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8 Beware [blepo] lest [me] any man [tis] spoil [esomai][sulagogeo] you [humas] through [dia] philosophy [philosophia] and [kai] vain [kenos] deceit, [apate] after [kata] the tradition [paradosis] of men, [anthropos] after [kata] the rudiments [stoicheion] of the world, [kosmos] and [kai] not [ou] after [kata] Christ. [Christos]KJV-Interlinear
8 See to it that no one takes you
captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of
men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according
to Christ. NASB
Spoil, esomai, is a military word used for the spoils of war,
when the enemy takes you captive and steals from you, all that you own.Your possessions lost, include all the
tangible things you have, your possessions, but also your self-worth, your
dignity, everything that makes you an individual.
Philosophy refers to
any system of thought that originates from mans imagination or invention or
Back in Pauls day, the philosophies that were common were the Greek
philosophies (secular), the Jewish opinions (Levitical works), and the eastern
philosophies (oneness with nature).All
three approached life from non-Biblical views.
religions and so forth, and more, which have occurred throughout history even
into our present day, have rejected the fundamental principles of Christianity,
which is Christ.
Tradition simply refers
to the custom or practice or lifestyle which exists when Christianity is
excluded from ones life.
Christianity is the
pursuit of truth.Truth is the
application of facts, correct facts, to reality, in order to have a clear picture
of what is real and what is not real.
Everything else, every
other philosophy or system of belief, is an exclusion of truth, therefore when
truth is excluded, then lies are all that remain.You cannot gain a clear picture of life or
reality when you base your views on lies.
Pursuit of truth
introduces you to the real you, who you are, why you are, what you are.Truth allows you to understand your worth and
purpose in life.
Advancing in ones
understanding of truth (which comes by means of learning and applying doctrine
to your daily life), gains you access to Gods
blessings.Gods blessings become your possessions for all of
eternity.Gods blessings are real possessions and permanent
And, unlike the
possessions of this world which are temporary, not real, and not eternal, Gods
possessions have intrinsic value.Therefore, when you allow the philosophies of this world, the opinions
of this world to temp you away from truth, then you are risking phenomenal
In a war, the enemy can
sweep in and take away all that you own, including your dignity and self respect.An enemy can lower you to the level of a
slave or a serving animal.And that is
what the world does to you, if you allow it, by means of your indifference or
disobedience toward God, Christ, and doctrine.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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