Colossians 2: Handwriting of Ordinances
Colossians 2:8 (AV) Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Messiah.
This is what the remaining section of Colossians chapter 2 is all about. this theme remains constant throughout but men have tried to change it to Yahweh's commandments rather than the commandments and traditions of men.
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of our Mighty One (godhead) bodily. 10 and ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
So we need none other doctrines because we are complete in Yahshua who is the head of all. We are complete in him. We don't need anything that men might invent.
11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Messiah,
In Yahshua, we are circumcised in the heart by his blood covering our sins thereby seperating us from our sins.
12 buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with [him] through the faith of the operation of Yahweh, who hath raised him from the dead,
We buried the old man and we are now a new creation so we shouldn't be going back to any old traditions and philosophies.
13 and you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his tree (cross);
When we are forgiven of our sins, those old traditions, doctrines and ordinances of men which are against us are taken out of the way. They have no power over us any longer if we are in Yahshua. Do these ordinances have power over men who are without Yahshua? Yes they do! They enslave men to sin!
Romans 6:16 (nkjv) Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin [leading] to death, or of obedience [leading] to righteousness? 17 But Yahweh be thanked that [though] you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.
Col 1:13 (nkjv) He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed [us] into the kingdom of the son of his love,
Therefore, the power that these ordinances had over us was nailed to the tree along with our sins for when we are forgiven for our sins, we are also set free from their hold on us. anyone who has repented and accepted Yahshua after a lifetime of sin can attest to this fact!!
Now if verse 14 was speaking of Yahweh's commandments then why in the next verse is it talking about disarming Satan? Yahweh is the author of the true commandments. Satan is the author of the pagan commandments that Paul is speaking of here.
16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath [days]:
17 which are a shadow of things to come; but the body [is] of Messiah
17 which are a shadow of things to come; but the body of Messiah
"body" 144 times
"bodily" 1 time in 2cor. 10:10
"slave" one time in rev. 18:3. In fact, this same Greek word is translated "body" only two verses later! Now, keeping that in mind this verse should read :
1Cor 5:11 (NKJV) But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner--not even to eat with such a person. 12 for what [have] i [to] [do] with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? 13 But those who are outside Yahweh judges. therefore "put away from yourselves the evil person."
Does a man not pass a judgement on his brother when he sees his brother in sin? of course! but when this is the case, we must restore this man in gentleness:
Gal 6:1 (NKJV) Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who [are] spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted.
Jam 5:19 (NKJV) Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.
Don't let these pagans judge us in these things. This indicates that the gentiles in colosse were keeping Yahweh's commandments as they should. Please consult any Greek New Testament to verify that what I am saying is true! "body of messiah"
18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
Verse 18 is a mirror of verse 8. This scripture furthur proves that Paul is not talking about taking away Yahweh's commandments in verse 16, but rather the commandments of men such as worshipping of angels...and here we are talking about the body of Messiah again! This is consistent with what we talked about above in verse 17, and why it should be translated "body". A variation of this word ("soma") is "somatikos" (which is strong's #4985). This word is also translated "bodily" in verse 9 above. Therefore, verses 18 and 19 are a mirror of verses 8 and 9 above. This shows us that the context of what Paul was saying in verse 8 and 9 has not changed. Therefore, these verses are good summary: stand fast in Yahweh's commandments and shun the commandments and doctrines of men.
20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Messiah from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances--
21 (touch not; taste not; handle not;
22 which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
Again, these are the ordinances of men that were blotted out. Taken out of the way. They are all commandments and doctrines of men. Not Yahweh's commandments. To furthur prove this point, let us look at the Greek words that are translated "ordinances"
Col 2:23 which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.