Colossians 2:23 (NIV) Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility, and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.
Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.
In Colossians chapter 2, Paul has been teaching us that we are fully alive in Christ. But with that truth comes a warning that others will come and try to place legalistic boundaries and rules upon you by telling you what you can eat or drink or how you are to worship or live.
In our last podcast, Paul tells us that legalistic boundaries, you know these man-made rules that take a command from the Bible and then add all these rules and regulations on top of it, Paul says those man-made rules are destined to perish. Because when the man or group of people that created that rule pass away, so will the rule.
But Paul gives us another reason why legalistic boundaries are bad. He writes in Colossians 2 verse 23, “Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.”
So, Paul’s saying that there is nothing holy about these man-made rules. At the time of this letter, false teachers taught that the soul could be purified by harsh discipline of the body. They believed that our spirit, which is good, is trapped in our physical body, which is bad. And until you can escape it through death, you must punish the body and beat it into submission to allow the soul to thrive.
Paul calls these legalistic man-made boundaries “false humility.” In other words, you’re doing a bunch of fake stuff trying to give the appearance of holiness, but inside you know it’s all a lie. It does nothing to get to the core of the problem and that is that our flesh wants to do its own thing away from God.
So, your Simple Truth for today: Personal legalism may temporarily suppress our true impulses. But our sinful nature can only be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Have a blessed day. I’ll see you again tomorrow.