Colossians 2 Lesson

Rule and authority

Our study verse for today is Colossians 2:10:

“Christ is the head over all rule and authority.”

This is a massive scripture to consider, as it encompasses every aspect of human life! 

Those who rule, or have authority over us, shape our actions and our lives.  As we struggle with the decision of who to follow, the opposing forces of good and evil are alive and working to pull us in different directions.  This creates conflict.   

The “world” is trying to convince us that life is about:

  1. The pursuit of money.
  2. Making ourselves as comfortable as possible.
  3. Pleasing ourselves. 

This goes against everything that the Bible teaches.

Jesus did not come to be served or to accumulate wealth. He came to serve others and glorify His Father.

  • “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” – Mathew 20:28.

There are many instances where the forces of the world will try to compel us to do one thing, and the teachings of Jesus will command us to do another.   When this happens, who do we listen to?

If we are wise, we will follow Jesus. This is the path that leads to salvation. It is the ONLY path that leads to heaven. 

  • "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among mankind by which we must be saved.”  -  Acts 4:12.

Because Jesus is the head over ALL rule and authority (Colossians 2:10), He is the one that we need to follow.

One of the things we can do to determine who currently has the power and authority in our lives is to take a spiritual inventory.

When we wake up each day, do we plan our activities around glorifying God and serving others?

If we do not, then we need to re-examine our priorities.

Jesus understands the temptations of this world because He experienced them for Himself (The temptations of Jesus).  That is why He spent so much of His time on earth warning us about them.  Consider the following scriptures:

  • “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.” - Mathew 6:24.

  • “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” – Mark 10:25.

  • “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income. This too is vanity.” - Ecclesiastes 5:10.

  • “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.  The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.” - 1 John 2:15-17.

Here in Colossians 2, Paul takes that point even further. He narrows the choices down to just two:

  1. We can follow Jesus and His teachings.
  2. We can reject Jesus and follow the things of the world.

Jesus is everything and the world is nothing!

  • Following Jesus leads to eternal salvation. 
  • Following the world leads to eternal condemnation. 

It seems like the choice should be easy to make. However, Satan is constantly working behind the scenes to trip us up.

  • “Be of sober  spirit be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. ” – 1 Peter 5:8.

We all must choose for ourselves who we are going to follow. The consequences of that choice are eternal.  Choose wisely!  

We will conclude today’s study with these words taken from Joshua 24:15:

“Choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

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Michael

People always say, "Just be a good person and the rest will take care of itself." As if learning about Jesus, and studying the Bible were unimportant, as long as we are "nice". We need to learn the commandments so we can keep them.

A false promise is "Just be nice and you go to heaven." This does not agree with the scriptures found in Mathew 7:21 and Proverbs 14:12, "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven will enter."

"There is a way which seems right to a man but its end is the way of death."

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Michael

People always say, "Just be a good person and the rest will take care of itself." As if learning about Jesus, and studying the Bible were unimportant, as long as we are "nice". We need to learn the commandments so we can keep them.

A false promise is "Just be nice and you go to heaven." This does not agree with the scriptures found in Mathew 7:21 and Proverbs 14:12, "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven will enter."

"There is a way which seems right to a man but its end is the way of death."

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