author=RB link=topic=105134.msg1055153269#msg1055153269 date=1576932139]
The Old Testament laws were just figurative pictures of our coming reality in Christ. We have a relative pronoun “which,” but we need to ask which nouns “which” references. The Sabbath days just mentioned are a plural noun, but "so are" the five subjects listed together. It cannot be more clearly stated that the Ceremonial aspects of the Law were shadows of the reality in Christ (Hebrews 8:5; 9:1-12; 10:1). The relative pronoun surely includes the last in the list, but it also includes the others as well.
The body is of Christ~ our organization, or organism~is the church of the New Testament! Old Testament saints only had the shadows, and they were of things to come after their death. NT saints have the reality, and that reality is here now! We are incredibly blessed (Matthew 13:16-17).
A body creates a shadow, but we are the body; the Old Testament saints were the shadow. How did sabbaths shadow Christ? By the rest of His finished work (John 19:30; Hebrews 4:1-11).
The OT Saints were not a Shadow Red, they were "Examples" of the consequences of the choices men make. I know this, not because some "great Theologian" of the religions of the world tell me, but because the Bible teaches it. However, there is not even one scripture in the entire Bible which states that the "Saints" like Abel and Abraham are shadows of things to come. This is just Biblical Fact.
Heb. 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses
, let us lay aside
every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us
, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith
; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin
The Old Testament was written for our admonition. The things that happened to the folks therein, happened to them for examples, so we may learn not to lust after the things they lusted after, and choose to follow the examples of those who Loved God and kept His Commandments like "EVERY Example of Faith in the Bible.
The Holy Days of the Christ are the Shadows of things to come. Passover, a shadow of the Lamb of God being offered for our transgressions. First Day of Unleavened bread, a shadow of the "race" that is set before us and the journey to "lay aside the sin that so easily besets us. Pentecost, a shadow of the "gathering together" of the "first fruits" taken out of our habitation. A shadow of the New Testament church age still in progress. Feasts of Trumpets is a shadow of the second coming of the Christ to take over the thrones of the earth and His rule over all nations. (Has not happened yet) Day of Atonement is a shadow of the "putting away" of satan after the Christ's second coming. An occasion when the sins of the world will be placed where they belong. Feast of Tabernacles is a shadow of the 1000 year reign under the rule of Christ and the reborn children of God. Last Great Day, the last day of Tabernacles, is a shadow of the Great Throne Judgment where those who died in ignorance will get their just trial to salvation.
God's Holy Sabbath is the "shadow" of the rest at the end of our Journey, the result of Feast of Unleavened bread which begins and ends with a Sabbath. The "reward of our voluntary humility", the result of "pressing toward the High Calling of Christ", the result at the end of the "Race that is set before us", so that our "Labor may not be in vain".
These "shadows" of things to come, spell out God's Salvation plan for His People. It begins with Passover, it doesn't end there as "many" of the prophesied deceivers preach. Many of these "shadows" have not yet come to fruition.
Paul said to "study" these Holy Scriptures "which are able to make thee wise unto salvation
through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
The Jews had corrupted these "shadows" and were teaching for doctrines the Commandments of Men. They had lost sight of what these Shadows were to show the people and had created their own Laws contrary to them, which was "against them".
But as Prophesied, the Christ, the "Restorer of Paths to walk in", came and made a show of them and their religion openly by rejecting their religion with is doctrines and traditions of men, and walking in the "good works" that He foreordained that we all, Jew and Gentile, should walk in them. And God raised Him from the dead for walking in them.
Without following Paul's instruction regarding the Holy scriptures, you can not be wise unto Salvation which is by faith in Christ because it is the very Christ which created this Salvation. The Holy Convocations are the Christ's Holy Convocations. To reject them, is to reject the Christ Himself.
The Christ's job as a human is finished, but not His Job as High Priest, it has just begun. There are many prophesies yet to be fulfilled. The Sabbath Rest that His weekly Sabbath foreshadows has yet to be fulfilled.
As the Scriptures teach; Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest
, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
Your religion rejects these truths as did the Pharisees before you, and you, like them, have created your own religion in which the Christ's definition of Holy and Clean has been rejected, and replace by your own.
You are not in a race, Jesus already ran and won the race for you. You are not pressing toward the mark of the High calling of Christ, He has already made you immortal and perfect in your own eyes.
You don't "Labor" to resist sin, Jesus removed the Law, so for you there is no more sin.
