Let no man therefore judge you. There was no distinction of meats and drinks before the law, but all sorts of herbs and animals, without limitation, were given to be food for men; by the ceremonial law a difference was made between them, some were allowed, and others were forbidden; which law stood only in meats and drinks, and such like things, but is now abolished; for the kingdom of God, or the Gospel dispensation, does not lie in the observance of such outward things, but in internal ones, in righteousness and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost; it is not any thing that goes into the man that defiles, nor is anything in its own nature common or unclean, but every creature of God is good, so be it, it be used in moderation and with thankfulness: or in respect of an holyday; or feast, such as the feast of the passover, the feast of tabernacles, and the feast of Pentecost; which were three grand festivals, at which all the Jewish males were obliged to appear before the Lord; but were never binding upon the Gentiles, and were what the Christians under the Gospel dispensation had nothing to do with, and even believing Jews were freed from them, as having had their accomplishment in Christ; and therefore were not to be imposed upon them, or they condemned for the neglect of them. We are part of a new creation in Christ, which has been delivered from the curse of the Law. Under the old creation, we were dead in sin and under the curse of the Law, but as part of the new creation in Christ we have been freed from its restrictions, rules, regulations and rituals. The meaning is, “in the part, or the particular of a holy day; that is, in respect to it” The word rendered “holy-day” - εορτὴ heorte - means properly a “feast” or “festival;” and the allusion here is to the festivals of the Jews. they must not be intimidated by angel worshippers, who are puffed up by fleshly conceit, and only loosely hold the head, from whom the body draws all its supply. He disavowed legalism, which enslaves believers to religious rules and legalistic regulations, by placing us back under the curse of the Law, and enslaving believers to the law of sin and death. And He exhorted us to live in Him, and not to be sidelined by false teachings, heretical doctrines or an incorrect interpretation of Scripture. The phrase (en merei) , which we render "in respect", has greatly puzzled interpreters; some reading it "in part of a feast"; or holyday; as if the sense was, that no man should judge or condemn them, for not observing some part of a festival, since they were not obliged to observe any at all: others "in the partition", or "division of a feast"; that is, in the several distinct feasts, as they come in their turns: some F3 think the apostle respects the Misna, or oral law of the Jews, in which are several treatises concerning a good day, or an holyday, the beginning of the new year, and the sabbath, which treatises are divided into sections or chapters; and that it is one of these sections or chapters, containing rules about these things, that is here regarded; and then the sense is, let no man judge you or condemn you, for your non-observance of feast days, new moons, and sabbaths, by any part, chapter, or section, of (bwj Mwy) , or by anything out of the treatise "concerning a feast day"; or by any part, chapter, or section, of (hnvh var) , the treatise "concerning the beginning of the year"; or by any part, chapter, or section, of (tbv) , the treatise "concerning the sabbath"; and if these treatises are referred to, it proves the antiquity of the Misna. Salem Media Group. (2) Other people were judging (criticizing in a condemning manner) these Church members for their joyous eating and drinking, which is part of the observance of Gods commanded assemblies. They … Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. Colossians 2:16 - Or in respect of a holy day - Margin, part. This means the upcoming thoughts are the result of his prior statements. All rights reserved. God was satisfied with Christ's sacrifice for sin, and because we are in HIM.. God is satisfied with us as well! We are to live as Christ lived and to love as Christ loved - for love is the fulfillment of the law. Colossians 2:16. or of the new moon; which the Jews were obliged to observe, by attending religious worship, and offering sacrifices; see ( Numbers 28:11 ) ( 2 Kings 4:23 ) . Colossians 2:16. This verse has to be one of the most abused and misunderstood verses in relation to the law of God. He wanted to get across that we are no longer bound by law, but are under grace - and Paul spent many verses outlining who we are in Christ and the privileges we have in Him. Thank You, in Jesus name, AMEN. Here, Paul has come to the conclusion that we should: not let any man judge us in meat, or in drink - and let no man judge you in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon - or of the Sabbath days. There are people who believe that Colossians 2:16-17 warns against thinking that some Old Testament laws apply to Christians. Paul's desire was to get across that we are no longer a member of the first, fallen creation, which was placed under a curse by sin, and resulted in death and condemnation. Proud member
As part of the new creation in Christ, we are no longer we slaves of our old sinful nature, nor are we bound by its restrictions. We are members of a new creation, that is not impeded by food laws, Sabbath day rules or the keeping of set feasts days. We will see that this conclusion takes what Paul says out of context, literally reversing his intended meaning. Having been freed from the restrictions of the Law, through faith in Christ, Paul's earnest desire was to instill in us the higher life that we have in Him. [⇑ See verse text ⇑] Paul starts this new passage off with the word "therefore." Not only does it remove the … Let no man therefore judge you Since they were complete in Christ, had everything in him, were circumcised in him; and particularly since the handwriting of the law was blotted out, and torn to pieces through the nails of the cross of Christ, the apostle's conclusion is, that they should be judged by no man; they should not regard or submit to any man's judgment, as to the observance of the ceremonial law: Christ is the prophet who was to be raised up like unto Moses, and who only, and not Moses, is to be heard; saints are to call no man master upon earth but him; they are not to be the servants of men, nor should suffer any yoke of bondage to be imposed upon them; and should they be suffered and condemned by others, as if they were transgressors of the law, and their state bad, for not observing the rituals of the former dispensation, they should not regard such censures, for the judaizing Christians were very censorious, they were ready to look upon and condemn a man as an immoral man, as in a state of damnation, if he did not keep the law of Moses; but such rigid censures were to be disregarded, "let no man judge", or "condemn you"; and though they could not help or hinder the judgment and condemnation of men, yet they could despise them, and not be uneasy with them, but set light by them, as they ought to do.