BEWARE LEST ANY MAN SPOIL YOU.
Colossians 2:8 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.
This is a common word in houses with dogs, they will write outside the gate Beware of dog! It make you to be aware of what’s inside the house and actually the word came from, be+aware. So be aware of what? Any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit. It renders no help to you. The word says.
Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is BECAUSE THERE IS NO LIGHT IN THEM.
If their philosophy is not according to the law and the testimony, forget it there is no light in them! So beware.
AFTER THE TRADITION OF MEN.
Men have their traditions. You will hear, how can a God come through a woman? Some will say Jesus can not be God and be a man. But the truth is those are the traditions of men. The tradition of men will say that don’t follow Christ, don’t push too harder on your hunger for God, it is the tradition of men.
We see this in play about the tradition of men.
Mark 7:1 Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem.
7:2 And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, THEY FOUND FAULT.
7:3 For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the TRADITION OF THE ELDERS.
7:4 And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables.
7:5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the TRADITION OF THE ELDERS, but eat bread with unwashen hands?
7:6 He(JESUS) ANSWERED AND SAID unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
7:7 HOWBEIT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING FOR DOCTRINES THE COMMANDMENTS OF MEN.
7:8 FOR LAYING ASIDE THE COMMANDMENT OF GOD, YE HOLD THE TRADITION OF MEN, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
7:9 And he said unto them, FULL WELL YE REJECT THE COMMANDMENT OF GOD, THAT YE MAY KEEP YOUR OWN TRADITION.
People can push away the commandment of God for their own commandments. Watch that tradition of men, God’s word is important than you think.
The Apostles said.
Acts 5:29 Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, WE OUGHT TO OBEY GOD RATHER THAN MEN.
We ought to obey God more than men. A lot prefer to obey men more than God. They feel that’s who they can see, God has not come into a reality in them.
AFTER THE RUDIMENTS OF THE WORLD
This is still repeating what was said as tradition of men, rudiments are principles of this world. They live by the teaching of this world, or what they can think but God is higher than your thoughts. God is greater than you could think. Your principles will only endure a time. God’s word abides forever and it’s a settled word. Why not stay on what’s settled.
Psalms 119:89 For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.
It’s a settled word! Stay on it. A lot are out their to spoil you against the word of the Lord. That’s why the word said beware lest any man, it is any man, spoil you. So it means you can be spoilt with words. So how do you escape this? Stay on the word.
John 12:35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. WALK WHILE YE HAVE THE LIGHT, LEST DARKNESS COME UPON YOU: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth.
Colossians 2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
2:7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
NOT AFTER CHRIST.
We must check within our spirit words that are not after Christ and we must not allow that get into us. A lot will do things against the word of God, teach people what to believe but they are not after Christ. The essence of every word must be push us into Christ. When prosperity is preached with the absence of Christ, it is covetousness that is been ministered. When the words we hear, are not taking us to Christ, we must not stand for it. So beware don’t let any man spoil you with their philosophy. That may push you away from the gospel. Walk only in the light. God bless you.