Do you know any scripture that contradicts this command which says we can love the material things of the world but are not to love “worldliness” or the “evil” things which are in the world? At first glance Colossians 2:20-22 appears to give permission to love the material things in the world, but let’s see if it does.
- Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, 21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not; 22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men (Col. 2:20-22)?
In Colossians 2:20-22, what are we dead to? We obviously are dead to the old man (Rom. 6:6) and the things of the old man which would include the rudiments of the world that the Gentiles seek after (Matt. 6:32). Yes, we are to leave the rudiments and principles of this world. So what are the rules the world has? What do we touch? We touch material things. What do we taste? We taste the material things. What do we handle? Again it is material things. What will happen to all material in Colossians 2:22? Is this not the same command as in 1 John 2:15, because all these things will perish (1 John 2:17). Who gives commandments regarding these material things? God commands Christians not to love these things, but men make new laws which say do not eat it or touch it. God does not command us not to eat or touch it; he says not to love it. What should we do? How can we not love these material things? We must focus on and love eternal things. If we love the world and then die, our chief love is gone. What if we love purity, holiness and goodness? We can carry that with us and not suffer any loss at all. What does he want us to love? Will it be the physical man or the spiritual man, which is renewed day by day?
- While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal (2 Cor. 4:18).
What is Paul not looking toward? Did he go around with his eyes covered? What does he mean? Those earthly things were not valuable to him. He was not concerned with the outward things. Did he love them? They are neither eternal nor important to him. Is there any command that tells us to love the material of the world? Jesus did nothing without specific authority from his Father (John 5:19, 30) and we should follow his example. How much did Jesus have when he died? We know that Jesus was satisfied with food and clothing (1 Tim. 6:7-8).