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March 6th, 2018 - Col 2:21-23

                      Daily Devotional <> March 6, 2018 <> Tuesday

            Christ's sufficiency Verses legalism <> Colossians 2:21-23

                          Point of Contact <> Bro. Ben Van Winkle

 

     This verse is better understood if we supply the words “such as” at the beginning. In other words, Paul is saying in V:20, “Why, do you while living in this world, submit yourselves to regulations <> such as (V:21) do not touch, do not taste, do not handle?” Strange here some have taught that Paul was commanding that the Colossians are not to touch, taste, or handle. This is of course is the opposite of the meaning in this passage.

   The meaning is still further explained in V:22. These are prohibitions which are manmade, as is indicated by the expression according to the commandments & doctrines of men. Is this true religion to be occupied with earthly things rather than with the living Christ Himself?

   These practices of man's religion all create a seeming appearance of wisdom in self imposed religion, false humility, & severity to the body. Self imposed religion means that these people adopt a form of worship according to their own ideas of what is right, rather than what is according to the Word of God. They seem to be religious but it is not true Christianity. False humility has already been explained <> they pretend to be too humble to approach God directly, so they use angelic mediators

Neglect of the body refers to the practice of ascetism, a belief of self torture or self denial, they believe that man can achieve a higher state of holiness. This is found in Hinduism & other eastern religions.

   What is the value of these practices? It is of no value against the indulgence of the flesh. All of these put on a fine appearance outwardly, but they do not succeed in checking the indulgence of the flesh. Every false system fails to make men better. The Christian attitude is that we have died to the flesh with all its passions & lusts, & from now on we live to the glory of God. We do this not out of fear of punishment, but out of love to the One who gave Himself for us. A.T. Robertson puts it well: “It is love that makes us really feel free to do right. Love makes the choice easy. Love makes the face of duty beautiful. Love makes it sweet to keep up with Christ. Love makes the service of goodness freedom.”