I’m sure you have had the experience of seeing a shadow of a person before you actually see them; they could be coming round a wall or something and you may see the shadow before you see the actual body of the person.
When the person comes into full view I am sure you relate to them and speak to them rather than try and form a relationship with the shadow.
If you talked to the shadow instead of the real person you would be considered very silly.
And I think the same when I see someone insisting on trying to live under the old covenant (or law) instead of the new covenant (or grace).
Paul tells the Colossians that the law or the old covenant is a shadow of things to come, actually a shadow of Jesus heralding in the new covenant.
Paul lists a number of elements of the old covenant in Colossians 2 v 16; he talks about the Sabbath and meat and drink permitted for example.
My belief is that he is not talking about just the items listed; he is talking about the old covenant or law.
He is saying the old is not the real deal, it is just a type or shadow indicating the perfection that is to come.
The shadow points to the real body and the old covenant and the law points to Jesus and the new covenant.
The new covenant or second covenant was heralded in by Jesus to replace the old or first (Hebrews 10 v 9).
Jesus was, and is, the real deal; He is no shadow of anything to come.
Jesus is the perfect standard of God and He has ushered in the new covenant so that we do not have to fulfil the old.
Through Him we have been reconciled, forgiven and as a gift of grace through faith been made righteous.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord for the finished work of Jesus Christ and thank you for the new covenant”.
Colossians 2 v 16 and 17…..Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days: Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