Self-Applying Commentary?


As I was studying for a message on Colossians 2:1-5, I found a very helpful comment on verse 4:

“from long experience [Paul] knows that a work of grace is followed by an attack from the enemy, and that one regular form this attack may take is the clever plausibility of teaching near enough to the truth to be apparently respectable and far enough away from it to be devastating in its effects on individuals and congregations”

I found it ironic that this comes from the pen of N. T. Wright in his commentary on Colossians & Philemon in the Tyndale New Testament Commentary series (pp. 95-96). I don’t fancy myself a scholar on Wright’s views of justification, but it sure seems to me that his views are “near enough to the truth to be apparently respectable and far enough away from it to be devastating in its effects on individuals and congregations.”

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