“Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”
Colossians 2:21 (NIV)
The epistle to the Colossians was written by Paul the Apostle during his first imprisonment in Rome about 61 – 62 A.D. and is included with his prison Epistles.
The fact that this letter was written while Paul was in prison is of great significance because it means that he continued his walk with Jesus, spreading the Gospel even in bondage. Christians were also being persecuted during this period in history. When the apostle Paul learned of (heresy) taking place in the Church at Colossae he was compelled by the Holy Spirit to act. If one is in search of food for thought they need look no further. Just think? Paul refused to allow his dire circumstances to dilute the power of his ministry and commitment to Christ.
What this means is “we can worship Christ in any situation, place or state of mind.” Feasibly, there is no place on earth where souls are not in need of salvation. Whether in prison, church, the hospital or at home.
I can recall times when spreading the Gospel seemed to have become difficult coupled with the fact that some were aggressively inclined to resist. My first inclination was to forget about them and move on to people who at least acted like they were open to change. But, to my surprise that was not what God wanted me to do. You see, Christians are not called to take the easy way out, the smooth road, or only rescue souls of friends and family. There will be stumbling blocks ahead of every believer, all throughout the walk with Jesus. In other words, as Christians, we are called to execute courageous acts to lead souls to Christ in Jesus’ name. Loving everybody is not an option but a given, even those most difficult to love. As workers for Christ, our mission is to help lead the sick to Jesus so that they can be healed. As mother’s, we are God’s worker’s first and mother’s second, our work begins and ends with nurturing not only our own children but any in need of love. As women, we are Christian’s first and women second. A women’s purpose is to God’s sight, live a godly lifestyle, exhibit a loving demeanor and possess a positive, zeal, and appreciation for this precious gift called life.
Now these things can only exist in the soul of one who gave up “The acts of the flesh in exchange for the fruit of the Spirit.” There are no laws governing “Fruit of the Spirit,” which means that “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!” Colossians 2:21 (NIV) has no relevance to believers who no longer engage in ‘Acts of the flesh.”
Paul heard that the church was being influenced by false prophets and ungodly teachers. The heresy included false teachings in addition to: [a false view of the universe, matter is evil, a distortion of man, sin is physical, not spiritual, abstaining from foods and asceticism, a misunderstanding of the person of Jesus Christ and the Logos, the worship of angels, and elements of Judaism mixed with Christianity.] https://www.gotquestions.org/heresy-definition.html
The apostle Paul also reminded the Colossians that although he was imprisoned he was still with them in spirit.“For though I am absent from you in the body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is.” (Colossians 2:5 NIV)
Paul’s epistle to the Colossians not only defended the faith but exalted persons of Jesus and clarified the true doctrine of Jesus Christ in absolute form. His desire was to instruct Believers that salvation is only possible through God’s grace and faith in Christ. Furthermore, he stated that Jesus Christ must be understood accurately because He is the image of the invisible God and in him, all the fullness of the godhead dwells in bodily form Colossians 1: 15 -19.
Again, “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch! “ refers to worldly, temporary things. When Jesus died on the cross he put an end to the civil and ceremonial laws of Judaism.” Believers are no longer enslaved to man’s laws or temptations. You are free!
“If you have died with Christ to the spiritual forces of the world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its regulations?” (Colossians 2:20)
“These will all perish with use because they are based on human commands and teachings.” (Colossians 2:22)