“(all of which perish with use), according to the precepts and doctrines of men?”

This translation of the verse is not very helpful. The New International translates it..

“These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings.”

All of the ceremonial sacrifices and rituals have passed away. They are subject to time and space and are therefore fleeting reminders of a more permanent state. They have passed away. All who follow them and insist on participating in them make the Christian faith all about the outward form of things. The rituals become the most important consideration and the inner life of the soul shrinks. We place great credence on the outward and the eating, drinking and wearing of clothes, so that all our considerations are in the outer fleshly life. The ritual kills the godly mindset and arrests the development of the life of faith. The spiritual retreats and the flesh advances.

“… for the Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.”

Romans 14:17

All who follow the way of the outward will perish. There is nothing to be gained by outward religion, but only sin and death. The religion that God requires is the inner working of the Holy Spirit in the soul of the believer.

Following these fleshly religious ways are also person-orientated and not of God. True worship is not about the outward form but about the inward working of the Spirit. We worship God in Spirit and in truth. All the traditions that people come up with to worship and serve, are all of no effect. Paul refutes the traditions of humankind and focuses our eyes on the inner life of the soul as we relate to God. All that is of human invention with its rules and regulations is against Christ and renders His death ineffectual. It’s the doctrine of dead works that kills the faith of the believer and brings the conscience into bondage. We get ourselves tied up in the rules and make our spiritual life of no effect.

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