Colossians 2:16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you with respect to food or drink, or in the matter of a feast, new moon, or Sabbath days –
17 these are only the shadow of the things to come, but the reality is Christ!
Key words and phrases:
- Therefore, do not let any one judge you – meaning don’t let anyone judge your justification, your position before God, your eternal destiny because they think you need to keep the below rules.
- With respect to food or drink, or in the matter of a feast, new moon, or sabbath days – meaning the false teachers were telling them to keep the rules, and that these rules were needed for salvation. These rules refer to Moses ceremonial laws.
- These are only the shadow of the things to come – Jesus did not come to destroy the law, but He came to fulfil it. All of Moses laws were shadows of the real way of salvation that was not yet revealed but is now revealed in Christ. All of the Old Testament ceremonies pointed to Christ.
- But the reality is Christ! – meaning Christ was the real way of salvation. Moses’ ceremonies were shadows of Him that was not yet revealed. The sabbaths, the holidays, and all Moses ceremonies were shadows cast by Christ. But now we can see the person by which the shadows were cast, and the shadows are no longer needed.
Listening Prayer method – a method where you write what you think God would say to you after meditating and studying a Bible passage.
Are we trusting the shadow caster?
I, Jesus, am the reality of the Old Testament symbols and shadows. Remember the clean and unclean animals? The clean represented me. Remember Moses’ holy days? I am the true Passover lamb that takes away the sin of the world. Feast of Tabernacles – I have tabernacled with men and I will do so again. Feast of Pentecost – I will bring in the harvest of souls. New moons – all of time and periods of history are in my hands. Sabbaths – I am the true rest for your soul’s salvation.
Do not let anyone judge your salvation for not keeping these shadows. For they do not understand that I am the substance which cast the shadows. If you have me, then you are complete and need nothing more for salvation.
I am the way, the truth, and the life. Do not trust in your works in serving the shadows, but trust in Me, the shadow caster. I have now been revealed! The shadows are no longer needed!