That the Holy Spirit would increase in you wisdom
To not be taken in by the vain philosophies of the world
Today’s text: Colossians 2:8-23
IN HIS WORK IN THE GENTILE WORLD, Paul regularly rubbed shoulders with the various philosophies and cultures that permeated the shores of the Mediterranean. We may think ourselves sophisticated, but we should not put down our ancestors who wrestled with great ideas and were as well acquainted with the world in its variety as we ourselves.
In this section of his letter, Paul attempts to help the Colossian church “push back” against what might seem a natural move: to harmonize their new faith with older ideas and opinions. Just as in our time, the “right” people held the “right” opinions and viewpoints, and they desired to meld the truth of Jesus Christ to those “right” opinions. In Colossae, it concerned the grand hierarchy of angels and principalities that “ruled” the moon, the various stars, and the like. In our own day, our scientific and functionally atheistic world view means that Jesus Christ must yield to our advanced knowledge, our powerful technology, or our economic engines. While we should not despise what we know and what we can do, we must remember that no “human tradition” can finally be anything but illusory and disappointing—only Christ can answer the deepest longings of our hearts.
May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks
---Detail, "Greek Philosophers," The Granger Pictures