Scripture Reading: Colossians 2
Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father.3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world:
Immature son is a servant, has no adult son rights, responsibilities or privileges.
Children—different from chapter 3. Non-speakers—babies, toddlers.
Elements—building blocks of the material world, the ABC’s of language. Here having to do with the senses, man-made religion, external formalism. Elementary lessons of outward things.
But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
Made woman law—flesh, obedient to rules concerning created things.
Redeem under the law—Christ was made like us to rescue us from being like us. From earthly to spiritual,
Adoption—sonship conferred. To place as a mature son.
Spirit of His Son—by birth we are generically sons of God, immature, related kids. But in Christ, being made Spiritual we are full grown, adopted sons eligible for inheritance.
Servant—the immature son is a servant, the full grown son puts off servanthood and enjoys his place as a full member of the family.
Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods.9 But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed upon you labor in vain.
Service no gods—man made gods made out of elemental things, you were bound to them as slaves.
Known of God—God recognizes you as one of His sons.
Weak and beggarly elements—total inability to bestow anything remotely close to what God does through His Son. Earthly elements have no strength to make you spiritual. Why bind yourself to serve what can’t help?
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Spoil—overtake and loot you, take you away as a slave.
Philosophy, deceit, tradition—all things used to get you thinking earthly. Speculation, theories,
Rudiments—same as elements in Galatians 4. Earthly, carnal, outward.
Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body: not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.
Dead with Christ from rudiments—your flesh is dead, external physical things are dead—crucified to world and world crucified to me.
As though living—as though earthly things still held sway over you.
Perish—corruptible, decomposing. They do nothing eternal/spiritual
Will worship—voluntary, self-imposed worship, nothing God actually said to do! The fasting and alms giving of the Pharisee praying in the temple.
Satisfying of the flesh—external works that make our flesh feel proud and self-righteous.