Expounding Colossians 2:8-9 [Print Document]
Let’s look into the meanings of some words. The Greek word for spoil is esomai. It means: “may have” as in: ‘He may have that item.’ Spoil is defined by Webster’s 1828 dictionary as: “1. To plunder;...” [and] “2. To seize by violence; to take by force; …” [and] “4. To corrupt; to vitiate; to mar.” (Note: Vitiated means: “Depraved; rendered impure; rendered defective and void.” [Webster’s 1828 dictionary])
In Greek, philosophy is called philosophia. It refers to the love of wisdom (i.e. worldly wisdom). Philosophy is defined by Webster’s 1828 dictionary as: “3. Reasoning; argumentation.” The philosophies false teachers promote are really just their carnal reasoning, which is contrary to God’s Word (See Romans 8:5-8).
The Greek word for rudiment is stoicheion. It refers to an “element” or a “principle” or a “rudiment”. The 1828 dictionary defines rudiment as: “1. A first principle or element; that which is to be first learnt…” [and] “2. The original of any thing in its first form. ...”
Returning to Colossians 2:8, let’s look at the word tradition. Paradosis, the Greek word for tradition, means: “an instruction, tradition.” Its definition includes: “...a giving over which is done by word of mouth or in writing,...” Webster’s 1828 dictionary says this about tradition: “1. Delivery; the act of delivering into the hands of another.” [and] “3. That which is handed down from age to age by oral communication.”
Brothers and sisters in Christ, let’s look to God and His Word (if we aren’t), and meditate on it so that we will grow and get to know God better. Let’s move onto the meat of God’s Word, and not focus on baby food (if we are only eating a little bit of God’s Word). Baby food is good, but digesting and nourishing ourselves in God’s riches, from His Word, is even better.