You don't Glorify God "AS GOD", because you preach to the world that the Christ's Feasts, and ancient Pagan high days of worldly religions, are the same. That God's instructions and definition of Holy is no different than Pharaoh's declarations. Paul explains why you are so confused.
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God
, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened
. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
Now you are free to preach as you please. But I am obliged to point out where your religion and the Word's of God part ways. The path you preach, that is followed by "many" who come in His Name, is not the Path Jesus walked.
Even you must surely know this.
Just as the Pharisees who claimed to follow the Law of Moses, were not following the Law of Moses.
This is why Paul said "Let us therefore, Keep the Feast". And why he warned;
8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men
, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
And is also why he told the children of obedience;
16 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:
17 Which are a shadow of things to come
; but the body is of Christ.
Your religious traditions like xmas, Halloween, sunday worship, the images of God in the likeness of men, Lent, these are "Shadows of Nothing", Traditions of men, Rudiments of the world, and vain deceit. These are pollutions of the religions of the world.
I used to do service to the god of these traditions, which by nature was no god, before I knew the true God, or was known of God.
But now that I know God, or are known of God, why would I turn again to these Beggarly Elements of the world to be ensnared again in bondage to them?
In Colossians 2:18 Paul warns the third time against beguiling teachers who do not know what they preach. See and consider 1st Timothy 1:5-9. He has already warned of this grave danger twice before in just this single chapter (2:1,4,8).
Paul is warning about you Red. You are the one who preaches the Statutes and Commandments of God are "against us", and Rudiments of the World, "Vain Deceit" and now you suggest they are "fables and endless genealogies".
All this because you have been convinced that the God of Abraham created Laws so egregious, so burdensome, that it is impossible for a man to go even one day without transgressing them, then this same God slaughtered men for transgressing these Laws He made impossible to obey. So His Son had to come are rid the world of all these "burdensome Laws" that you preach are "against us" and Save us from His unjust, unfair, mean, tyrant of a God by removing His Laws.
Armed with this delusion, every scripture you read is infected. Every time the word "burden" comes up, you preach it is God's Commandments, every time "Yoke" comes up, God's Commandments, "rudiments of the Word, God's Commandments, "hand writing of ordinances that are against us", God's Commandments. You hate Him so much that now you even preach to the world that there isn't any difference between the Christ's Definition of Holy and Clean, and the declarations of Mithras or Pharaoh.
I know this will just bounce off you because Jesus said you will not be persuaded.
And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
But God's Word does not return void, so I still have hope that your zeal for God will translate into you "Examining yourself".
What is our reward, or benefit? Knowing our salvation is complete in Christ Jesus (2:10-15). What is our reward? Hope of salvation in Christ (Colossians 3:24; Romans 4:4; Hebrews 10:35; 11:26; 2nd John 1:8).
Our reward, our gift from our Savior is Eternal Life with Him in Paradise. Which we will see "IF We continue in HIS GOODNESS", other wise we also, like those who transgressed God's Commandments by their own religious traditions before us, will be cut off.
Therefore, let no man judge you in respect of the Christ's Feasts or Sabbaths which are a shadow of His Salvation which we wait for.
Rom. 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning
, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope
False teachers pretend humility. Consider the effeminate, self-deprecating priests and nuns of Rome, whose arrogance against God is measured by countless heresies contrary to Scripture. False teachers introduce alternative worship. Consider the worship of saints of the Catholics. They and others like them make a fine show of humility, but they don’t have a problem stealing worship from JESUS CHRIST. They are not reluctant to elaborate on things they know nothing about but by God’s revelation. Catholics teach Mary’s immaculate conception, her perpetual virginity, and her assumption. Are we picking on Catholics? No! They just fit these verses far better than most other heretics. A little education does a lot for men~it can vainly puff up his fleshly mind to think he is wise and that his ways are better than the word of God. Some promote the worship of angels on the grounds they are too humble to go directly to God. More on this toward the end of this chapter.
I might remind you that xmas, sunday worship, everyone is immortal, no more unclean, good friday, easter, the image of Gog in the likeness of some handsome men's hair shampoo model, these are all Catholic creations that you follow and preach as Law.
Rom. 2:1 Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.
Luke 13:1 There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
Someone has to stand up and point these religious doctrines and traditions of the religions of the land out Red. You don't have to follow them, you too, can deny yourself and follow Him, if you can bear the cost.