New Living Translation
For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality.
King James Bible
Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
Darby Bible Translation
which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
World English Bible
which are a shadow of the things to come; but the body is Christ's.
Young's Literal Translation
which are a shadow of the coming things, and the body is of the Christ;
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
2:17 Which are but a lifeless shadow; but the body, the substance, is of Christ.
I shall this morning, by God's help, address you upon the two portions of the text. First, I shall endeavour to describe Christ as spoiling his enemies on the cross; and having done that I shall lead your imagination and your faith further on to see the Saviour in triumphal procession upon his cross, leading his enemies captive, and making a shew of them openly before the eyes of the astonished universe. I.First, our faith is invited this morning to behold CHRIST MAKING A SPOIL OF PRINCIPALITIES …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 5: 1859
A Warning to Believers
Conflict and Comfort.
Bands of Love; Or, Union to Christ. "I Drew them with Cords of a Man, with Bands of Love: and I was to them as they that Take Off the Yoke on their Jaws, and I Laid Meat unto Them. " --Hosea xi. 4.
They serve in a system of worship that is only a copy, a shadow of the real one in heaven. For when Moses was getting ready to build the Tabernacle, God gave him this warning: "Be sure that you make everything according to the pattern I have shown you here on the mountain."
The old system under the law of Moses was only a shadow, a dim preview of the good things to come, not the good things themselves. The sacrifices under that system were repeated again and again, year after year, but they were never able to provide perfect cleansing for those who came to worship.
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