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Appearance of Wisdom is not Wisdom

Spiritual deception hides behind worship, but it's normally false worship. Spiritual deception hides behind giving great detail. If a lesson cannot be...

Written by Dr. Rei Kesis
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Colossians 2:23
Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.

Apostle Paul writes to the Colossians about their spiritual growth. Paul is concerned that they have become a target of deceptive fellows. People who seem totally committed to the church yet their aim is to plant doubt in the hearts of people. So that people doubt the leaders and the entire church.

Paul warns the church that these deceptive people are not obvious to identify. They look genuine. They look spiritual. They look like they have a higher experience of spiritual life than anyone else. They look like a good example to fulfill.

Colossians 2:4
I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments.

They have fine-sounding arguments. They look and seem intelligent but they are not. Apostle Paul tells the church that no fine-sounding argument should cause you to abandon the faith and follow an individual.

Colossians 2:8
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.

The philosophy used to mislead people is hollow. It is a philosophy based on tradition and is empty spiritually. Do not be attracted to it.

Colossians 2:18
Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind.

Spiritual deception hides behind worship, but it’s normally false worship. Spiritual deception hides behind giving great detail. If a lesson cannot be summarized it is false. If it cannot be said in a few words it’s misleading. Great detail is not a sign of good research or knowledge. Great details can be deceptive.

In our text today he tells them that deceivers have an appearance of wisdom but they are not wise. The appearance of wisdom is not wisdom. Looking worse is not being wise.

May God grant us true wisdom that can distinguish deception from the truth, in Jesus’ name, Amen!

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Written by Dr. Rei Kesis
Rei Kesis is an ordained Pastor of the SDA Church and A Senior Lecturer of Applied Theology and Religious Studies. Profile

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