These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, pious self-denial, and severe bodily discipline. But they provide no help in conquering a person’s evil desires.Colossians 2:23
Freedom From the Law
The rules this verse refers to is from Colossians 2:22. They are the rules that man devises: made-up rules. The Pharisees hated Jesus because they did not think he followed their rules and claimed to be someone they did not believe him to be. They were very strict with their rules and did not allow for any grace which made faith very difficult.
However, Jesus came to free man from the law and offer salvation from sins. The law was never meant to be a strict list of rules with no grace, but instead to show man the need for a Savior. That is why there is freedom in Christ. Some Christians and church people have taken the law even further and added their own rules for how to live. This is why some nonbelievers do not want anything to do with church- it can seem like a list of rules. As believers, we must show others the freedom of Christ and live in such a way that points others to Him.
A Prayer to Remember
Thank you for your grace and forgiveness. Thank you for giving me the law so I know how much I need you. Amen.