The Power of Grace Ministries

April 3

The religion of Christianity judges the actions of a man, whereas a relationship with Christ is to have a spiritual connection with Jesus. 

Colossians 2:16-a
“16 a So let no one judge you in food or in drink, b or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, 

In Paul’s day the Jews had authority under the Law of Moses to judge people for their food. In fact there is provision to kill a person who openly chooses to break the Law of Moses. For Paul to make such a statement was a huge slap in the face to the Pharisee’s, but is the truth because Jesus blotted out the handwritten requirements held against us, Colossians 2:14. The statement made of freedom of choice for food and not to let people judge you is bigger than just being able to eat what you want. In Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 are the descriptions of eatable meat from animals. This was primarily a means of distinction between the Jews and the rest of the world, a form of being separated or consecrated to God. It is also a healthier choice of meat even today. But today those who are in Christ Jesus (Galatians 4:4-6), are separated unto God as His children and not because of what they eat. 

The only real written word against any type of drink is for the Nazarene who cannot drink anything made from the grape “wine” (Numbers 6), and blood in Leviticus 17:10-14. There is no law in the Old Testament against the drinking of wine, but in Luke 7:34 the Pharisees accused Jesus of being a wine bibber. A wine bibber is simply a person who sips on wine. There is nothing written in God’s word against drinking wine, but man has made it a huge stumbling block primarily because of the way people become controlled by the wine itself or any drink. In Romans 14:21 Paul says he will not drink it if it causes his spiritually weaker brother to stumble, but tells Timothy in 1 Timothy 5:23 to drink a little wine for his stomach’s sake. We are told to not be drunk with wine, Ephesians 5:18. In 1Timothy 3:3 and Titus 1:7 Paul tells Bishops, and Deacons in 1Timothy 3:8, to not be “given to wine”. Biblically speaking to be “given” to something is to be controlled or owned by it and to have a compulsion to always have it. Bottom line, to drink wine is not a sin and even if it were Jesus died for our sins.  However, if a person always has to have a few drinks on a daily basis or to drink to intoxication is to give oneself over to the drink. Christians are to take captive every thought that rises up against us and to renew our minds daily. Remember that by adding something into your system that causes you to loosen or even lose your faculties, also allows your mind and emotions to take control over you instead of you exercising control over them. Alcohol taken in excess or in consistency can open a person up for other problems and possible heartache. Godly wisdom is to not drink, but if you have a drink do so with reasonable limits on consumption. This is not to be Godly, but for your own protection. Remembering that to “be drunk” which for today would also include “be high on drugs” displeases God. 

Jesus paid for our freedom and ability to come boldly into the presence of God, Hebrews 4:16. Paul wants us to know that there is no condemnation for our food or drink and that the requirements from the Law have been nailed to the cross. This includes festivals, new moons, and Sabbaths. None of these events have anything to do with Godliness and when they did have some importance they were simply types and shadows from the Old Testament of things to come. Observation of any specific day does not make you closer to God in His eyes; however, it can either adversely affect, or increase the awareness of God in your life. When we celebrate Christmas, Christians are mindful of the birth of our Lord Jesus. We celebrate Easter in remembrance of His triumphant resurrection. On the contrary to celebrate Halloween for what it stands for other than an opportunity of possible Christian outreach to the lost is to give glory to a defeated foe; why would a Christian want to do that? To make an effort to observe a specific day as a Sabbath day and hold people accountable to that day is to put them back under the law. In Galatians 4:8-11 Paul questions why the Galatians, after having known the truth, would put themselves under such weak and beggarly elements; which is to go back under bondage by observing days, months, seasons, and years? I wonder has a Seventh Day Adventist ever read Colossians 2:14-17; if so there must be a veil of deception still over their eyes.