Colossians 2:2(NASB) Verse Thoughts Much doctrinal truth is reflected within the prayers that Paul prayed for the family of God, and much instruction and wise counsel on how to live the Christian life in a manner that is honouring to the Lord is similarly couched within the content of Paul's intercessions for the saints of God. New International Version (NIV), In contexts like this, the Greek word for, Isa 11:2; Jer 23:5; Ro 11:33; 1Co 1:24, 30, NIV, The Story: The Bible as One Continuing Story of God and His People, NIV, Quest Study Bible, Comfort Print: The Only Q and A Study Bible, NIV, Story of Jesus: Experience the Life of Jesus as One Seamless Story, NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, Red Letter Edition: Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture, NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Luke, Comfort Print. He nailed our sin to the cross and: blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that kept us enslaved to the Law - He became our Kinsman-Redeemer, and He died in our place. Similarly, the Sabbath day ritual, which was guarded so jealously by the religious leaders of Israel, was simply a pale shadow of the Lord Jesus Christ, - Who Himself, has become the Sabbath rest, for the people of God, and for all who trust in Him, for the forgiveness of sins and life everlasting. Sunday is the Lord's Day, but it was not "set apart" like the Jewish Sabbath. The more stedfast our faith in Christ is, the better order there will be in our whole conversation; for we live and walk by faith, 2 Co. 5:7; Heb. (AT) 23 Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility(AU) and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence. The more stedfast our faith in Christ is, the better order there will be in our whole conversation; for we live and walk by faith, 2 Co. 5:7; Heb. See Ephesians 4:16. that their hearts may be encouraged, having been knit together in love, and attaining to all the wealth that comes from the full assurance of understanding, resulting in a true knowledge of God's mystery, that is, Christ Himself. things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ. Do not let anyone fool you. The blood of the New Covenant poured out from the wounds made by the nails. No longer are we bound by legalistic rules, where we are required to eat certain foods and participate in specific feasts, festivals and Sabbath day rituals - all of which were given by God to point us to Christ. 1974. But they have no real value. All these things. They are shadows of the things to come. The Law of Jewish rites. Translate as Greek, "I wish … He longed that each one may have all the riches of an assured conviction, a true understanding and a secure knowledge of the mystery of God - which is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself! Do not allow yourselves. 2 My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart(C) and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery(D) of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. But God has now. See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ. He is supreme. However, Christ fulfilled all the requirements of the Law on our behalf, and by faith.. returned us into sweet fellowship with the Father - JUSTIFIED SAINT! It was an unattainable requirement, written on stone, which identified and accused everyone of sin - and stamped all humanity with the eternal, condemnation of God - GUILTY SINNER! So let no one make rules. 2 I want you to know how hard I am contending(A) for you and for those at Laodicea,(B) and for all who have not met me personally. This is God's offer to forgive (Acts 2:38). Your whole self ruled by the flesh[b](T) was put off when you were circumcised by[c] Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism,(U) in which you were also raised with him(V) through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. A shadow is an intangible image of something that is real. Verses 4-12 The apostle cautions the Colossians against deceivers : And this I say lest any man beguile you with enticing words; and v. 8, Lest any man spoil you. But this had already been rejected by the Holy Spirit [ Acts 15:1-29]. The Law was a curse because no one could keep it (see James 2:10; Acts 15:10). God's act in Christ to save men formed the basis for the faith which caused them to stand together. Adam was a type of Christ, and the temporal, passing, Aaronic priesthood, in the earthly temple of Solomon, shadowed the higher, permanent and eternal Melchedieck priesthood of the Lord Jesus Christ, which is carried out in the heavenly temple of God. Christians do not belong to this world, therefore they do not obey the obsolete rites mentioned in this chapter [as a religious act]. Some were saying every Christian must be circumcised. (W), 13 When you were dead in your sins(X) and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you[d] alive(Y) with Christ. The life-giving serpent, that Moses lifted up on a pole in the wilderness.. was simply a shadowy precursor of Christ, being lifted up on the cross, for the forgiveness of sin.. and His eternal, life-giving resurrection. Paul teaches we must act out the events of the Cross (Romans 6:3-4). All these things were a mere shadow of things to come. Ruling Spirits of the universe. Much doctrinal truth is reflected within the prayers that Paul prayed for the family of God, and much instruction and wise counsel on how to live the Christian life in a manner that is honouring to the Lord is similarly couched within the content of Paul's intercessions for the saints of God. 9 For in Christ all the fullness(P) of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. For--He explains in what respect he "labored striving" ( Colossians 1:29 ). Jesus is God (the Logos) in human form (John 1:14).