One of the problems confronting churches today is the intermixing of Judaism and Christianity. We are now in New Testament days. Hence, Paul made the following statement to the Colossians: “And you, being dead through your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, you, I say, did he make alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses; having blotted out the bond written in ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us: and he hath taken it out of the way, nailing it to the cross; having despoiled the principalities and the powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it” (Col 2:13-15).
Paul said that the bond written in ordinances that was against us has been taken out of the way, and nailed to the cross of Christ. He was speaking of the Law of Moses, or the old covenant when he referred to ‘Ordinances’. As Paul addressed the brethren at Galatia, he taught precisely how the Law of Moses was against us. A lot of the people of Galatia, as are many people today, were trying to put themselves back under the Law of Moses.Paul taught them the impossibility of this by telling them that to go back under the Law of Moses, they would have to give up Christ, and he also declared to them that the Law was but a curse to them. He said, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us; for it is written, Cursed is everyone that hangs on a tree” (Gal. 3:13). Having been redeemed from the curse of the Law, are we so foolish as to want to go back under it?
Why was the Law of Moses a curse? Fortunately, Paul went into detail to tell us why the law was a curse to man. In Gal. 3:10, he said,“For as many as are of the works of the law are under a curse: for it is written, Cursed is everyone who continues not in all things that are written in the book of the law, to do them.” The Law was a curse to man because the very moment one failed to observe a single commandment of the Law, he was condemned. In discussing this very problem, Paul, to the Roman brethren, said, “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Rom. 3:23). He said that all, both Jew and Gentile, had failed to live up to the rigid requirements of the Old Testament Law. In the passage in Gal. 3:10, he said that “cursed is everyone who continues not in all things that are written in the book of the law, to do them.” So the Law shut them up under sin, as Paul said to the Galatian brethren in Gal. 3:22. It could only condemn them.
So when Paul comes to speak of the Law of Moses to the Colossian church, he called it the “bond written in ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us.” This is but another way of saying that the Law was a curse to us. It condemned them. All were guilty of some infraction of the Law. But under the Law, there was no provision made for the forgiveness of sins. In Heb. 10 Paul said, “For the law having a shadow of the good things to come, not the very image of the things, can never with the same sacrifices year by year, which they offer continually, make perfect them that draw nigh.” He was saying they cannot be forgiven under the Law. Why? “But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance made of sins year by year. For it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goats should take away sin.” So when one violated the Law of Moses he was condemned, the blood of animals not being able to take away his sin, and thus he was under a curse.
Paul said, “And you, being dead through your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, you, I say, did he make alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses; having blotted out the bond written in ordinances, that was against us, which was contrary to us, and hath taken it out of the way, nailing it to the cross” (Col. 2:13, 14). Already, having established that he was referring to the Law of Moses, what did Paul say about it? He said it was blotted out. It was nailed to the cross.
Paul also said, “But now in Christ Jesus you that once were far off are made nigh in the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who made both one, and brake down the middle wall of partition, having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; that he might create in himself of the two one new man, so making peace; and might reconcile them both in one body unto God through the cross, having slain the enmity thereby” (Eph. 2:13-16).
After Paul had made it clear that the Law was done away, he then exhorted the Colossians that they beware of those that would bind portions of Judaism upon them: “Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a feast day, or a new moon, or a Sabbath day: which are a shadow of the things to come; but the body is Christ’s.” Even though these brethren had been taught that the Law of Moses was nailed to the cross of Christ, yet there were some that were bent on binding upon others the precepts of the Law. So Paul exhorted these brethren that they not permit any to come in and bind on them portions of a law that had been taken out of the way.
Many people today who meet on the first day of the week refer to Sunday as the Sabbath day, but this is to misuse the word “Sabbath.”The “Sabbath” refers to Saturday, the seventh day. Yet there are one or more religious denominations that maintain that we should keep the Sabbath day now.
Conclusion: Unless someone can prove that Jesus magically came back to earth and restored the Law of Moses, the Law ended with the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. Therefore, it is wrong for anyone to attempt to bind the Law of Moses or any of its contents, which Jesus did not continue in His law, upon Christians. Those who teach or who abide by the Law of Moses have fallen from grace (Gal 5:4).
The majority of the religious denominations go back to the Old Testament for their authority for at least one part of their worship. Instrumental music, tithing, and women leaders and preachers are among these. This they do to fill pews and their pockets with your money. Remember, that it was this Old Law that was nailed to our Savior’s cross. Laws are a master for they are used to govern man. Jesus verily said, “No man can serve two masters” (Mt6:24). The law of Christ governs man today and all shall be judged by it come the Day of Judgment (Jn 12:48 f; Rom 2:16). We should daily thank God that we no longer live under the curse of the Law, and thank God we are allowed to participate in the blessings of Christ.