The New Testament books of Philippians and Colossians are similar in some ways and different in others. These two letters to early churches are both attributed to the apostle Paul and both celebrate the glory of Jesus Christ and his saving work. Join with us over four weeks as we explore these vital books.
Read Colossians 2:16-23
Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind. They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.
Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: "Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!"? These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.
Many people think the Christian faith mainly revolves around being good and keeping rules. How does this passage dispute those misperceptions?
Have you made up rules that are "merely human commands and teachings"? What might your faith be like if you dropped those rules and focused your energy and attention instead on deepening and strengthening your relationship with Christ?