Re:Verse passage – Colossians 2:16-23 (day two) Things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ. v. 17
Stop me if you heard this response before: Oh, you’re a Baptist. You mean you don’t drink or dance?
Paul, like Peter and his vision in Acts, was dealing with both ceremonial laws that no longer held the same meaning since Jesus atonement, and to the customs of other cultures. We have clear lines of right and wrong, but they only carry a substance of what is to come. We need to be focused on what defines us as believers.
Wouldn’t you rather people say: Oh, you’re a Baptist! You have the greatest mission organization in the world. You guys have the highest regard for scripture than anyone. It is amazing how you have responded to Jesus’ call to love your neighbor.
Let our zeal for Jesus and love for his people be so great it will be what we are known for.