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 Col 2:16

COL 2:16
By Lahry Sibley
Col 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
No Doubt a very controversial scripture, especially for those who defend the 1st day of the week worship day; not that they rest on either the 7th day or the 1st day. They may attend one or more church services on the 1st day, but then they have no sense of restraint on what they do with the remainder of the 1st day. So in this hour we live in, I don’t think we can validly say that the modern Christian church supports resting from sundown on Saturday, till sundown on Sunday. If there is a church that does this, I’m not at all aware of it.
In today’s family, with the demand for cash to support a higher than needed lifestyle, usually the husband and the wife both work, often times more than 5 days a week and “weekend days” are in heavy demand for workers. So they are often off on other days. But these days are filled with home chores, errands, hobby pursuits, etc. So the day of rest is reduced to at best a few hours of watching godless TV in the evening and very little devotional time. As should be obvious, not only has the day of the week eroded to “as you please” but the true rest for one day and commune with God is all but a vague memory.
So how do we right the delima? We take it all the way back to Biblical standard. But as soon as you mention 7th day rest to most people who call themselves “Christians”, they will scream “foul” and retort to about 3 new covenant passages that are pitifully weak arguments for changing such an important part of God’s law as one of His 10 commandments.
So as we work through some highlights of the book of Collossians, it was inevitable that we arrive at vs 16 above. However, in order to understand vs 16 we must take it in context. To do that we must back up a couple verses.
Col 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
Col 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

From vs 14, it is obvious that what is being discussed here is “hand written ordinances”, rules added to the Abrahamic and Mosaic covenants by man. Jesus blotted out all of these things as well as all of the ceremonials and hand written rules in the “law of Moses”. To be clear, here, Moses never really had any “laws”. The “Mosaic law” was law given to Moses by God and Moses wrote them down by hand in a book, that was placed outside the Ark of the Covenant.
It should also be obvious that Jesus triumphed over principalities and ruling powers, not the COMMANDMENTS OF GOD. As should be obvious, this text makes no reference whatsoever to the 10 commandments written in “stone” by the hand of God Himself. These commandments written in “stone” were placed inside the Ark of the Covenant, as part of an unchangeable and permanent sacred document produced by God for the benefit and love of mankind. I dare say no one in their right mind who knows anything at all about the Bible and the first 5 books would call these commandments “ordinances”.
The other argument that Sun Day Worshippers use regarding this scripture is that they are declaring that this verse prevents anyone from judging them for not keeping the 7th day holy, when the context would indicate it is quite the other way around. Let’s take one more look at it, shall we?
Col 2:16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
Remember, the context is ordinances, not Commandments in stone. These were ordinances added to the covenant and commandments of God for those who keep feast days, use the new moon calendar of 12 and 13 lunar months, and all of the “Sabbaths” of the liturgical year that accompany these feasts.
In conclusion, I’d like to add what Adam Clarke wrote in his commentary about this text:
Col 2:14
Blotting out the hand-writing of ordinances - By the hand-writing of ordinances the apostle most evidently means the ceremonial law: this was against them, for they were bound to fulfill it; and it was contrary to them, as condemning them for their neglect and transgression of it. This law God himself has blotted out.
Blotting out the hand-writing is probably an allusion to Num_5:23, where the curses written in the book, in the case of the woman suspected of adultery, are directed to be blotted out with the bitter waters. And there can be little doubt of a farther allusion, viz., to the custom of discharging the writing from parchment by the application of such a fluid as the muriatic acid, which immediately dissolves those ferruginous calces which constitute the blackening principle of most inks. But the East India inks, being formed only of simple black, such as burnt ivory, or cork, and gum water, may be wiped clean off from the surface of the paper or parchment by the application of a wet sponge, so as to leave not one legible vestige remaining: this I have often proved.
Nailing it to his cross - When Christ was nailed to the cross, our obligation to fulfill these ordinances was done away. There may be another reference here to some ancient mode of annulling legal obligations, by nailing them to a post; but I do not recollect at present an instance or example. Antiquated laws are said to have been thus abrogated.
Col 2:15
And having spoiled principalities and powers - Here is an allusion to the treatment of enemies when conquered: they are spoiled of their armor, so much the word απεκδυειν implies; and they are exhibited with contumely and reproach to the populace, especially when the victor has the honor of a triumph; to the former of which there is an allusion in the words εδειγματισεν εν παρῥησιᾳ, making a public exhibition of them; and to the latter in the words θριαμβευσας αυτους, triumphing over them. And the principalities and powers refer to the emperors, kings, and generals taken in battle, and reserved to grace the victor’s triumph. It is very likely that by the αρχας και εξουσιας, principalities and powers, over whom Christ triumphed, the apostle means the נשיאות nesioth and רשות roshoth, who were the rulers and chiefs in the Sanhedrin and synagogues, and who had great authority among the people, both in making constitutions and explaining traditions. The propagation of Christianity in Judea quite destroyed their spiritual power and domination; just as the propagation of Protestantism, which was Christianity revived, destroyed, wherever it appeared, the false doctrine and domination of the pope of Rome.
In it - The words εν αυτῳ refer rather to Christ, than to the cross, if indeed they be genuine; of which there is much reason to doubt, as the versions and fathers differ so greatly in quoting them. Griesbach has left them out of the text.
Col 2:16
Let no man - judge you in meat, or in drink - The apostle speaks here in reference to some particulars of the hand-writing of ordinances, which had been taken away, viz., the distinction of meats and drinks, what was clean and what unclean, according to the law; and the necessity of observing certain holydays or festivals, such as the new moons and particular sabbaths, or those which should be observed with more than ordinary solemnity; all these had been taken out of the way and nailed to the cross, and were no longer of moral obligation. There is no intimation here that the Sabbath was done away, or that its moral use was superseded, by the introduction of Christianity. I have shown elsewhere that, Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy, is a command of perpetual obligation, and can never be superseded but by the final termination of time. As it is a type of that rest which remains for the people of God, of an eternity of bliss, it must continue in full force till that eternity arrives; for no type ever ceases till the antitype be come. Besides, it is not clear that the apostle refers at all to the Sabbath in this place, whether Jewish or Christian; his σαββατων, of sabbaths or weeks, most probably refers to their feasts of weeks, of which much has been said in the notes on the Pentateuch.
Col 2:17
Which are a shadow - All these things were types, and must continue in force till the Christ, whom they represented, came; the apostle therefore says that the body - the substance or design of them was of Christ - pointed him out, and the excellent blessings which he has procured. The word σκια, shadow, is often used to express any thing imperfect or unsubstantial; while the term σωμα, body, was used in the opposite sense, and expressed any thing substantial, solid, and firm. The law was but the shadow or representation of good things to come; none should rest in it; all that it pointed out is to be sought and obtained in Christ.
Col 2:18
Let no man beguile you - Μηδεις ὑμας καταβραβευετω· Let no man take the prize from you which the βραβευς, brabeus, or judge in the contests, has assigned you, in consequence of your having obtained the victory. This any reader will see, is an allusion to the Olympic and Isthmian games, and to the prizes assigned to these who had obtained the victory in one or more of the contests which there took place. The Colossians had fought and conquered under the direction of Christ, and he, as the sole judge in this contest, had assigned to them the prize; the false teachers, affecting great modesty, humility, and sanctity, endeavored to turn them aside from the Gospel, and to induce them to end in the flesh who had begun in the Spirit. Against these the apostle warns them.
In a voluntary humility and worshiping of angels - This is a difficult passage, and in order to explain it, I shall examine the meaning of some of the principal terms of the original. The word θελειν, to will, signifies also to delight; and ταπειμοφροσυνη signifies not only lowliness or humility of mind, but also affliction of mind; and ταπεινουν την ψυχην, Lev_16:20, Lev_16:31, and in many other places, signifies to afflict the soul by fasting, and self-abnegation; and θρησκεια signifies reverence and modesty. Hence the whole passage has been paraphrased thus: Let no man spoil you of the prize adjudged to you, who delights in mortifying his body, and walking with the apparent modesty of an angel, affecting superior sanctity in order to gain disciples; intruding into things which he has not seen; and, notwithstanding his apparent humility, his mind is carnal, and he is puffed up with a sense of his superior knowledge and piety. It is very likely that the apostle here alludes to the Essenes, who were remarkably strict and devout, spent a principal part of their time in the contemplation of the Divine Being, abstained from all sensual gratifications, and affected to live the life of angels upon earth. With their pretensions all the apostle says here perfectly agrees, and on this one supposition the whole of the passage is plain and easy. Many have understood the passage as referring to the adoration of angels, which seems to have been practiced among the Jews, who appear (from Tobit, xii. 15; Philo, in lib. de Somn.; Josephus, War. lib. ii. cap. 8, sec. 7) to have considered them as a sort of mediators between God and man; presenting the prayers of men before the throne; and being, as Philo says, μεγαλου Βασιλεως οφθαλμοι και ωτα, the eyes and ears of the great King. But this interpretation is not so likely as the foregoing.

