Colossians 2:18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind….
This is a hard verse. The main points of accusation seem to be false humility through self-denial or self-mortification and worship of angels based on deceiving visions. It would seem that there were false teachers in Colosse that were promoting the worship of angels. Scripture is clear that we are to worship no one but God.
Exodus 34:14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:
Matthew 4:10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
To give your worship to anyone or anything else is to reject God as Lord. To allow yourself to be deceived into thinking otherwise is to be deceived and lost. Satan is a wonderful counterfeiter. People can be very convincing who have allowed themselves to be deceived by visions of Satanic origin. We are much more prone to give credence to what we experience over what we must choose to accept by faith. As the old saying goes, “Seeing is believing.” The problem is that “Seeing can be deceiving.” Example: There are many in this world today being deceived by visions of “Mary” calling herself the “Queen of Heaven.” The message is one of concern and encouragement and is deceiving many people. It is another evil spirit that is drawing attention to itself and away from the Savior. The “queen of heaven” is identified in scripture by the prophet Jeremiah.
Jeremiah 7:16-18 Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee. Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger.
She was one of the pantheon of gods and goddesses worshipped in the ancient world. Wikipedia offers the following information:
The Roman writer Apuleius' "Transformations of Lucius" gives us an understanding of Isis in the first century. The following paragraph is particularly significant.
"You see me here, Lucius, in answer to your prayer. I am nature, the universal Mother, mistress of all the elements, primordial child of time, sovereign of all things spiritual, queen of the dead, queen also of the immortals, the single manifestation of all gods and goddesses that are, my nod governs the shining heights of Heavens, the wholesome sea breezes. Though I am worshipped in many aspects, known by countless names. . . some know me as Juno, some as Bellona . . . the Egyptians who excel in ancient learning and worship call me by my true name..Queen Isis."
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Self-denial and self-mortification is another form of pride and setting oneself apart as more worthy than others. It is a mentality of works salvation as opposed to faith. This verse seems to tie directly to the truth Paul wrote in his letter to Timothy.
1Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils….
Colossians 2:19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
These false teachers were not connected to the Head—Christ, the head of the body of believers. They were promoting angels and even themselves—not Christ. It is “in Christ” that the body of believers are knit together as a unified whole. I believe that this is accomplished supernaturally through the indwelling Holy Spirit. It is only “in Christ” through the ministry of the Spirit that we as believers can be nourished to grow in spiritual development. God provides for that growth through the Holy Spirit’s gifting in the body whereby we benefit from ministry to each other as we “speak the truth in love.” This truth will always point us to Christ—not self or angels.
Ephesians 4:11-15 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ….
(to be continued…)