Colossians Part IX - Let No One Judge You (2:16-23)
The question is not whether we will judge; the question is on what basis, by what standard, will we judge something to be praiseworthy or despicable, righteous or unrighteous, good or bad. And it is this question which Paul forces the Colossians to answer. The false teachers in Colosse were endeavoring to judge the Colossians for their behavior based on a false standard – portions of that standard were a holdover from the ceremonial laws of the OT while portions were simply human traditions derived from the tradition of the elders. But both standards are false standards for those in Christ – and so Paul urges the Colossians to refuse to be held captive by them. So what can we learn from his exhortation?
Stuart Bryan is the pastor of Trinity Church. He and his wife, Paige, have seven children, four homegrown, two adopted from the lovely land of Guatemala, and one adopted from Ukraine. Stuart earned his B.A. in Religion from Whitworth College and his M.A. in Theological and Historical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida.