Does Colossians 2:14-17 say the Sabbath has been abolished?
Posted by Truthseeker | On 12 Feb 2019 10:49 AM
“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; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. 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.” Colossians 2:14-17
A certain law of ordinances was nailed to the cross. This was the ceremonial law of types and
shadows that pointed forward to the death of Jesus and that had no further meaning beyond the
cross. This is why Paul said it was contrary to the Christian. The rent veil in the temple at the
death of Christ (Matthew 27:51) indicated the end of that ordinance of animal sacrifices, and
Ephesians 2:15 says that Jesus “abolished … the law of commandments contained in ordinances.”
This is why Paul wrote in Colossians 2:16,17 that we are no longer judged by the meat offerings,
drink offerings, and sabbath days “which are a shadow of things to come.” Take note that these
are yearly and not the weekly Sabbath of the moral law. These shadowy sabbaths are described in
Leviticus 23:24-37. They fell on certain set days of the month—a different day of the week each
year, yet they were called sabbaths. But please observe in verses 37 and 38 how they were
distinguished from the weekly Sabbath: “These are the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim
to be holy convocations, to offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord, a burnt offering, and a
meat offering, a sacrifice and drink offerings, every thing upon his day, beside the sabbaths of the
Now the mystery of Colossians 2:16 is completely cleared up. The law of the yearly sabbaths, with
all its meat and drink offerings, was nailed to the cross, but the great Ten Commandment law with
its weekly Sabbath was not affected by that “blotting out” of ordinances.
Taken from Answers to Difficult Bible Texts
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