BEWARE OF PIRATES! — TREASURE BANDITS! Colossians 2
“Let no man beguile you of your reward..”. –Colossians 2:18 KJV ,
“That their hearts [the center of desire and longing] might be COMFORTED, being knit [forced] together in LOVE [deep family bond], and unto [the collective purpose of this bond is towards] all RICHES of the FULL ASSURANCE of UNDERSTANDING, to the acknowledgement [complete knowledge, discernment] of the MYSTERY of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are HID [kept secret] ALL THE TREASURES [treasure chest] of WISDOM and KNOWLEDGE…And this I say, lest any man should beguile you [to cheat by false valuing something] with enticing [persuasive] words.. As ye have therefore received [taken possession of] Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye IN HIM: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving… Beware lest any man spoil [take spoils, lead away as booty] you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: Let no man beguile [to defraud or beguile of the prize of victory] you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, Colossians 2:2-4, 6-10, 18 KJV
We have these bandits, pirates, today. Beware of the pirates, stealing your treasure and leading you away captive. They lead you away from Christ the priceless treasure, and towards the fools gold of religious/spiritual activities and doctrines. see Col.2:23
It is important to understand (like the Galatian false teachers,) these pirates were professing Christians. They were teachers in Christian churches, pretending to serve Jesus but denying his glory by placing equal or more value on religious rituals, activities, empty philosophies, and traditions.
False teachers lead into all kinds of religious distractions, but they do not comprehend Jesus So they reject his riches. They believe other things are more profitable. They trick their followers to treasure the wrong thing.
When in fact, ALL THE PRICELESS TREASURES IN THE UNIVERSE ARE HID IN JESUS CHRIST THE SON OF GOD.
So then, if you are going to mine for gold and search for treasures, there is only one true place to spend your time.
[THE TREASURE:] Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; [THE JOY:] teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.–Colossians 3:16 KJV
“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of GREAT PRICE, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.–Matthew 13:45-46 KJV
Study your Bible until you know it’s treasures by heart, and are a walking encyclopedia of knowledge about Jesus in whom all the fullness of God dwells.
The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, WE WOULD SEE JESUS. John 12:21 KJV
There are a number of hidden treasures concerning Jesus the Son of God in the short letter to the Colossians– do you know them? How valuable is this secret knowledge to you? What’s your plan for mining more treasures about the Lord and his kingdom?
“And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is ABLE to BUILD YOU UP, and to GIVE YOU AN INHERITANCE among all them which are sanctified. –Acts 20:32 KJV