DAILY WORDS OF HOPE
BY PCG, HOPE CONGREGATION–SAK. EST
TODAY’S VERSE: COLOSSIANS 2:16-23
THEME: THINGS THAT CAN RUIN YOUR LIFE
WORDS OF HOPE:
The Colossian believers were being harmed by a teaching that was reducing “acceptance with God” down to the level of such things as Jewish “dietary laws” – that which concerned “food” or “drink” – even though God, in Christ, had declared all foods to be “clean” (Acts 10:9-15).
They also focused in on the observance of Jewish religious dates and events, such as “festivals” (Lev. 23), and “new moon” or ‘first-ofthe-month’ celebrations and sacrifices (Numbers 10:10; 28:11-15), and Sabbath day regulations (Exodus 31:14-16); even though God never required that any of these be observed by proselytes – Gentile converts and followers of Jesus (Acts 15:28-29). These things all had value at one time, because they pointed the Jewish people in Old Testament times to God.
When Jesus came, however, He perfectly fulfilled the intention of those laws in His own life of obedience, and sacrifice of death on the cross (Matthew 5:17; Romans 3:27-31). As Paul puts it, those Jewish rules and regulations were merely the “shadow” for which Jesus was the “substance”. Now that the “substance” (that is Christ Himself) has come, we are no longer to make “substance” out of “shadows”. Jesus sets us free from these things; and so we should neither judge one another in them, nor allow ourselves to be intimidated by the judgment of others with respect to them. To do so is to place our backs, once again, under the burdensome yoke of spiritual bondage.
These false ways of becoming more acceptable to God—legalism, mysticism and asceticism—all have things in common:
(1) They are all attempts to “earn” God’s favor,
(2) are all based on our own efforts instead of God’s work for us, and
(3) have all been rendered utterly useless because of what Jesus has already done.
We should remember the words of Paul in Galatians 5:1; “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.”
• Pray for grace not to concentrate on things that can ruin your life
• Pray for grace to live like Christ
• Pray and avoid every lies of the enemy
I pray in the name of Jesus not to be a hindrance to others. Amen 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