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Colossians 2:4-5

Beware of Deceivers

4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. 5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.

Paul has told the Colossians of his concern for them and of his hope that they would be founded in the gospel and knit together in fellowship with one another and with Christ, "In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." (2:1-3)

Now he writes, "And this I say, lest any man should beguile you..." The Greek word παραλογίζομαι, paralogizomai (par-al-og-id'-zom-ai) means to misreckon or to deceive. The devil loves to use false logic or false reasoning with which to deceive us.

Logic was at one time taught in our schools but now has been abandoned. The children are now taught to depend on their emotions and/or on the words of persons in authority and media reports rather than on their own ability to ratiocinate. As a result, our society strays farther and farther from the truth of the gospel and from the freedom that accompanies it. The same can happen within a church, which can morph into a cult, if the saints are not careful.

The devil will send his messengers with all sorts of enticing words to lure God's people away from the truth and from their faith. Paul wrote similar words to the Corinthian church. "But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ." (2 Corinthians 11:3)

There are many such men who serve their father the devil today. "For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple." (Rom 16:18 ) They preach for the money, so they use great swelling words of vanity. "And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not... These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. For when they speak great swelling [words] of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, [through much] wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage." (2 Peter 2:3, 17-19)

However, such men have no power over the children of God except they give it to them. It is not easy to deceive a thoughtful and rational person. It is not easy to lead someone astray who has immersed himself in the word of God. It is even more difficult when the rational, learned saint is knit together in love with his fellow saints in Christ.

"For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit,.." They should know that Paul loved them and held them in his thoughts and prayers all the time. They should know the joy that Paul felt as he contemplated the well ordered church, which they had established, and their faithfulness to Christ. These things bring pure joy to the heart of every pastor.

Before The Throne:

Pray for clarity of thought and for the control over your emotional responses to the world around you. Ask the Lord to help you fight off those who would deceive you and/or your church family. Praise God for giving you His word and thank Him for its reliability. Make a commitment to spend more time in it.

For Further Study:

** lest. Col 2:8, 18; Matt 24:4, 24; Mark 13:22; Acts 20:30; Rom 16:18-19; 2Cor 11:3, 11-13; Gal 2:4; Eph 4:14; Eph 5:6; 2Thess 2:9-11; 1Tim 4:1-2; 2Tim 2:16; 2Tim 3:13; Titus 1:10-11; 1Pet 2:1-3; 1John 2:18, 26; 1John 4:1; 2John 1:7; Rev 12:9; Rev 13:8; Rev 20:3, 8; ** enticing. 1Co 2:4;

(v.5) ** be. Col 2:1; 1Cor 5:3-4; 1Thess 2:17; ** and beholding. 2Chr 29:35; 1Cor 11:34; 1Cor 14:40; ** and the. Ruth 1:18; Ps 78:8, 37; Acts 2:42; 1Cor 15:58; 1Cor 16:13; 1Thess 3:8; Heb 3:14; Heb 6:19; 1Pet 5:9; 2Pet 3:17-18;


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