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Colossians 2:20



You may encounter someone claiming Paul at Colossians 2:20 rebukes those people who were still keeping the Law of YHWH.

Here is the text they may show you out of context and tell you such a thing;

Paul;
Colossians 2:20 "If with Messiah you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to ordinances"





Paul is not rebuking and asking people here why they are submitting to the Law of YHWH.
 Paul is correcting those people who are following commandments of men, not the commandments of YHWH!
 The very people who share this to destroy the Law are also following commandments of men!

The Law is not of the World, it's not kept from a worldly spirit!
 In the Greek, the word they translated over to "ordinances" in Colossians 2:20 is used in the Bible to refer to commandments of men and not the commandments of YHWH.


Surely logic should tell you that it doesn't make sense to think Paul is rebuking people for loving YHWH, for loving their neighbor, for not murdering, for not worshiping idols, for not burning their children alive, for not raping another man's wife, etc...

Those of the satan are the ones who have a problem with you keeping the commandments of Elohim.

1 John 3:4 "Whoever commits sin breaks also the Law, for sin is the breaking of the Law"

1 John 3:8 "He who commits sin is of the satan for the satan sinned from the beginning"


So, unless Paul is working for the satan, the false teachers need to rethink how they understand this verse.






When we read the surrounding text to gain the context of his words, we see Paul plainly show us that he is talking about and teaching us against false commandments of men.
 He is not teaching against the Law of YHWH!



Paul;
Colossians 2:20 "If with Messiah you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to ordinances, do not handle, do not taste, do not touch, which are the things that need to be destroyed, and are the commandments and the teachings of men"


Paul;
Colossians 2:23 "These things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in self-imposed religion, false humility, and neglect of the body, but are of no value against the indulgence of the flesh.



The things he mentions make it obvious it is not and can not be talking about the Law of YHWH.
 The Law of YHWH is not from men, and it's not false, and it IS of value against the indulgence of the flesh!

Paul;

Romans 8:6 "For to be 'of the flesh' minded is death, but to be 'spiritually' minded is life and peace because the 'of the flesh' mind is hostile against Elohim for it is not subject to the Law of Elohim nor indeed can be. Those who are in the flesh are not able to please Elohim"









In Paul's other letter at Ephesians 2:15, we see this said;
"the law of commandments contained in ordinances"

The word they are translating to ordinances at both Ephesians 2:15 and Colossians 2:20 is the Greek word dogmasin(dogma).

Dogma when used in the new testament is usually referring to commandments coming from men, not the commandments of YHWH.

That is the context of Ephesians 2:15, and also the context of Colossians 2:20.  
 Commandments of men are being referred to.


Translators are able to hide some context from us and make it a little harder to pick up on what is being said if we don't check the Greek.


As I showed you, Paul did plainly mention he is indeed talking about commandments of men.


Paul;
Colossians 2:20 "If with Messiah you died to the elemental spirits of the world, why, as if you were still alive in the world, do you submit to ordinances, do not handle, do not taste, do not touch, which are the things that need to be destroyed, and are the commandments and the teachings of men"




The Law of YHWH is not commandments of men, and teaches us against the commandments of men, and YHWH through the Bible has taught us and warned us about the commandments of men.

The Law of YHWH is not of the world, and it's not fleshly, it's spiritual, and righteous, and good.







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