Col 2:14

Feb 2, 2020
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Most misunderstand Colossians 2:14. Here take a look. The context is forgiveness. It starts in verse 13.
And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting to the ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. 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:
(Col 2:13-16)

It was the hand writing to the ordinances that were against and contrary to us. These are the judgments, ceremonial and sacrificial laws God mandated for when we broke the ordinances, the laws that pertain to life, God's righteousness. We have been forgiven through Christ so they are not needed anymore. Verse 16 makes it even clearer with the fact that It says let no man therefore judge you. Principalities and powers have been spoiled by the cross. No more judgment by man because the handwriting to the ordinances has been blotted out because we have been forgiven already.
 
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Most misunderstand Colossians 2:14. Here take a look. The context is forgiveness. It starts in verse 13.
And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; Blotting out the handwriting to the ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. 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:
(Col 2:13-16)

It was the hand writing to the ordinances that were against and contrary to us. These are the judgments, ceremonial and sacrificial laws God mandated for when we broke the ordinances, the laws that pertain to life, God's righteousness. We have been forgiven through Christ so they are not needed anymore. Verse 16 makes it even clearer with the fact that It says let no man therefore judge you. Principalities and powers have been spoiled by the cross. No more judgment by man because the handwriting to the ordinances has been blotted out because we have been forgiven already.
It just may be that Paul is telling us that Christ is the answer to "Rituals".

It would be helpful to remember that Paul had to deal with two systems of Greek philosophy which were very popular in his day.

#1 was Stoicism.
#2 was Epicureanism.

Stoicism taught that man was to live nobly and that death could not matter. They believed that man is more than circumstances and that the soul is greater than the universe. That is a brave teaching but the problem was just how to live it.

Epicureanism taught that everything is uncertain. We live for a brief time and then we disappear from the scene and it is vain to deny ourselves any present joy in view of what is coming. In other words....."Eat and drink and be merry for tomarrow we die and that is it".

BOTH of these systems are trying to deal with the flesh which is of course the "Old Nature". The Old Nature works through our old habits, old desire, old sin and testing and temptations. Can that be brought under controle is what Paul was teaching us.

Now then, Paul is telling us that the Old Nature never goes away!!!! We can go to church, to Bible conferences, and read the Bible every day, however none of that makes the Old Nature go away. All of those things are RITUALS and the only we hope that we have is to be joined to the Living Christ. When we do that, we will be able to live as if we are joined to Christ and we will turn to Him in every one of the challenges of life comes upon us.

That means the reality of......."Christ in us is the hope of glory".