works in to work out in all manner of godliness, tenderness, and Christlikeness. Jacob used paralogizomai when he reproached Laban for refusing to live up to his bargain with him concerning Rachel, saying. Paul urged believers to live by faith so they would become firmly established in their walk with Christ (Col. 2:6, 7). Jude 1:20 But (Jude contrasts believing readers with false teachers) you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, Comment: Building up is in the present tense signifying continuous "edification" and the active voice identifies this as a choice we must make.

It bespeaks of His great grace. Knowledge is a strong defense against false teachers. And if He did this for you when you were an enemy and a stranger, what think you, now that you are His own, will He not much more fulfill His promise? We must keep to Him, cling to Him, never let Him go, but live and have our being in Him. In these days when we have so many counterfeit and imitation things around we are used to be being deceived and not even be alarmed at how easy we are "suckered". The saints are not, by nature, wells, or streams, they are but cisterns into which the living water flows; they are empty vessels into which God pours his salvation. I am no gardener; but my successor was - and, strange to relate, he had a bumper crop his very first year! The perfect tense speaks of permanence of their "rooting" which should encourage you if you wrestle with the teaching (with which I do not believe is Scripturally sound doctrine) that you can lose your salvation.

In secular Greek the word (tasso) referred to appointing an officer.

Neither can I.

He does not receive his qualities and attributes as things apart from the Lord Jesus; but receiving Him, he obtains them. So we are continually built up with His Word and thereby grow in grace and the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.

Perhaps we see this qualified synergism most clearly in Philippians 2:12–13… In this sentence, Paul refers to work three times. Don't grumble because you don't get what you want; be grateful that you don't get what you deserve (or with Henry what you could have gotten!).

Only by allowing the Holy Spirit to have supreme control. If believers fortify themselves behind the defense perimeter of verse two, then they will be able to withstand people who dissuade them from the truth.

The phrase rendered faith in Christ is not found elsewhere in the N.T.

Paul claimed on the other hand that "my message and my preaching were not in persuasive (pithos = persuasive also from peitho) words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power" (1Cor 2:4). ", But such a walk is only possible when we have learned to "crucify the flesh with the affections and lusts" (Gal 5:24-note; Editorial caveat: I believe this crucifixion is a past tense action - at the time of belief we were co-crucified with Christ [cp Ro 6:6-note, Gal 2:20-note, Gal 6:14-note]. (Barclay p. 131), -"their danger, then, was that of being deceived...by the plausible arguments..and also by their suave language. Paul was careful to warn the Colossians that angels should not be worshipped (Colossians 2:18). The specific delusions Paul has in mind are alluded to in the specific warnings that follow. 11:3). Glib talkers can rattle off philosophical sophistry. Then, perhaps to convince herself that she had mastered the skill, she tried it again. That rendered “rooted” is in the perfect tense, lit. 1 Timothy 4:3 men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth. (Phillips: Touchstone). ), Third, we must ask God to lead us to truth and to keep us from error (cp Jn 14:17, 15:26, 16:13, 14, cp 1Jn 2:20, 27 which is in the context of false teachers. ", Hebrews 7:11 Now if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the people received the Law), what further need was there for another priest to arise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be designated according to the order of Aaron?… 17 For it is attested of Him, "YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER ACCORDING TO THE ORDER OF MELCHIZEDEK.

We've all met some artful person who initially deluded us with their false appearance and words, only later to be exposed. Paul reminded the saints at Philippi that he. 4:6; 2Ti 3:16, 17; Titus 2:1). BEING BUILT UP IN HIM: kai epoikodomoumenoi (PPPMPN): "being in process of being built up" (Literal), "constantly being built up in Him" (Wuest).

1 Corinthians 14:16 Otherwise if you bless in the spirit only, how will the one who fills the place of the ungifted (unlearned) say the "Amen " at your giving of thanks, since he does not know what you are saying? Classical writers use it with the meaning of probable argument as opposed to strict demonstration. It's a trap. 12:12, 15; 16:19; 1 Co. 7:30; 13:6; 16:17; 2 Co. 2:3; 6:10; 7:7, 9, 13, 16; 13:9, 11; Phil.

), speaks of the danger of a faith that is not stabilized…. Colossians 2:4 - I say this so that no one will delude you with persuasive argument. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. Believers are often hidden in their God from the strife of tongues and the fury of the storm of trouble. Comment: Don't read over this passage too quickly - especially if you wrestle with fear or anxiety. We must all be alert to the danger that if we stop trusting Jesus and Him alone and stop obeying His Word, we too are at risk of straying into empty philosophies which is really just something added to Jesus and anything added to Jesus is heresy. Abiding in Jesus can only be by faith. It came to mean to “lead astray” or “delude.” It means to deceive by false reasoning, by false logic, by a system that sounds logical but is not sound reasoning. CHRIST JESUS THE LORD: ton Christon Iesoun ton kurion: This is the only occurrence of the specific name "Christ Jesus the Lord" in Scripture, which is no "accident".

Know the truth of God's Word, and be battle-ready through a disciplined life and an unswerving commitment to Jesus Christ. And carefully note that nowhere has God ever required us to believe and accept everything that is claimed by religious people (1 John 4:1; Revelation 2:2).

Paul’s point is that the Colossians had “received Christ Jesus as Lord” and that they would remain safe from spiritual seduction (apostasy) if they continued to walk in submission to him. Scripture frequently alludes to saints as "plants", the psalmist recording that he whose, delight is in the law of the LORD and in His law he meditates day and night… will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers. It is a passage, certainly, that ought to be singularly esteemed. Don't you hate to think about sin in your life?

Compare with "lest any man," etc., Colossians 2:8; Colossians 2:16; Colossians 2:18. That means you do not grumble, complain and criticize. Then watch God send you a "pop test" and listen to the words that fly out of your mouth before you can even "catch them"! (NASB: Lockman), Greek: Touto lego (1SPAI) hina medeis humas paralogizetai (3SPMS) en pithanologia.

(Gal 3:3-note). The Guide knows where you are headed, Paul recording that, "all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God." Obviously in prison in Rome. Calvin adds that "the knowledge of Christ is of itself amply sufficient.