Colossians 2:8-10 / No Time for Cheaters

Posted on May 17, 2015


This is the eighth in a verse by verse exposition of the book of Colossians. This message was delivered at Hillcrest Baptist Church on the evening of May 17, 2015. This message deals with the dangers of false teachers. This post contains an audio recording of the sermon, as well as my sermon notes (sermon notes are not necessarily a complete transcript).


Col. 2:8-10



“Cheat” greek = to carry off as a prey or booty; met. to make victims of fraud. This is a term for robbery. 

False teachers who successfully get people to believe their lies are thieves.

  • They rob people of truth.
  • They rob people of salvation.
  • They rob people of blessing.

They take away the hope of eternal life with Christ. They are thieves of the likes of satan.

  • John 10:10

Their lies not only steal, they kill and destroy. Anything beliefs contrary to the resurrected Jesus Christ condemn people to eternal death and destruction.

  • Romans 10:9
  • John 3:18

The gnostics used the word philosophy to describe their supposed higher knowledge which they claimed to have obtained. In reality, their “higher knowledge” was a one way ticket to hell, as is any teaching contrary to the all sufficient saving grace of the resurrected Jesus Christ. Paul correctly calls it an empty deceit.

  • 2 Peter 2:17
  • Jude 1:12

The false teachers are waterless springs. They promise refreshment but bring none. They sow confusion wherever they go, devoid of any inherent value. The reason for this is simple, they follow worldly wisdom instead of the Word of God.

  • 1 Corinthians 1:20-21
  • 1 Corinthians 3:19

Christ is fully God, He contains the fullness of all the divine attributes of God. In Greek philosophy, matter was evil; spirit was good. Therefore, it was unthinkable that God would ever take on a human body. Paul refutes this by stressing the reality of the incarnation of Christ.

  • John 8:58
  • John 10:30
  • Philippians 2:6
  • Hebrews 1:8

We also need to be about stressing the reality of Scripture.

We are complete in Christ, what an awesome promise. The false teacher can’t complete you.

The false teacher offers only death and destruction, hunger and thirst. The false teachers are waterless clouds and wells without water. Jesus offers living water, and bread of life.

  • John 7:38
  • John 4:13-14
  • John 6:35

Unlike the false teachers, Jesus is not the author of confusion, but of peace.

  • 1 Corinthians 14:33

Jesus’ word holds eternal value.

  • Luke 21:33

If His words will not pass away, then His promises won’t either.
Jesus is the head of all. He is the creator and ruler of the universe and all its inhabitants, both physical and spiritual. The question is, will we stress, preach, teach and live the reality of Christ and His Word?

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