Puzzling Passages Made Plain: Untwisting the Christian Holiday Excuse

Colossians 2:16 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath.

One of the most misunderstood passages in Scripture. It has nothing to do with Christian holidays, nor were any ordained. Here are some articles to clear up the mistake:

Does Paul Do Away With the Sabbath and Holy Days?

What Did Paul Really Say in Colossians 2:16?

Would you please explain the meaning of Colossians 2:16-17?

Others can argue whether or not to keep the ancient Hebrew customs; He has thwarted my attempts of doing them, and I became Spirit-led. He later taught me about following Torah spiritually. For example, Torah taught that those who could afford it should tithe several times a year. Jesus dismissed the Jewish leaders’ detailed yet heartless tithing process (Matthew 23:23, Luke 11:42) and told His disciples to give alms (Matthew 6:1-4, Luke 11:41, Luke 12:33). To give without some set amount is taught throughout the NT (Acts 11:29, Acts 24:17, Romans 15:26, 2 Corinthians 9:7), not the tithe, which is of Torah (even the Jews today do not tithe). This is much harder because it involves understanding how Torah was applied and following Christ alone. To completely cover it would take volumes of books! Thank the Father we have the Holy Spirit to guide us.

Torah Is Christ’s Shadow

Colossians 2:17 (literal translation) …which are the shadow of things coming, but the Body of Christ.

Getting rid of the translator’s taint, we can see that Colossians 2:16-17 is talking about Jewish practices and those practices foreshadowing Christ in us and us in Christ. In short, Gentiles, don’t worry about the practices; become His Body (spirit-led).

Some religions teach we are to have part of ourselves in Christ and part in Torah; others say Christ is Torah. The problem with both views is that God stated in the Old and New Testament He wanted His Law written directly into the hearts of men. This can only happen on the spiritual, not physical, level, since He also declared men’s hearts wicked (Jeremiah 17:9, Matthew 13:15) and that we needed a heart transplant (Jeremiah 24:7, Jeremiah 32:39, Ezekiel 11:19, Ezekiel 36:26). Torah taught us we cannot fulfill it perfectly without His direct intervention, therefore He gets to dictate how and when He wants each of us to follow it. How many times have you read throughout Scripture where He supposedly broke the Law?

Now, do you want to live in Christ and Christ in you as the Father shines upon you both, or do you want to stay under a shadow, whether Christ’s or a man-made one?

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