The only other uses in Scripture are in the Septuagint in Joshua 19:49, 51. NET "goes on at great lengths about what he has supposedly seen". (Wuest's Word Studies from the Greek New Testament: Eerdmans). Phusioo - 7x in 7v (not in Septuagint) - 1Cor 4:6, 18, 19; 5:2; 8:1; 13:4; Col 2:18. Paul is warning against the false teachers in Colossae who had visions and made contact with angels (remembering that 1/3 of the angels are "fallen" and constitute the demons ruled by Satan). Make sure you know His voice by constantly seeking of His word so that your mind is being renewed daily. Colossians goes to great lengths to establish the pre-eminence of Christ and that he is above all (cp. He, then, who did not receive it as presented to him, but wished to change its nature and supplement its oracles, so that it might have the air and the aspect of a transcendental theosophy, was “puffed up by his fleshly mind,”—thought himself possessed of a higher knowledge, and favored with profounder instruction than our Lord and His apostles...The heretic was blown up with his delusion, verifying the remark—“knowledge puffeth up.” (1Co 8:1) He was too proud to learn—too wise to acknowledge any instruction beyond himself. There really was pride in this seeming humility. Self abasement (5012) (tapeinophrosune from tapeinos = humble + phren = think) refers to a quality of voluntary submission and unselfishness. COLOSSIANS 2:18-19. 1 Corinthians 4:6 Now these things, brethren, I have figuratively applied to myself and Apollos for your sakes, so that in us you may learn not to exceed what is written, so that no one of you will become arrogant in behalf of one against the other. "I haven't had anything like that, so I must not be spiritual!". 1 Corinthians 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant. AND THE WORSHIP OF THE ANGELS TAKING HIS STAND ON VISIONS HE HAS SEEN: kai threskeia ton aggelon a eoraken (3SRAI) embateuon (PAPMSN): Paul's description in Romans 1 (written circa 57-58AD) aptly describes these self-deceived (cp 2Ti 3:13-note) false teachers... For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. First, start and finish the same way you began in Christ. There are many subtle ways that the enemy of our soul is able to defraud us of the heavenly prize that awaits the children of God. If you're in a church that has come up with certain "standards" which if you live by them, that makes you spiritual, then you're in bondage. but true spiritual growth of a body of believers is engineered by God. (Westminster Press), Lightfoot: Meanwhile they have substituted inferior spiritual agencies for the One true Mediator, the Eternal Word. Then how do they know you're spiritual? The NASB translation, generally a fairly literal one, uses "visions" Grows (837) (auxano) means literally to grow or cause to grow or increase. Clearly, to worship True worship humbles one, for the mind that gets a glimpse of God is awed by His greatness and responds with a heart filled with love and a will submitted to His purposes. The name is just a gimmick. (Hebrews 1:4-13+). Bengel understands the first noun and participle of faith, and the second noun and participle of love and peace; this last view being held also by Zanchius, who gives it as—charitas inter membra. Visions are an important element in Mormonism, Spiritism, Catholicism (apparitions of Mary), and Swedenborgianism. 1:6. Mysticism, following of spirit guides, avatars, etc, will always arrest spiritual growth. True spirituality comes from tenaciously holding on to Christ, the Head of His body. Remember that GRACE does not give us license but it does enable balance in our Christian lives. They’re completely out of touch with the source of life, Christ, who puts us together in one piece, whose very breath and blood flow through us. So the teaching is that you already have it all---now discover it. No one (3367) (medeis from medé = and not, also not + heís = one) means not even one, no one, no one whoever he may be. "By definition" those who indulge in the pride producing practices Paul warns against are devoid of genuine Christian love (cp his related warning in 1Cor 13:1, 2, 3, 13), Inflated without cause - A T Robertson says this word describes a "Powerful picture of the self-conceit of these bombastic Gnostics.". You don't need experiences outside of Jesus to make yourself complete. We need to always remember Paul's teaching that JESUS IS ENOUGH! It's like the sign on a wall "The Light you seek is in your own lantern." Fleshly (4561) (sarx) has numerous somewhat subtle meanings in the NT (see word study on sarx) but in this verse is used in its ethical sense to refer to the sinful and sensual power tending toward sin and opposing the Spirit's working. They took a superior attitude toward others and created the impression that one could be happy only through entering into these deep secrets. The philosophy of Gnosticism taught that everything physical was evil and that people could attain a higher spiritual understanding through effort. based on this approach, gaining influence over these poor victims Severed alike from head and trunk—from the vitality of the one and the support and sympathies of the other—it dies in isolation. Fascination, yes; satisfaction, no! That the worship of created spirits was widespread, thus admits of no doubt. The angels occupied the highest place which creatures could occupy under the Theocracy. There is the worship of angels [2:20]. It doesn't mean that you have to leave that church, but that if you're in Christ, you need to remember that you are complete in Him and are called to walk worthy of Him. you to himself] through a show of false humility and the Taking his stand (1687) (embateuo from en = in + bateuo = to step) means to set foot upon, enter, visit, intrude into. Tweet “Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize.

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