Daily Devotions


Day 43

Exposing The Methods Of False Teachers

Text: Colossians 2:8

The apostle Paul was no stranger to spiritual battles. Through much experience he gained deep insights concerning the work of false teachers. He sought to share his insights with the Colossians.

“Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy
and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men,
according to the basic principles of the world, and
not according to Christ.”
Colossians 2:8

1. Through philosophy

a) The word “philosophy” is made up of two ideas:-
i) Philo- “love”
ii) Sophia- “wisdom”
iii) Philosophy appeals to “a love of wisdom”.
iv) Philosophy attempts to offer a world-view of life.
v) It attempts to explain the meaning of life.
b) A Biblical World-View

Our understanding of life is drawn from the Scriptures. It includes the following:-

i) It includes our belief in the existence of God
ii) The Role of the Lord Jesus Christ
iii) The Role of the Spirit of God
iv) The Place of the Scriptures
v) The doctrine of Salvation
vi) The Christian Lifestyle in a secular world
vii) Faith in God
viii) Judgment
ix) Worship
x) Eternity

2. World-Philosophical Viewpoints

a) They tend to deny most if not all Biblical tenets.
b) They seek to establish a world-view without reference to God.
c) They postulate a man-centred view of life as totally sufficient.