June 20 – Col. 2:8-9; ‘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. For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.’
This epistle to the Colossians is arguably one of the richest passages of scripture indicating the nature of Jesus Himself. Paul lovingly warns us of the pitfalls of the modern-day philosophies, what they are filled with and compares those with what Jesus is embodied with; that being God incarnate.
Notice the last sentence when they said He sacrificed Himself for “possible exaltation”. It doesn’t get more blasphemous than that.
‘The offer of the firstborn Son to establish through His own ministry among men the gospel of salvation, and to sacrifice Himself, through labor, humiliation and suffering even unto death, was accepted and made the foreordained plan of man’s redemption from death, of his eventual salvation from the effects of sin, and of his possible exaltation through righteous achievement.’ Jesus the Christ, pg. 18.