‘Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules:
‘Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!’?
These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings.
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.’
(Colossians 2 v. 20 – 23)
‘In Christ’ we are identified with and through His death and resurrection – He died our death and rose again to give us resurrection, new life.
Because He died, our old self HAS died with / in Him.
Because He lives, we have new life – life in all its fullness – here and now, and the promise of eternal life with / in Him.
None of the old rules and regulations (or any new ones, for that matter) have ANY effect upon our standing with God, our right relationship with Him.
So, let’s not get bogged down by all that – let’s life FREE, unfettered lives, – free to love Him, love self and love others completely.
My chains are gone
I’ve been set free
My God, my Saviour
has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns