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"If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory." - Colossians 3:1-4 

 

Jul 8, 2018

Colossians 2:16-23
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...
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?

As the church was beginning in the years following the resurrection of Jesus, there were many rules that were trying to keep people from being unified in Christ. False religions grew up around Christianity trying to make the follower of Jesus slaves to the rules of their particular cult. These people were putting new rules on the people in the church and demanding that they follow their rules in order to have, not only salvation, but any kind of mystical experience with God. They demanded a strict diet and a strict form of pietism. Rules!! Rules!! Rules!! What does this mean for the church today? How are we judged, and how do we judge others based on outward appearances of spirituality when in fact, hearts and wandering minds are never changed? Join us as Paul clarifies the rules for us so that our lives and bodies will not longer be slaves to sin!