“Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.” (Colossians 2:8 NKJV).
Although Lazarus was quickened and raised from the dead by the voice of the Lord Jesus, yet he came forth from the tomb still bound hand and foot with grave clothes and his face wrapped with a cloth (John 11:43-44).
Until Lazarus was loose he could not walk in newness of life the Lord had given him. Likewise, many people today are saved but are still stuck in religion, Mosaic laws, vain traditions of men, religious rites and regulations.
Although many people have responded positively to the Gospel of Christ and have been saved by the grace of the Lord Jesus, yet they are still holding steadfastly unto the Old Testament laws and traditions and thus could not walk in newness of life they have received at the New Birth.
When you became born again through faith in Christ, the power or dominion of Sin and Satan was broken over your life and you were quickened by the Spirit of God.
The Scripture testifies, “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).” (Eph. 2:4-5 NKJV).
However, God does not just want you to be saved; He also wants you to come into full knowledge of the truth.
The Scripture attests to this, “For this is good and pleasing in the eyes of our Saviour God, whose will it is that all men should be saved, and come into full knowledge of the truth.” (1 Tim. 2:3-4 MNT).
Regrettably, many people who are saved today are not pursuing revelation knowledge of the truth. Therefore, they are still stuck in religious bondages.
Although Satan could not hold back or keep Lazarus in the tomb when the Lord Jesus called him to come forth, yet Lazarus was held down and bound by the custom of his days (the wrapping and binding of the dead tightly with grave clothes) from enjoying the new life he had received. He remained stuck until Jesus commanded: “Loose him, and let him go.” (John 11:44 NKJV).
“This custom still exists in western Asia. No coffins being used, the body is stretched out and the arms laid straight by the sides, after which the whole body, from head to foot, is wrapped round tightly in many folds of linen or cotton cloth; or, to be more precise, a great length of cloth is taken and rolled around the body until the whole is enveloped, and every part is covered with several folds of the cloth. The ends are then sewed, to keep the whole firm and compact; or else a narrow bandage is wound over the whole, forming, ultimately, the exterior surface.” (Albert Barnes’ NT Commentary).
Like Lazarus, many believers today are still held down and bound from enjoying the exceeding riches of God’s grace, not by Sin or Satan, but by religious laws, rules and regulations, human philosophies, customs or traditions which they still subject themselves to.
Paul queried the Christians at Colossae in Colossians 2:
20 Therefore, if you died with Christ from the basic principles of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to regulations–
21 “Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle,”
22 which all concern things which perish with the using–according to the commandments and doctrines of men? (NKJV).
Nothing frustrates or nullifies the grace of God in a believer’s life as his subjection to religious laws, rites and regulations, vain philosophies, traditions or customs of men.
The Lord Jesus rebuked the religious Jews not for their sins, but for “making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.” (Mark 7:13 NKJV).
Any believer who exalts, esteems and holds firmly to any human tradition, custom, philosophy, law or regulation above the words or teachings of Christ, though saved, is still stuck, thereby missing out on the blessings of salvation.
Paul warns, “Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing.” (Gal. 5:2 NKJV).
Christ will profit you nothing if you still hold onto your long allegiance to the Mosaic Law or any human tradition. Seeking to be justified or to earn God’s love, acceptance, favour or blessing through adherence to any religious laws, rites or regulations will cut you off from the constant supply of God’s grace.
Paul confronted the foolish Galatians’ Christians who though saved were still stuck in the law, saying, “You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.” (Gal. 5:4 NKJV).
Beloved, are you saved but still stuck in any religious law, rule and regulation, human philosophy, tradition or custom?
It is time to disentangle yourself and begin to walk in the liberty Christ purchased for you by His blood. Allow no one to bind or subject you to any vain religious tradition or regulation!
The Scripture admonishes you to “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.” (Col. 2:8 NKJV).
Therefore, begin to spend quality time daily to prayerfully study God’s Word so that you may grow in the revelation knowledge or spiritual understanding of the truth and thus stand fast and walk steadily in the liberty that Christ has called you to.
The Scripture admonishes you to “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” (Gal. 5:1 NKJV).
“For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” (Gal. 5:13 NKJV).
The Lord Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:31-32 NKJV).
Go for the truth. Don’t be saved and stuck!
Prayer: My Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for calling me into perfect liberty through Christ Jesus. I refuse to be saved and still be stuck in any vain religious law, regulation, tradition or custom, in Jesus’ name. Amen.