In Colossians 2:8-23, Paul is warning against the false teachings that are beginning to infiltrate the church. Gnostics believed that salvation came through knowledge and are preaching contrary to the Truth the church has heard. These teachings confuse the church because of their attempt to incorporate these false teachings with the message of freedom in Christ. Paul reminds the church that Gnosticism goes against everything they have been taught; wisdom and knowledge comes from God, and salvation is in Jesus Christ alone.
Paul also explains that the church has been given fullness of life in Christ. There is no longer any need to be held captive to the law. Paul uses the example of circumcision to make his point. “In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.” (Verses 11-12).
In today’s world there are many false teachers who proclaim to know “the truth”. We are bombarded with everything from “your personal truth” to Heaven and Hell not being real. As believers in an omnipotent God who is creator and ruler over all, the gift of salvation through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, and the Bible, we can challenge the doctrine of the false teachings of today. It is an opportunity to share the Good News and prayerfully win souls for Christ.