Cols and Phil; Gromacki Expository Series;
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Two enemies of the evangelical church today are intellectualism and legalism. The former exalts the mind to the exclusion of the heart, whereas the latter stresses outward conformity rather than inward transformation. Gnosticism elevates knowledge above faith, while ecclesiastical traditionalism suppresses grace with laws. In most situations, these errors are found separately; however, they were joined in the heresy which affected the church at Colosse. Paul attacked these two errors through the exposition of true spiritual wisdom and of the believer’s positional completeness in Christ. In studying Colossians, therefore, you will see how a submissive life of faith and grace is the only spiritual experience which will glorify Christ.