by Jerry Vines

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Colossians 2:11-17
Jerry Vines

LifeWorks # 9

Notice the contrast which these verses make for us (16, 17). “Let no man
therefore judge you (condemn you or look down on you) in meat, or in drink, or in respect
of an holy day, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things
to come; but the body is of Christ.” A shadow of things of things to come, but the body,
the reality, the substance is of Christ.
I want to talk to you this morning about getting out of the shadows. A shadow is
a very interesting thing. A shadow is a dim outline of some object or some reality. Really
a shadow is a promise and also a preview. A shadow is a promise that something or
someone is coming. It is also a preview because the shadow gives you some idea of the
shape or form of that something or someone who is coming.
The tragedy is that when there are people who are holding on to shadows in stead
of grabbing hold of that which is real and lasting. Let me locate you where we are in these
verses of Scripture and explain to you why I’m talking about getting out of the shadows.
In the book of Colossians the first thing God does in the book is to set before us
the sufficiency of Christ. It shows us that Jesus Christ is the totally sufficient one. He is
sufficient for our salvation. He is sufficient for the daily life experiences we have. Jesus
Christ is totally, absolutely sufficient.
In contrast to that, in chapter 2, he sets before us the deficiency of cults. He
shows us that every attempt to earn or merit the favor of God or achieve heaven apart
from Jesus Christ is totally deficient.
There are four isms that we study in this second chapter. Last week we looked at
the first one. We’ll look at the second one today and then the next two. Here are the four
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