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Does Paul Say The Sabbath was Nailed To The Cross?

Let us read Colossians 2:14, 16,17: “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross…..Let no man therefore judge you in meat or in drink, or in respect of an holy day or of  the new  moon, or of the sabbath days: which are a shadow of things to come, but the body is of Christ.”

This could not possibly refer to the weekly Sabbath of the fourth commandment for the following reasons that will be clear to all:

The commandments here are not the Ten Commandments, else Christ would have destroyed the very foundation of God’s government.  ” Think not that I am come to destroy the law,” He said. Matthew 5:17.

It was the “handwriting of ordinances” that was nailed to the cross; that is the ceremonial law, with its bloody sacrifices and its multiplied yearly sabbath days. (Leviticus 23.)

These “ordinances” were “against us, ….contrary to us.” But the weekly Sabbath is not so. God blessed it, and pronounced a blessing on all men who keep it. (Genesis 2:1-3; Isaiah 56:1-7.) To such the Sabbath would be a “delight,” not a yoke of bondage. (Isaiah 58:13,14.)

The ceremonial system with its blood, meat, drink offerings, and special yearly holy days was a “shadow of things to come”; that is, of the “body of Christ,” who in the flesh died for us.

This ceremonial system developed after Adam sinned. The weekly Sabbath was made before sin. It was for “man,” for all time.

Dr. Adam Clarke, the Methodist commentator, in his notes on Colossians 2:14-17, says: ” The apostle speaks here in reference to some particulars of the handwriting of ordinances, which had been taken away, viz., the distinction of meats and drinks, what was clean and what was unclean, according to the law; and the necessity of observing  certain holydays or festivals, such as the new moons an particular sabbaths….. There is no intimation here that the Sabbath was done away, or that its moral use was superseded, by the introduction of Christianity.”

Dr. Albert Barnes, Presbyterian, writes: ” The use of the term in the plural number [sabbaths], and the connection, show that he [Paul] has his eye on the great number of days which were observed by the Hebrews as festivals, as a part of their ceremonial and typical laws, and not to the moral law, or the ten commandments. No part of the moral law –no one of the ten commandment could be spoken of as ‘a shadow of good things to come.’ ” – Notes, Explanatory and Practical, on the Epistle of Paul to the Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians (1851 ed.) p.307.

All informed students should agree with these correct statements.

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