It’s been a while since the last post in this series. Actually, it’s been about seven weeks. Sorry for the delay. I guess summer got in the way.
In our last post, we examined Colossians 2:16:
Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath.
The topic of “judgment” is definitely a big deal nowadays, so the key to understanding this passage is to understand the context of this particular verse. To help you gain this perspective, I’ll point you back to the last post, “Don’t Judge Me, Bro“. To summarize, I’ll re-post this paragraph:
Here, when Paul says “don’t let them judge you,” what He is doing is pointing the audience back to the cross of Jesus Christ. He’s reminded them he wants them to be mature in Christ. He’s told them that others will try to delude with plausible arguments. But he says that instead of falling prey to the judgment of others, Christians — us, we — should simply abide with Christ and walk with Him in the way we received Him.
Paul’s goal for the audience of this letter — then and now — is for them to be mature in Jesus Christ (v. 1:28). Being “mature” in Christ obviously means having a clear understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ. And when others try to make us feel guilty and pull and tug us back into “religious activities,” we need a firm and clear understanding of this gospel to aid our walk with Jesus.
In the last few verses of Colossians 2, the Apostle Paul will deliver a strong message against “self-made religion.” This is a message I need to hear over and over again. Lord willing, we’ll take a look at these verses in the coming weeks.
“Monday Colossians” is a weekly Bible study series from the book of Colossians. All Bible quotations are taken from the English Standard Version (ESV) Bible translation. You can read all of the posts in this series by clicking here.