Colossians 2



Colossians 2 emphasizes the sufficiency of Christ and warns against being misled by deceptive philosophies and legalistic practices. Paul encourages the Colossians to remain rooted in Christ, recognizing their completeness in Him and living in light of the freedom and victory secured through Christ's work on the cross.


  1. Warning Against Deceptive Philosophy (Colossians 2:1-7): Paul expresses his concern for the Colossians, stating that he desires them to be encouraged in heart and united in love. He warns against being deceived by persuasive arguments or human traditions that are not according to Christ. He encourages them to remain steadfast in their faith in Christ.
  2. Fullness in Christ (Colossians 2:8-15): Paul warns against being taken captive by empty philosophy and human traditions. He emphasizes the fullness of deity in Christ and the believers' completeness in Him. Christ's work on the cross has triumphed over spiritual powers and has canceled the debt of sin, nailing it to the cross.
  3. Freedom from Legalism (Colossians 2:16-23): Paul addresses issues related to dietary laws, festivals, and other external regulations. He argues that these are shadows, and the substance is found in Christ. Believers are not to be judged based on adherence to such regulations, as they have died with Christ and are no longer subject to earthly regulations.
  4. Living in Light of Resurrection (Colossians 2:20-23): Paul challenges the Colossians to live as those who have died with Christ to the elemental spirits of the world. He criticizes the reliance on human rules and self-imposed piety, emphasizing that such practices lack value in restraining indulgence of the flesh.