Sermon: Do Not Handle Do Not Taste Colossians 2:16-23

December 3, 2017


Sermon: Do Not Handle Do Not Taste Colossians 2:16-23
Where did Christian freedom go?  We are not to let others judge us in food, drink, new moons or sabbaths.  The substance is Christ, these things are the shadow not the substance.  The key is holding fast to Christ.
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 By: Bryan Walker Given on: 12/3/2017  Sermon plays on KWHW 93.5 FM on: 12/17/2017
Sermon Notes:
Colossians 2:16-23 ESV  
    • It’s important to know the context
        • Paul is repeating what he said in 2:8-10 and expounding it:
Colossians 2:8-10 ESV  
      • What was the Colossae environment? (not exactly sure)
          1. Mix of pagan (man-made) worship
          2. Gnosticism – Mystical worship (angels)
          3. Judaism – justification by works (man-justification) Ascetism – don’t touch, taste or eat (man-made)
    • Review – Paul is refocusing the church at Colossae on Christ
        • Salvation is an act of God and not according to human works
        • Human works profane the holiness of God
        • By God we have been baptized, in Christ’s death, burial and resurrection
        • In Christ ALONE we are filled and completed
            • We must be rooted in Christ
            • Our foundation is Jesus Christ, the solid rock
Colossians 2:16-17 ESV  
Legalism Discussion
The gravest error is when our actions add or contribute something to our salvation
Grace plus works, Faith plus works
Another error – restricting or forbidding things God has not
Banning church members from going to the movies
S Lewis Johnson – 2 toned shoes
Restricting the wear of makeup
Requiring women to wear dresses (great but not required)
Paul touches on women’s appearance 1 Timothy 2:9-10
Paul’s main point is “modesty and self-control”
African jungle church wearing a suit and tie
NYC in a loin cloth
Church banned alcohol
RESOLVED, That the messengers to the Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Greensboro, North Carolina, June 13-14, 2006, express our total opposition to the manufacturing, advertising, distributing, and consuming of alcoholic beverages…
      • Liberty??? Abuses, maybe we should ban sex???
Luther made sure his stein was full before he prepared sermons and lectures. Luther viewed reformation as both a process and a promise that was totally accomplished by God. He used to say that God reformed the church, while he, drank Wittenburg beer. Calvin wrote that when he was traveling he could not wait to taste each local towns brew.  HOWEVER, Calvin and Luther both saw drunkenness as evil.
      • We have ruminants of the Pagan influences
          1. The Bible calls Sunday the Lords Day
              • Sunday is worship of the sun, Mon, worship of the moon…
              • Disqualified for calling the Lord’s Day, Sunday?
      • Why did Paul write about “food and drink”
      • Food – HUGE Obstacle
          • Jews were only allowed to eat certain foods.  (unclean)
          • Jews could not eat or fellowship with Gentiles (unclean)
Acts 10:13-15 ESV  
      • All kinds of animals
      • Yes, this is about God cleansing the Gentiles
          • Also, about Peter’s cleanness for eating
      • Why did God give them strict diet laws?
          • To set his people apart from the nations
Leviticus 20:25-26 ESV  
      • However, NOW Jew and Gentile come together in Christ
          • The food laws were a type or a shadow of things to come
          • It is now legal for a Jew to eat with the Gentile
          • In Christ we have union with each other, Liberty in Christ
Shadow – food restrictions for holiness
Substance – Christ for holiness
      • Shadow projects the outline of something
          • Do you want the shadow of your spouse or your spouse?
      • Is the Sabbath moral and followed in the SAME way as in the OT
          • There are disagreements today between CHRISTIANS
          • Come down VERY lightly
          • Shared the pulpit with those who disagree
          • Heard preachers condemn those holding opposing views
    • Calvin & Luther seemed to believe = type, shadow, fulfilled in Christ
        1. Good to have a day for rest
        2. Good to have a day for worship
        3. Not the same as the other commandments
    • Puritans, Westminster and London Baptist = moral law
        • Required to be continued like the OT?
        • The move from Saturday to Sunday?
        • Very difficult to define how it is observed today
            • No consensus on what is lawful and what is not
      • Some argue the word Sabbaths (plural) means religious festival
          • However, Paul already mentions festival
          • Some manuscripts are plural and some are singular
      • The Sabbath is different from all the other commands
          • The priests can break this ordnance without punishment
          • It is okay to break the Sabbath to do good
          • This is not the same as thou shalt not murder
          • It’s purpose it to point to Christ
Matthew 12:3-6 ESV  
      • Verse 6, Jesus says he is greater than the temple
          • He is what the Sabbath points to
              • This is Paul’s point in Colossians, Shadow vs. Substance
              • Rest in Christ, Not our ability but Christ’s
      • This command is fulfilled in Christ and us resting in Him by faith
Hebrews 4:1-11 ESV  
      • We rest in Christ, the substance of the shadow, type
          • Moving on…
          1. If you keep the Sabbath, know it cannot add anything
          2. If you don’t keep the Sabbath, let no one pass judgement
ESV (18)  
Colossians 2:18 NKJV  
We know asceticism is – extreme self-discipline and -indulgence
      • Not drinking wine and letting everyone know it
False humility – Looking the part, the way one dresses or carries oneself
Luke 20:46 ESV  “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts,
ClarkFalse humility The meaning is, that they would not announce their opinions with dogmatic certainty, but they would put on the appearance of great modesty. In this way, they would become really more dangerous – for no false teachers are so dangerous as those who assume the aspect of great humility, and who manifest great reverence for divine things.
      • Looks like a person who has it all together but does not
      • Striving for the outward appearance is really pride
          • God hates the prideful
          • The all appearing loving husband who cheats
      • Gnosticism and mysticism
      • We know we are not to worship anyone or anything but God
      • Angel worship is strictly forbidden
          • But these people have seen a vision
          • They had a dream
      • I’ve heard many visions (from people who seem very close to God)
          • 6 years ago, the struggles with starting this church
              • Vision – God told me, you should not go forward
              • Respect and admiration
              • External pressures were enormous
      • The main point is this section is Christ
          • Not what you eat, what you drink, what days you observe or don’t
          • This is why Paul says we are filled in Christ
          • Christ is what we need
          • Not visions, not angels, but Christ
Romans 7
      • The law is only binding on a person who still lives
      • Once the person is dead, his widow can re-marry
      • While we were alive our sinful passions were aroused by the law
      • This caused us to want to break the law more and more
          • When it said, don’t touch, we wanted to touch
          • When it said, don’t taste we wanted to taste
      • When we realize we are dead in this world
          • Alive in Christ
          • We are free
          • We will submit and follow Christ
We want the rituals
          • We like the shadows and types
              • A priest today???
              • Very appealing to many
              • They miss the substance
                  • Jesus is our priest, He intercedes for us
          • If we crawl these steps on our knees…
          • If we abstain from certain foods
          • If we abstain from drink or working
              • We will be pleasing to God
      • If we are justified by some of the law, we must measure up to all of it
(23)  …
      • Stop looking at the problem and look towards Christ
      • The serpents are biting your heels with a poisonous venom
          • Look down and die
          • Look to Christ and live
          • Christ is the substance
They had the shadow we have the substance

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