A. The word of God warns us that there are those that seek to spoil [carry off captive; Strong’s # 4812] us (Matthew 23:15, Acts 20:28-31, Galatians 2:11-13, I Timothy 1:19-20, and Hebrews 13:9).
- Some are sneaky (Jude 1:4).
- Some are not sneaky (Acts 15:1-5; 15:24).
- Think about the instructions to depart from and avoid such persons (Proverbs 12:11 and Romans 16:17-18).
- In fact, the right idea is to stop their mouths (Titus 1:10-14).
II. Body: Colossians 2:4-8
A. Think about the word “BEWARE” [behold, perceive, look on, take heed] (Mark 4:24, Mark 8:15, and Mark 13:1-5).
- Can we see the threats of being led astray by being proper fruit inspectors (Matthew 7:15-20)?
- Do we have the awareness and readiness of mind for what it takes to look out and see (II Peter 3:17)?
- An awareness that all who would spoil us are not hidden, but the serious threats know better than to lay a trap where it can be seen (cf. Proverbs 1:17).
- Precisely: Mark 12:18-27
- In general: Acts 17:16-21, Romans 1:18-22, I Corinthians 3:18-19, and I Timothy 6:20
- How many get caught up in trivial discussions and inquires (I Timothy 1:3-7)?
- The word “tradition” is not the problem in itself (II Thessalonians 2:15).
- The problem is when traditions originate with man and make the word of God of no effect (Mark 7:1-13).
- We have to know the difference between the traditions of our Father and our fathers (Galatians 1:13-14).
- Are they “speaking as the oracles [words; utterances] of God” (I Peter 4:11)?
- Is it of men or of God (Galatians 1:10)?
- When you consider the word of God properly and use good reasoning skills, it is truth that you’re hearing (Galatians 5:1-11)?
III. Conclusion: But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness (II Timothy 2:8-18).
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