Jesus was the God the Son before His incarnation.
We Are Made Complete in Christ (2:10) Christ is not merely a divine essence imparted to us. We are not little “gods.” Angels, rituals, and pagan philosophies pale in significance to His fullness. The new birth allows us to partake of God’s divine nature without us being deity.
Warning Against Judaistic Ceremonialism (2:11) Outward signs are not necessarily indicators of inward changes. The new birth is the “Christian circumcision.” Spiritual circumcision is in Christ
Baptism is like circumcision, in that they are both symbols of changes brought about by Christ.
Baptism symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ.
To be uncircumcised in Spirit, is to be dead in trespasses and sin.
Paul’s message to the Colossians is that the false teachings distort the finished work of Christ.
Our Debt Is Cancelled (2:14)
Our debt is now “wiped away.”
William Barclay suggests the ancient documents were written on papyrus or vellum and the ancient ink had no acid in it. Therefore, it did not bite into the surface of the writing material. When the scribe needed to erase the writing on the surface he took a sponge and wiped the writing off. It was on the surface of the paper and therefore not permanent. “The ink could be wiped out as if it had never been.”
We Are Free From Gnosticism (2:16-17) Gnosticism or its influences adds no advantages for the Christian. Christ is sufficiency and no heresy can measure up to the person and work of Christ.
Paul’s Final Warnings (2:18-23) Worshipping angels over Christ debases Christ. Asceticism is an indulging in the flesh. Exercise caution because practices that have the appearance of wisdom may be based in the flesh.