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Colossians Bible Study – Chapter 2 Overview & Outline

The Truth About Religion

Chapter 2 Overview & Outline

Colossians 2:8

8 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. Colossians 2:8 KJV

Here is the general outline for Colossians Chapter two.

  1. The Chapter will be entitled “The Truth about Religion.”
    1. Chapter 2:1-7 will be subtitled “Perceive the ”
      1. Regarding Christians (2:1-2a)
      2. Regarding Christ (2:2b-4)
      3. Regarding Christianity (2:5-7)
    2. Proving the Lie (2:8-23)
      1. Worldly Reasoning (intellectualism) (2:8-10)
      2. Worldly Rituals (ceremonialism) (2:11-17)
      3. Worldly Revelations (mysticism) (2:18-19)
      4. Worldly Rules (legalism) (2:20-23)

The following will be the topics discussed in each section.

  1. Colossians Chapter 2:1-7 is titled Perceive the truth.
    1. Verses 2:1-2 will be Perceive the Truth Regarding We will discuss our common battle and bond.
    2. Verses 2:2-4 will be Perceive the Truth Regarding Christ. Here we will discuss the increasing, infinite and indestructible way of Jesus Christ.
    3. Verse 2:5-7 will be Perceive the Truth Regarding Christianity. We will discuss a new way, new leadership, and new perception.  We will learn about being in and filled in Christ.  Abiding and abounding.
  2. Colossians Chapter 2:8-23 is titled Proving the Lie.
    1. Verses 2:8-10 will be Proving the Lie of Worldly Reasoning. In this section, we will discuss worldly reason from an intellectualism point of view.   We will learn about the peril, plan and the problems of intellectualism.  We will learn that intellectualism ignores many essential
    2. Verses 2:11-17 will be Proving the Lie of Worldly Rituals. We will discuss worldly rituals from a ceremonialism viewpoint.   We will learn what has been discarded, what has been mutual, what has been demonstrated and demolished by Jesus Christ.
    3. Verses 2:18-19 will be Proving the Lie of Worldly Revelations. In this section, we will discuss worldly revelations regarding mysticism.  We will learn about dishonest humility, dishonest peacemakers, and the dishonest personality of mysticism.  We will see how religious mysticism inflates men’s pride and invades Christ’s place.
    4. Verses 2:20-23 will be Proving the Lie of Worldly Legalism. In this section, we will learn about worldly rules and legalism.  We will see how legalism blinds us from the teaching of God and binds us to the teaching of men.  We will also discover how legalism cheats us.

The Apostle Paul isn’t going to hold back on the Worldly religious cults of his day.  He is going to upset some religious people and make others just plain mad.  But remember God’s Word is a weapon but we must by rightly dividing it use it correctly.

Hebrews 4:12 (KJB) “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

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