See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. Colossians 2:8
Paul struggled a lot for Colossians to present them perfect in Christ. He wanted them to have firm faith in Christ and to have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. They understood God’s grace in all its truth and learned it from Epaphras.
Paul along with others continually prayed for Colossians asking God to fill them with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And prayed that they may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please God in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God.
He warned them (Church) to beware and not to be captivated by human traditions of the world. But, he wanted them to be rooted and grounded in Christ. Our Lord Jesus told Pharisees that you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. (Ref: Mark 7:13). Jesus warned Pharisees, Paul warned Colossians. Around 2000 yrs back human traditions tried to enter into church and even today its same, let us not get captivated by it. Instead, let us live a Christ centered life by abiding in God’s Word. Amen! Our Lord Jesus is the living Word, He teaches us His ways!