Feb. 18, 2021

How to Avoid Being Deceived | Colossians 2:4

How to Avoid Being Deceived | Colossians 2:4

Colossians 2:4 (NIV) I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments.

 
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Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth. 

In Colossians chapter 2 Paul has been teaching us that all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Christ and are openly available to those who believe in Jesus. You see, Paul is agonizing and distressed that the body of believers in Colossae and Laodicea were being led away from the Truth. He prays that they come together in love and have the courage to stand on what they know to be truth and that is that Jesus is God, and in Him alone you find eternal life. 

Paul continues in verse 4 with, "I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments."

The Greek word Paul uses here means to fool, cheat by trickery, or deceive. This word referred to the persuasive, seductive arguments made by lawyers in legal court battles. It’s the idea of getting a guilty person off the hook by using smooth talk to deceive the jury. It’s like Paul is saying that the lies these false teachers tell you may sound enticing and reasonable on the surface, but they are deceptive and dishonest. 

 Mormons, Gnostics, Jehovah’s Witnesses, all of these groups take scripture and then add or subtract certain truths. And while these truths may seem insignificant, the truth is, you end up with a false Gospel.

 We need to have such a solid understanding of the Truth that we can never be moved by someone else’s fast-talk and deception. 

 So, your Simple Truth for today: All spiritual wisdom is found in Christ alone. When faced with something that sounds good, ask yourself “Does this match up with scripture?” If it doesn’t, no matter how enticing it may sound, throw it out. 

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