Lucian, Hermot. Ex. Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". Colossians 2:17. The body is of Christ. A shadow is an intangible image of something that is real. May we live in the reality of who we are in Christ, and rejoice in the freedom that He has brought. The body, as well as the shadow, to which it is opposed, is the predicate; and therefore it may be thus resolved: meat, drink, etc., are the shadow of things to come; but the body of Christ is the body [the substantial thing], or, in other words, that which belongs to Christ is the body. Clinging to the Law, after Christ has come, is a perversion of the Law. 1897. Thank You for the wonderful way that you designed the Law, and the many Jewish rites, rituals, feasts and assignments, to be shadows of things to come, in order to point us to Christ, Who is the hope of our calling, and in Whose name we pray, AMEN, Colossians 2:17 Treasury of Scripture Knowing, The Consecration Of Spiritual Energy (part 2). The antitype is not constructed to bear a likeness to the type, but the type is constructed to bear a likeness to the antitype. In that article, he confirms—based on the Greek structure of the sentence—that the second part of the statement in Colossians 2:16–17 explains who is doing the judging. . (Bruce pp. The clause then contains the great truth that the Mosaic economy was no empty congeries of useless and meaningless observances - infantine in character and design; but an organism at once Divine in its origin, and fraught with lessons of striking form. Chrysostom adopted this sense, and to support it, altered the connection, and clumsily joined this clause to the following verse—“You who are the body of Christ, let no man deceive you of your reward.” The same construction is approved by Photius, and also by Augustine, who has corpus autem Christi, nemo vos convincat. All these things were a dim shadow of glorious things to come. On the thought in its details, comp. "Commentary on Colossians 2:17". But perhaps the apostle had the figure before his mind which he has elsewhere employed; “the law,” he says, “had a shadow of good things to come,” and not the “very image of the things.” In this expression he distinguishes σκιά and εἰκών, as being both likenesses, though of a different kind; and in the passage before us, he distinguishes σκιά from the reality or substance- σῶμα-which it represents. Meyer limits this to the future kingdom of Christ after the Second Advent, but this deprives the next clause of its proper meaning. The O.T. All the matters spoken of in Colossians 2:16 are referred to; the whole system of prohibitions and festivals has a typical significance, pointing to ‘the things to come,’ namely, the new dispensation. The sign not only preceded, but certified the advent of the thing signified. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/colossians-2.html. Thank You that we have been released from the bondage of legalistic rules, rituals and regulations, which were a mere shadow of things to come. Colossians 2:17 which are a shadow of the things to come; but the body is Christ"s. "WHICH"-i.e. “Professor Troy Martin wrote an article entitled, ‘But Let Everyone Discern the Body of Christ (Col. 2:17),’ which was published in the Journal of Biblical Literature in the Summer of 1995. The apostle employs ἐστί in the present, not because, as Meyer argues, the blessings are yet future to the present point of time; but either because, as Davenant supposes, he gives a definition, or because the apostle transports himself ideally to a period when ritual Judais m was of Divine obligation, and when it was really the shadow of things yet to come. Colossians 2:17 Context. The great High Priest has come and clothed Himself in humanity-a living vestment far more costly than the robes of Aaron, “made for glory and for beauty;” and all other victims have been superseded by His oblation of Himself.
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