And there you have it. Hardly an evidence to change a commandment of God into a commandment of men. I must also remind you that those who began to rest on the 1st day toward the end of the 1st century, were doing what seemed good to them in order to avoid the persecution that the jews were suffering. Jews and Christians thought to be jews were easily identified because they refused to work on the 7th day. Some Christians thought it good to change to the 1st day because Christ arose on the first of the week. We know that doing what “seems good” leads to all sorts of schisms and sects, as would be obvious from a careful review of history. This change added to the “new covenant” in the same way that others had added to the first covenant. May I remind you that once a covenant is ratified, it cannot be changed. Jesus ratified the new covenant when He shed His blood. Anything added after that is bogus.
Antinomians (anti-law) are for the most part ignorant of the whole counsel of scripture, and they make a mockery of attempting to “rightly divide the word of truth”. People today do not want to keep the 7th day rest (Sabbath) because they live in a culture that typically does as it pleases on the 7th day, making themselves, “lord of the Sabbath Day”. My Bible says Jesus Himself is “Lord of the Sabbath”. Since we cannot serve two masters, we know who Sun Day keepers obey.
Before I close, I must remind you again, the topic is not Sun Day worship. Every day is a great day for worship. The topic is obedience to God’s 10 Commandments, of which the Sabbath Commandment is a part of. Saving faith produces obedience and holiness in the life of the Believer. Continuing in willful sin ( I know it’s wrong but I will do it anyway) is not a part of the New Covenant Christian faithfilled lifestyle. Selah - Lahry

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