COLOSSIANS 2:14-17 Explained!
Many having read Colossians 2:14-17 have determined that the festivals were done away with and nailed to the cross. Let us examine the context and be absolutely sure!
Lets start by backing up to verse 13 to get the context. "And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath He quickened together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses."
This verse explains right away that you were dead in your sins, that would mean that on the day of Judgment these recorded sins would come up against you. That would mean that the penalty for your sins must be executed against you. But YAHUSHUA took your sins upon Himself, He took your place before infinite justice. He took severe death! Whereby we may find forgiveness by His great sacrifice, as the text says, "having forgiven you all trespasses", and then he continues "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." verse 14. Notice the word "ordinances", which most folks interpret to mean the feast days. But the Greek word means "a decree", thats right the death decree was against all who have sinned. The death penalty ordinances written in the law of Moses was against the transgressors (Galations 3:13).
In the time of our Saviour the Romans would write a decree or "accusation" and put it by the criminal for all to see why he was being put to death. The decree or "accusation" against our Saviour was that He was "THE KING OF THE YAHUDIM" (or Jews) Matt. 27:37. But He took the decree that was against us, which was "contrary to us" (compare Leviticus 26:23, 24, 27, 28, 40, 41). Thats right the judgments shown by these references are "contrary to us"! YAHUSHUA took these things which were against us and contrary to us and nailed them to His cross. HalleluYAH!
Did you know that the "judgments" were shadowy? Thats right, "The Saviours prophecy concerning the visitation of judgments upon Jerusalem is to have another fulfillment, of which that terrible desolation was but a faint shadow." Great Controversy p. 36
Here is another statement, "The prophecy which He uttered was twofold in its meaning: while foreshadowing the destruction of Jerusalem, it prefigured also the terrors of the last great day." Great Controversy p. 25
Thus it becomes obvious by the context that what was against us, and contrary to us, and was in the way, was also shadowy!
Now lets continue, "and having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it." verse 15. By comparing Ephesians 6:12 we know that principalities and powers is refering to Satan and his earthly dominion. YAHUSHUA Himself spoiled the dominion Satan had over those who have sinned (compare Isaiah 53:12 & Matt.12:29), remember the war is between the Messiah and Satan. But thats what this text means, the Messiah spoiled Satans jurisdiction, He also exposed the devil as a liar, that the law could be kept, for He had not sinned, and therefore only He who had made the law could lay down His life to redeem those who had broken it, to satisfy the laws justice.
`Paul continues, "Let no man therefore judge you for eating and drinking, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days." verse 16 margin
In the Greek the word for "holyday" is "eorthV" and means "feast" or "festival". If Paul had already mentioned the word that meant "feast days" or festivals, why would he repeat himself when he said "sabbath days"? Obviously he didn't! That would mean then that Paul here is talking about the seventh day Shabbat! Remember Paul was a Jew and well aquainted with Scripture and mentioned feasts, new moon, and Sabbath altogether just as other Biblical writers did!
Notice the word "is" is supplied in verse 17, that means it did not appear in the Greek text from which our Bible was translated. It was added by theology of the Bible translators. Thus it would read this way,
"Let no man judge you for eating and drinking, or in respect of a feast, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days:... but the body of the Messiah." verse 16, 17 margin
Evidently the body of the Messiah is the only one to judge you in such things (I Corinthians 6:1-4 & Psalm 149:7-9).
The Feast days are statutes [See Leviticus 23:14, 21, 31, 41]. "These statutes were explicitly given to guard the ten commandments. They were not shadowy types to pass away with the death of (the Messiah)." Review & Herald May 6, 1875
It was a law to offer up a burnt offering, or a sin offering; but it was not a statute
It is clear in Daniel 9:27 that when the Messiah was cut off in the midst of the 70th prophetic week (compare Genesis 29:27, 28)the sacrifice and oblations ceased to be of any significance, for type had met its antitype in the death of "the Lamb of Elohim which taketh away the sin of the world." John 1:29
The statutes are binding in every age as long as time should last.
YAHUSHUA the real Messiah said, "Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets [a common expression meaning the five books of Moses and the writings of the prophets, or another way to put it 'the Old Testament' compare Acts 13:15 & 26:22]: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill." Mattew 5:17
Paul said, "Is the law then against the promises of Elohim? Elohim forbid." Galations 3:21
The Feast days are prophetic. This is a promise that things will happen! The Messiah the Passover Lamb died when? At Passover! The Holy Spirit fell on the apostles in rich currents, when? At Pentecost! The Saviour entered into the Holy of Holies in heaven, when? On the Day of Atonement! The wicked will all be detroyed, when? At the Feast of Tabernacles! Zechariah 14:16-19,12
"Therefore let us keep the Feast." I Corinthians 5:8
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