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Bible Study: WHY ARE YOU AGAIN IN BONDAGE TO WORTHLESS COSMIC ORDINANCES

(Galatians 4:9; Colossians 2:8, 20)
Col 2:8

See to it, then, that no one enslaves you by means of the worthless deceit of human wisdom, which comes from the teachings handed down by human beings and from the RULING SPIRITS OF THE UNIVERSE (cosmic rudiments), and not from Christ.

To the Apostles and the Early Church, it was both FOLLY (Gal 3:1) and SLAVERY (Gal 4:9) for any Christian to accord any significance or respect to anything on the basis of either Gentile RUDIMENTARY ordinances of the cosmos or Jewish RITUAL ordinances of the Law. But in the beginning, God created humanity to subdue and have dominion over all creation (Gal 1:26) and Christ came to restore the authority and power to as many as believe and receive Him (John 1:12).

1. What are rudimentary cosmic ordinances upon which worldly philosophical speculations and traditional dogmatization stand or are based? (Col 2:8, 20)
These are superstitious fallacies about the idolized powers and idolatrous dominion of terrestrial and ancestral spirits, demonic and heavenly forces of
Ø the Four Elements (Earth, Wind, Water and Fire) and Four Seasons of this terrestrial earth,
Ø the Four Humours (Yellow-bile, Black-bile, Red-blood and Mucous-phlegm) and Four Temperaments of human nature, and
Ø the Planetary Bodies and Starry Constellations of heavenly host (Gen_1:14; Deut_4:19; Deut 17:3; 2Chron_33:1-3),
Ø the Ancestral and Demonic Bondages of occultist entities.

Gal 4:8-10
8 In the past you did not know God, and so you were slaves of beings who are not gods.
9 But now that you know God—or, I should say, now that God knows you—how is it that you want to turn back to those weak and pitiful RULING SPIRITS (cosmic rudiments)? Why do you want to become their slaves all over again?
10 You pay special attention to certain days, months, seasons, and years.

2. From ancient times regard for RUDIMENTARY ordinances of the cosmos or RITUAL ordinances of the Law has plagued humanity with Ritual Bondage under days, demons and depravity rather than Utilitarian Dominion over days, demons and depravity.
Unfortunately, modernity does not seem to liberate humanity from this bondage to ritual ordinances by which cosmic rudiments are said to lay claims on seasons and days.
You see this bondage and ignorance when people under bondage to pagan ordinances complain that Christmas is intruding to usurp a day or season that belongs to Saturn or the Sun!!! Ridiculously, these scrupulous murmurers actually believe that basic cosmic ordinances of rudimentary principles or elemental spirits of this world are the real basis
Ø from which humanity should derive both their speculative philosophies and dogmatic traditions,
Ø to which humanity should surrender their destinies and desires, days and devotions to.

3. Bondage to Pagan ordinances makes pagans think about these beggarly forces as if they have power to rule as elemental spirits or rudimentary ordinances over beggarly helpless humanity – as if these cosmic rudiments have the power to determine what humans could/couldn’t do or be, which days they could/couldn’t do what.
Col 2:15-20
15 And on that cross Christ freed himself from the power of the spiritual rulers and authorities; he made a public spectacle of them by leading them as captives in his victory procession.
16 So let no one make rules about what you eat or drink or about holy days or the New Moon Festival or the Sabbath.
17 All such things are only a shadow of things in the future; the reality is Christ.
18 Do not allow yourselves to be condemned by anyone who claims to be superior because of special visions and who insists on false humility and the worship of angels. For no reason at all, such people are all puffed up by their human way of thinking
19 and have stopped holding on to Christ, who is the head of the body. Under Christ’s control the whole body is nourished and held together by its joints and ligaments, and it grows as God wants it to grow.
20 You have died with Christ and are set free from the RULING SPIRITS OF THE UNIVERSE (cosmic rudiments). Why, then, do you live as though you belonged to this world? Why do you obey such rules as

These forces lay false claim on hours, days, weeks, months of this earth as well as fates, rights and destinies of humanity. But God has made these to be subject to humanity and to serve the purpose for which God has appointed unto humanity – Subdue and have dominion over all things for Christ.

4. Even, the Jews erroneously let the ritual observances of the Law to be perceived wrongly for similar bondage to ordinances as with heathen rudiments.
Gal 4:3-4
3 In the same way, we too were slaves of the ruling spirits of the universe before we reached spiritual maturity.
4 But when the right time finally came, God sent his own Son. He came as the son of a human mother and lived under the Jewish Law,

Jews through gentile influence falsely thought that Man is made for Sabbath, but Christ corrected them that the truth is rather that Sabbath is made for man (Mark_2:27-28). Therefore every day should be regarded only for God Who made the day and Who alone owns it and gave it to humanity, not to rudimentary spirits and forces or legalistic rituals (Rom_14:5-6).

That was why the Church took up the calendar, reordered the times, derobed everyday of all superstitious powers and purposes in order to freshly appoint our own days subject to us not subjugating us.

5. Finally, though gentile consciousness of bondage to idols and bondage to ordinances is resurging again in modern paganism, to enslave the Church into bondage again, but Every Christian should know that in Christ, no day has any power over us and no day belongs to any spirit or powers but everyday belongs to God alone and is meant for us to serve Him.
The authority of the believer and the Church is such that whatever the Church shall agree on and bind concerning any day on earth, the same is bound in heaven.

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