The Beginning of “According to Christ”: Colossians 2:8

This post marks the start of According to Christ.  For that reason, I figured it would be best to provide a brief discussion of the verse that serves as the basis of our name and to provide some insight into the purpose of this blog.

Colossians 2:8 “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.” (Emphasis added)

In verses 6-7, Paul exhorts the Colossians to continue in Christ as they had received him and to be rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as they were taught.  Paul is here warning them not to depart from the faith once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 3).  Elsewhere, Paul refers to this as “the pattern of the sound words…in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 1:13).  This they learned from Epaphras (Col. 1:7).  They were in need of such exhortation due to false teachers who were teaching a form of legalism and worship of angels, failing to hold fast to the Head, who is Christ (2:16-19).  Such things are not according to Christ, but rather contradict his person and redemptive work.  This is why Paul exhorts them not to be taken captive by such worldly and demonic teachings/practices.  They are to cling to Christ and exhibit discernment.

In the next couple verses, Paul affirms the deity of Christ (v. 9, “For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily”), the sufficiency of Christ (v. 10a, “and you have been filled in him….”), and the supremacy of Christ (v. 10b, “who is the head of all rule and authority.”).  This is, in fact, the overarching theme of Colossians – the sufficiency of Christ in light of the supremacy of Christ.  This is especially seen in 1:15-20.

So, as Christians, we are to hold fast to the supremacy and sufficiency of Jesus Christ.  This is “the word of the truth, the gospel” (1:5).  The teaching of Christ must remain central in our lives.  We must be rooted and built up in him and established in the faith (i.e. be convinced of what we have heard; know what we believe and why we believe it).  In short, doctrine matters.[1]

So, why According to Christ?

It is our desire to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by proclaiming the truth of his word for the edification of his Church, the combatting of errors, and the salvation of souls.  We intend on making available biblical teaching that is Christ-centered, exegetical, and from a Reformed perspective, as we are convinced of its soundness according to the Scriptures.  Some of our writings will be more academic in nature, others more devotional, and still others somewhere in-between.  Such is important for a healthy Christian life.  Whether it’s a particular book, passage, theological topic, or apologetic issue, you may very well find it discussed here.  We will mainly post on things that we are currently involved in, whether it’s study of a seminary class, study of a passage for sermon prep, an apologetic encounter, book research, etc.  We will also provide posts related to upcoming podcast episodes of our podcast.  Either way, we hope you find the material on this site to be encouraging, convicting, and edifying.

Soli Deo Gloria


[1] Colossians, as other of Paul’s letters, can essentially be divided into two parts.  The first is doctrine (Chs. 1-2) and the second is practice (Chs. 3-4).  Another way of referring to this is that which is indicative (what is; fact) and that which is imperative (what ought to be; command).  We must always root our practice in sound doctrine.

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