KEY SCRIPTURE: Colossians 2:8 “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ”.
Apostle Paul in this verse exposes the root of deception that comes to most children of God. He tells us to beware of these traps of the enemy. To be aware is to be on the alert. It involves knowing who your enemy is and the means by which you could be deceived. Satan is a specialised deceiver. This is even an understatement. He is a natural deceiver. Our key scripture says “beware lest any man spoil you…”
We know that the Greek word for man is ‘Anthropos’. In. Colossians 2:8, The word used for man is ‘Tis’, But could also be translated as, a thing or anything whatsoever. This implies you could be taken captive, deceived or spoilt by an event,, a situation, a man, an information from the radio. Simply be on the alert against anything the devil may use to spoil (to carry one away as a booty, a slave, or lead away from the truth) you. Many children of God are been led away from the truth. Be on the alert.
He tells us the two main (weapons) means by which children of God are deceived.
- Vain deceit
He also adds the sources of these two weapons of deception. They are:
- Traditions of men
- The rudiments of this world.
Philosophy means love of wisdom. There are a number of us who by virtue of much learning are prone to human wisdom, using our minds to analyze whatever we are told. These philosophies are rooted in human traditions that is the experiences and beliefs of people which has been passed or transmitted from one generation to another. The second source of these philosophies are the rudiments or the basic principles of this life. This could be related to arts, science and the general physical functions of our world and not faith in Christ.
These things have formed the thinking and world view of most people. Secularism and it’s high level of worldliness is rooted in this . No amount of human reasoning can contact God except by accepting God’s revelation about Himself.
1st Corinthians 1:18 reads “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness but unto us which are saved it is the power of God”. According to 1st Corinthians 1:21 the world by wisdom cannot and would not know God.
There have arisen these days a lot of preachers who are motivational preachers. Most of their teachings are human philosophies and not Christ. Be on the alert lest you are carried away as a captive.
I am committed to Christ, His death and resurrection that has brought me into the kingdom of God. I am aware of the human philosophies that does not save nor blesses anyone.
1 Corinthians 1:19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
1 Corinthians 1:21 “For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe”.