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Some people believe that God's Law was "nailed to the cross," thus relieving us of the obligation of keeping it.  Now we are free, they think, we don't need to keep the Law of God.  But what of texts like, "I am the Lord, I change not," and  "until earth and heaven disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of the pen, will disappear from the law"? 

One of the more controversial passages is Colossians 2:14-17.  I compared other passages to see how the puzzling text is explained by other Scripture.

 

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Col. 2:14-17  "Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances ..."

Compare:

Deut. 31:24-26  when Moses had completed writing the words of this law in a book

and

Exodus 31:18  [God] gave Moses two tablets of the Testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God.

[The passage can't refer to the Ten Commandments- how could you blot out writing on stone?]

Colossians 2:14-17  "...handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross..."

Compare:

Deut. 31:24-26  "Take this Book of the Law, and put it beside the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there as a witness against you..."

Ephesians 2:15  "having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances"

and

Romans 7:12 Therefore the [Ten Cmmandment] law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good.

[Colossians 2 can't refer to the Ten Commandment law, but does refer to the book of Moses.]

Colossians 2:14-17: "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 cross;

Romans 7:7 Is the [Ten Commandment] law sin? God forbid.  Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law

Hebrews 10:8 ...He sets aside the first to establish the second.

Matthew 5:17-19 Do not think that I have come to abolish the [ Ten Commandment]  Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.
Romans 3:31Do we, then, nullify the [Ten Commandment] law by this faith? Not at all!  Rather, we uphold the law.
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Colossians 2:14-17  Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink,

compare:

Hebrews 9:8  while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: Which was a figure for the time then present, Which stood only in meats and drinks, and

Leviticus 23:37-38 ‘These are the feasts of the LORD which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire to the LORD, a burnt offering and a grain offering, a sacrifice and drink offerings…
[The Passover, the day of the firstfruits, the Feast of Trumpets, and several other feasts had very specific meat and drink offerings.]

[There are no meats and drinks mentioned  in the Ten Commandments therefore this cannot be the law referred to in Colossians 2:14-17.]
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Colossians 2:14-17  Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us..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:  Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
compare:

Hebrews 9:8 while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: Which was a figure for the time then present, Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.
Leviticus 23:37-38  These are the feasts of the LORD which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire to the LORD, a burnt offering and a grain offering, a sacrifice and drink offerings, everything on its day—besides the Sabbaths of the LORD

and

Matthew 12:8  For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.

[“THE Sabbath of the Lord” was distinct from the ‘sabbaths’ prescribed for every festival in the Mosaic Law.]
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Colossians 2:14-17 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances...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:  Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.

Compare:

Hebrews 9:8 ...the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: Which was a figure for the time then present, .... But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, ...

Compare:

Hebrews 10:1  For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
and

Exodus 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Revelation 14:7 saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.”
[The Sabbath is not a shadow of things to come;it is a memorial to creation and the Creator.]
         

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