In the dictionary we find that the word rudimento has as meaning: Embryo or germ of an organic being, among other meanings. All this gives us to understand that rudiment of the world means that in which the world has its origin; we could also say that it is that which serves as the basis or support for the world; In conclusion rudiment of the world is the embryo or germ of the world.
However, in other versions of the Bible this word has been translated as the spiritual powers or powers that dominate the world, in many commentaries on this part of the Scriptures we can verify the same. Then the comparison between rudiments of the world with Christ acquires more meaning. The conclusion we get is that the foundations of the world, that is, its embryo, are spiritual beings.
The World.- When we speak of the world, we refer to the entire human system without God that exists on earth, both material and spiritual. When the Bible speaks of the world, it means the ungodly, the state in which the Earth finds itself after the fall of man with Adam, that is, after the entrance of sin. To this situation that we have as a result on Earth, the word of God calls it the world. What we want to say is reflected in Ephesians 2: 1.
"And he gave you life, when you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you went in another time, following the current of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now operates in the children of disobedience. "
We know what the characteristics of the world are: Lacking respect for others, going beyond the rights of others, discrimination; kill, steal, hurt with fists and words, make gossip; alienated from the presence of God and therefore blasphemous and ignorant of this life. These are some of the "pearls" of this world.
In short, humanity separated from God with all its culture is what we call the world.
The Rudiments.- Very well, then what Colossians 2: 8 tells us; that the world is based on spiritual beings. As well as the redeemed world, that is, the Church has Christ as its foundation; a person, the Son of God. 1Peter 2: 6 "Therefore the scripture also contains: Behold, I lay in Zion the chief cornerstone, chosen, precious; And whoever believes in Him will not be ashamed "; 1 Corinthians 3:11 "For no man can lay other foundation than he who is laid, who is Jesus Christ."
And just as the wall of the New Jerusalem that descends from heaven has as its foundation the apostles of the lamb. Revelation 21:14 "And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb"
In the same way the world has as its foundations spiritual beings; As the world is outside the will of God these spiritual beings are the followers of Satan. This is what the Bible calls rudiments in Colossians 2: 8.
When a man passes from the darkness to the admirable light of Christ, he immediately enters into conflict with these rudiments of the world.
Ephesians 6:12 "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in the heavenly places"
Those of us who believe in the Bible can not deny the existence of this spiritual civilization, and Colossians 2: 8 tells us that the world is built on these beings.
The Traditions.- Now let's continue examining Colossians 2: 8. It tells us that there is something that conforms to the rudiments of the world, and these are the traditions of men. Let's see two meanings of this word:
1.- Communication or transmission of news, literary compositions, doctrines, rites, customs by successive relationship of one generation to another.
2.- Doctrine, custom, etc., transmitted from parents to children.
Following the first meaning we have to relate two successive generations, there is a transmission of a certain amount of experience and especially of doctrines, customs, etc. A well-known example of tradition is found in Matthew 15: 5-6 "But you say, 'Anyone who says to his father or his mother: It is my offering to God, whatever I can help you with, no longer honor your father or his mother. Thus you have invalidated the commandment of God for your tradition. "
In this case we have a doctrine that was transmitted from father to son in regard to the Jewish tradition. Calling the Corban offering (dedicated to God) exempted the offerer from using that money to help their parents.
We have already said that the rudiments of the world are spiritual beings; in this case Satan and his angels. Now we have that the traditions of men (who are part of the world) are according to these spiritual beings, and the philosophies and hollow subtleties against which Paul warns are according to the traditions of men. The conclusion we reach is that behind all philosophy, doctrine, set of ideas that arises in any part of the world there is a spiritual being. If these are not according to Christ then they are according to demons.
In the book of Daniel, chapter 10, verses 12 and 13 we read the following: "Then he said to me: Daniel, do not fear; for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and humble yourself in the presence of your God, your words were heard: and because of your words I have come. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia opposed me for twenty-one days; but behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, and be there with the kings of Persia. " In Daniel 10:20 it says "He said to me: Do you know why I have come to you? Well now I have to go back to fight against the prince of Persia; and when you finish with him, the prince of Greece will come. "
We have here two fallen angels who fight for Satan. The prince of Persia and the prince of Greece. If we refer to history, we know that in the Middle East the Persian empire was imposed at that time, which was later destroyed by Alexander the Great at the command of the Greek army; then the angel was referring to this fact. The Persian culture was dominating the world in the time of Daniel, and all the Persian culture, its customs and traditions that were opposed to God were based and headed by a fallen angel called the prince of Persia. Daniel was told that then another culture would come, another set of ideas, traditions and doctrines that was the Greek culture, in this case represented by the prince of Greece.
When Paul wrote the letter to the Colossians he was fighting the ideas of Judaism, a symbol of what we now call legalism; however, it declares a fact: Philosophies and all ideas have a close relationship with the traditions of men, which, in turn, are based on spiritual beings.
