Compromise is everywhere. It’s a potential pitfall even for the most well-intentioned Christian. No wonder Paul reminds the Colossians to remember who they are in Christ. Affirming the life-changing benefits of a relationship with Jesus means we’re alert to even deceptive religious-sounding ideas—ideas and practices that constrict a believer’s freedom in Christ and replace it with legalism.

We’ve observed before in our Colossians study that it’s all about Jesus. In what sense is your life all about Jesus? What does that even mean for you?

The Colossian believers were surrounded by deceptive ideas. Read Col. 2:11-15. Note the specific benefits enjoyed by every believer in Jesus. (It’s an awesome list; make a few notes)

Only after Paul affirms who we are in Christ does he then tell us what to do. Read Col. 2:16-19. What are the practices Paul highlights?

Legalism is the deadly enemy of our freedom in Christ. What is legalism? Read Col. 2:20-23. What legalistic practices does this passage warn us about?

Why is legalism appealing to so many? In what ways have you moved from legalism to freedom in Christ?

Further Reading

Avoiding Willful Defiance

Even Christians can behave badly. And the Bible acknowledges that a believer can walk away from Jesus all together. To treat God with this kind of contempt is a terrible act of defiance. In the fourth of five warnings in the book of Hebrews, the author tells us about...

The Danger of Falling Away

Salvation is guaranteed the moment one believes Jesus for it. But becoming a Christian never guarantees that we’ll live like one. Spiritual maturity is not automatic. It requires diligent engagement with Jesus if we hope to change and grow. In the third of five...

Beware of Your Unbelief

Even Christians can be people of unbelief. Given tempting circumstances, we might cave under pressure and cease to follow God wholeheartedly. This certainly was the case with the children of Israel who took a major detour of unbelief while on their journey to the land...

Pay Careful Attention

Like other people, there’s a chance you have entertained thoughts about returning to an easier, more comfortable way of life—one that pushes God aside. When the pressure is on, even Christians can become disillusioned with following Jesus. The book of Hebrews is...

Raised Forever

Easter is the celebration of all celebrations! Jesus Christ has conquered sin and death and is raised to life. The resurrection of Jesus is not some legend that has been passed down through the ages meant to give us an excuse for another holiday. In Easter we see the...