MidweekWednesday 13th May 2020

William continues his week-long study in Colossians tonight, reading chapter 2 v16-23 which warn Christians not to live in the shadows of religion but in the reality of Christ.
Colossians 2 v16-23

Colossians 2:16–23

Let No One Disqualify You

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. 17 These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ. 18 Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels, going on in detail about visions,1 puffed up without reason by his sensuous mind, 19 and not holding fast to the Head, from whom the whole body, nourished and knit together through its joints and ligaments, grows with a growth that is from God.

20 If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to regulations—21 “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch” 22 (referring to things that all perish as they are used)—according to human precepts and teachings? 23 These have indeed an appearance of wisdom in promoting self-made religion and asceticism and severity to the body, but they are of no value in stopping the indulgence of the flesh.


[1] 2:18 Or about the things he has seen


Questions to consider

  1. How do we know which Old Testament laws are relevant
    for us today?
  2. When do people cross the line from faithful obedience to legalism?
  3. What are the dangers of legalism?
  4. Does God ever speak outside of the bible today (Hebrews 1 v1-2)? How do we protect ourselves from being led astray by revelations outside the Bible? (v18-19)
  5. How should we respond to those who insist on us holding a certain position on secondary issues?
  6. What are some of the ways we can today be living in the shadows rather than the reality of Jesus (v17)?
Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®),
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