The Sabbath Fulfilled in Christ

On Colossians 2:16-17:

"Therefore, don't let anyone judge you in regard to food and drink or in the matter of a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day. These are a shadow of what was to come; the substance is the Messiah." (CSB)

Craig Blomberg writes,

“No Colossian Christian of any ethnicity, knowing of Christianity’s Jewish roots, having just had his or her attention drawn to a distinctively Jewish ritual, could hear Paul’s words in verse 16 and reasonably deduce that he was thinking only of pagan holidays or special Jewish Sabbaths or certain parts of regular Jewish Sabbaths and not also of what Jews universally meant the overwhelming majority of the time when they used the word Sabbath without qualification. Could anyone be expected to conclude from this verse that Paul was in fact simultaneously implying the exact opposite of the straightforward language he used, something like ‘but of course you must still observe the Jewish Sabbath or the biblical parts of the Sabbath or the non-ceremonial elements of the Sabbath?”[1]




[1] Blomberg, “The Sabbath as Fulfilled in Christ," in Perspectives on the Sabbath, 343.