"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: Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,"
(Colossians 2:16, 18 KJV)
We need to realize that legalism is still a threat to our freedom in Jesus Christ. It tries to make us follow rules that we no longer need because we have Jesus, who has taken away our sins. And if we follow rules are we getting closer to Jesus or further away? So Paul says, we Christians must not allow men to judge us according to their manmade ritual rules, so that we take their opinions to heart and change our lives to abide by their rules. Why should we even consider such legalism?
Looking at Colossians 2:9-10: “For in him (Jesus Christ) dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: (KJV). If we are complete in Jesus Christ, who took all our sins upon Himself, then why do we need to go back to something that didn't work, like legalism? We don't and Paul says we shouldn't.
These warnings remind us of the importance of our commitment to biblical worship and biblical Christianity. When we stray from the Word, which is one of the ways by which Our Awesome God directs His people, we stray into dangerous ground. If you are a Christian, there is a special blessing for you and you can ask Him what He wants you to do. But for those who don't know Jesus Christ and the Holy Bible, understand that you must come to Christ because there is no removal of sins unless you allow Christ to do it. Jesus Christ does the judging and the mediating. No amount of following rules will save you!
Stay away from other people's rules and read your Holy Bible, especially around what Jesus Christ said, does it agree with your rules? Then read the Old Testament as Our Awesome God gives us the Ten Commandments and shows us why we need a savior. Attend His church that preaches and teaches that Jesus Christ died for you, taking your sins upon Himself and arose the third day to sit by God, interceding for you when you sin. God loves you!
Join us at LWBC as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard to tell everyone about Jesus Christ and His salvation. We start with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. Our programs include Bible Study groups along with AWANA for children on Sunday evening at 6:00 PM lasting until 7:30 PM. Wednesday at 7:00 PM is Prayer Requests and Bible Study.
Flo & Bill