Colossians 2 verses 8 to 10

8 Be careful not to allow anyone to captivate you through an empty, deceitful philosophy that is according to human traditions and the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.
9 For in him all the fullness of deity lives in bodily form,
10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head over every ruler and authority.


Key words and phrases:

You – meaning the Colossians 

Be careful – meaning be aware, be cautious, be on alert against false teachings

Not to allow anyone to captivate you – meaning to take them captive or put them in bondage to false teachings

Deceitful philosophy – meaning any of man’s ideas that are not filtered as true through God’s Word

According to human traditions – meaning man made teachings about God, and man made methods of serving Him of which they consider a means to salvation

Elemental spirits of the world – meaning Moses laws which these false teachers were saying must be kept for salvation, and/or any bondage that has similar regulations required in the Gentile’s pagan worship

Galatians 4

9 But now that you have come to know God (or rather to be known by God), how can you turn back again to the weak and worthless basic forces? Do you want to be enslaved to them all over again?
10 You are observing religious days and months and seasons and years.

Not according to Christ – the true way of life. 

In him all the fullness of the deity lives in bodily form – all of the almighty God resides in Christ’s bodily form as a man. He is the God – Man. 

You have been filled in Him – meaning the Colossians were filled to the top, complete in Him, and perfect in Him with regard to their salvation. They lacked nothing for salvation, so they did not need to look elsewhere to finish their salvation

The head over every ruler and authority – meaning Christ is over every human and angelic authority. Therefore, there was no reason for them to perfect their salvation by submitting to any human or spiritual being 


Listening prayer method – A method where you write what you think God would say to you after meditating and studying a Bible passage.


Are We Trusting in Anything Else?


Again, be careful of false teachers and false religious systems that teach that you need more for salvation than only Me.

I AM the Almighty God.  Your salvation is complete in Me.  There is no need to get help with your salvation from angels, departed saints, or even by your own works.  There is no need to be helped by men’s philosophies and by their traditions.  Your Salvation rests only in Me.  

All of the deity is full within Me.  I AM fully divine, and I AM fully man.  And you are filled in Me.  Trust only Me for your salvation.  If your salvation is full in the  Almighty, then what else could they possibly offer you that is going to be any better?  

Rest your soul only in My care.