Then we can say with certainty that the different political, social and cultural movements that occur in the world and make up human history, is nothing more than the reflection of a spiritual confrontation; moreover, we can say that any conflict of ideas and philosophies that occur in any human group, in the university, in the company in which we work, in the unions, etc., everything is nothing more than a spiritual confrontation that It gives on several levels. We know that in the spiritual world not everyone has the same hierarchy or the same functions, that is, we are all immersed in a spiritual struggle in which everything we say or do, what we do not say and do not do will strengthen or weaken some of the warring factions. Matthew 12:30 "He who is not with me is against me; and he who does not gather with me scatters."
Throughout history we have the attempt to impose traditions and customs against God, which is nothing more than the struggle of the satanic hosts for absolute and total control of the world.
We must understand that when the gospel is preached, that is, the doctrine of God who is nothing but Jesus Christ himself, we are annihilating spiritual hosts of evil because we overthrow beliefs and theories that have oppressed human beings, stripping them and damaging them.
An example of this struggle is in the account of Jesus' conversation with the Samaritan woman (John 4: 1-42). In John 4: 12-13 he says: "Are you the father of Jacob, who gave us this well, from which he drank, his sons and his cattle? Jesus answered and said to her, "Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again."
In our world we have many beliefs, customs and philosophies that have a lot of reputation, and are rooted in society. When we talk about society we can also include the family or the group of friends we have. We are thinking that these ideas will quench our thirst. Outside the knowledge of Jesus and his Holy Spirit there are no philosophies or traditions that are more prestigious and rooted in the society in which we belong that can supply our thirst as Jesus does. We see how Jesus disrupts arguments that have arisen and offers us the Gospel instead.
Now we can better understand what Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:12 "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places .
Demons can cause illnesses, possessions and psychic phenomena, but they are also the basis of all philosophies and beliefs that do not please God or are subject to him.
The law is based on angels.- In Colossians 2:18 it says: "No one deprives you of your reward, affecting humility and worship of the angels, meddling in what you have not seen, vainly swollen by your own carnal mind." We know that the only one worthy of adoration is the trinity Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Isaiah 42: 8 "I am the Lord; This is my name; and to another I will not give my glory, nor my praise to sculptures. " And the angels do not accept adoration, we find the example of Revelation 22: 8-9 "I John am the one who heard and saw these things. And after I had heard and seen them, I prostrated myself to worship at the feet of the angel who showed me these things. But he said to me: Look, do not do it; for I am your fellow servant, your brothers the prophets, and those who keep the words of this book. Worship God. "
But why Paul says that by yielding to Judaism we fall into the worship of angels. The answer is found in Galatians 3:19 "So what is the law for? It was added because of the transgressions, until the seed came to whom the promise was made; and was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. "
This means that the law as a doctrine, as a set of ideas offered was based on angels. That is why in wanting to implant the Jewish worship of the Gentiles, they fell from the grace of Jesus Christ to worship angels.
For example, the laws that we have in the book of Leviticus as the case of being unclean, by eating animals called impure, and all the rite that should follow to be cleansed before God was based on an angel.
What are we told about Jesus Christ? Colossians 2: 9-10 "For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily, and ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power." In Colossians 1: 15-16 he says: "He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For in him all things were created, those in the heavens and those on the earth, visible and invisible; be thrones, be domains, be principalities, be powers; everything was created through him and for him.
We can say: Why I am going to serve entities of media command if I can serve and have communion with the King of kings and Lord of lords. In John 17: 3 "And this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent." 1John 5: 4-5 "For everything that is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has defeated the world, our faith. Who is the one who overcomes the world, but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? "
We can conclude that behind any set of ideas, philosophies there are spiritual beings that will require adoration and communion with their followers; but more than that is to know Jesus and have a sincere relationship with him. Knowing and loving Jesus overlaps any other attempt to establish truths to be considered a friend of God.
A final example.- A group of boys (gang members), have their own way of acting, which for them is sublime, this is based on philosophies and beliefs that this group harbors. They also have practices such as smoking, drinking and maybe stealing and hurting people. If one of them stops following or opposes the behavior pattern of the group will be punished in some way, this is the way the powers behind these ideas act on their followers. The instruments of this spiritual entity are the priests of this cult, and it depends on the intensity in the delivery of these boys to such ideas which will determine the power of this demon. This entity asks for worship and worship but he can only offer lies since the devil has only come to steal, kill and destroy instead Jesus Christ came so we can have life in abundance.
All the above can help us distinguish where there are cults that are not subject to God, perhaps even within the churches themselves. 1Timothy 4: 1 "But the Spirit clearly says that in the latter times some will depart from the faith, listening to deceitful spirits and doctrines of devils."
It is an opportunity to reflect and examine ourselves, if perhaps I am worshiping God, or I have placed myself at the service of lying powers that impel me to worship him, and therefore the fruits of the flesh begin to manifest in me. Prov. 14:12 "There is a way that seems right to a man; but its end is the way of death. "
It would be good to read the message to Ephesus that is found in Revelation 2: 1-7. And remember that only my communion with Jesus saves me and puts me in the right relationship with God. As Colossians 2:10 says "and you are complete in Him …"
Made by: Iván Salazar Contreras