Sabbath keeping today in new covenant age

WolfgangWolfgang Posts: 3,552
edited September 3 in Bible Questions

Anyone have textual insights into the following passage:

Col 2:16–17 (NASB95)

Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day—

things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.

What does this passage teach regarding religious rituals such as the OT laws concerning food or drink or feasts or new moon or a Sabbath day ?? Are we to prescribe such rituals as keeping of a Sabbath day on us and others?

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  • C McC Mc Posts: 4,050

    Thanks again, Wolfgang, for the questions. To avoid saying too much or not enough, we need to establish an understanding of terms and background to address your questions appropriately:

    1. Do you care to provide an agreeable definition or understanding of the word "covenant"?
    2. Do you care to distinguish between the "Old Covenant" and the "New Covenant"?
      1. What are the Covenants of the Bible? Please list them.
      2. To whom were they have written, the terms, and for how long?
      3. Specifically, were they written to individuals or nations (people)?


    Please contrast the Old Covenant and the New Covenant:

    1. Parties?
    2. Length?
    3. Terms?
    4. Blessings - curses?
    5. How are they ratified?
    6. Were they temporary or permanent?
    7. Conditional or Unconditional?


    It would be helpful to know:

    1. Are there two covenants or just one that has been renewed and expanded?
    2. What are the common denominators of all covenants?


    To Get To The Heart of the Matter:

    1. The theme, the conflict, and the heresy of that day?
    2. Are you mindful that there are differences between "the Sabbath Day" and "sabbaths" and "sabbath days"? Would you mind stating what they are?
    3. Do you care to provide the background to passage of concern (Col 2:16–17 (NASB95)?
    4. What are the key festival days and their purposes?
    5. Can you distinguish between the clean and unclean foods established from creation and made clear when Noah entered the Ark before the flood?


    When these basic questions are answered, we can discuss the passage. There must be a mutual understanding of the above to avoid spiritual indigestion and flatulence.

    It's alright if you can't answer all of them. We can work on them one at a time. Your cooperation and those of others are welcome. Let's build a better understanding of the passage above. CM


  • Looks to me like the passage says not to let anyone act as your judge, so why are some people here on a forum attempting to judge what to prescribe or not prescribe for others?

    Isn't that just how humans are!

  • WolfgangWolfgang Posts: 3,552

    Looks to me like the passage says not to let anyone act as your judge,

    I agree that we should not let the judgments of others with false "prescriptions" put us down or cause us to stumble. What others do and how they act is in their jurisdiction and responsibility, how I let such false judgement effect me is my responsibility.

    so why are some people here on a forum attempting to judge what to prescribe or not prescribe for others?

    Perhaps they are unaware of this truth? perhaps they hold to false ideas of thinking it to be their responsibility to do so? perhaps something else?

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