The handwriting of “ordinances” = the hand writing of “dogmas”.
In ancient Greek, “dogma” meant literally "that which one thinks is true" and is from “dokeō” , "to seem good".
The handwriting of “dogmas” speaks of the handwritings of the church scribes of which many have thought in their own minds that they were “good” to keep. They go to the “church” body that is built upon the first principles of the handwriting rather than one built upon Christ.
The keeping and serving of the handwriting of church dogmas leads to divisions among us (denominations) and many judge others using these handwritings and so they are still “dead” in sins and the uncircumcision of the flesh as many fight and hate each over their respective handwritings.
Many set aside the commandment of God (to have love for one another) in order to keep and serve the transmissions of men….their handwritings of doctrines and commandments of men that are not saving the flesh of anyone.
Colossians 2: KJV (13) And you, being dead in your sins and the
uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him,
having forgiven you all trespasses;
These church scribe handwritings of dogmas (of which many think are “good” to keep within their own minds) are really against us getting along with one another as they divide us. They are contrary to us…and contrary or near to the doctrine of Christ who teaches us to have love for one another. They place the handwriting along with the teaching of Christ (to have love one another) and yet the handwriting nullifies His teaching as many worship and serve the handwriting of dogmas by fighting and hating one another.
Yet, the Lord takes the handwritings of church denominations out of the way and has nailed to His cross as we are forgiven for the keeping and serving of them. We must awake to His righteousness and depart those who are still worshipping and serving their handwritings of dogmas.
(14) Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us,
which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to
his cross; (15) And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made
a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
Let no man judge you according to the handwriting of a church scribe (the engraved teachings and commandments of men) that was wrested out of the Scriptures.
(16) Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in
respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
(17) Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
The church scribe has intruded/trespassed into the Scriptures with his fleshly mind (without the mind of Christ) and has wrested out of the Scriptures commandments for his “church” to keep….and many think it good to keep them. They desire to be teachers of the law, but they do not know what they are talking about or what they so confidently affirm. (1 Timothy 1:7)
Many willingly subject themselves to these handwritings of church “dogmas” of which Paul calls “will worship”. They see themselves as wise in doing so and judge others.
They are desirous of their own vain glory: wanting to be seen as wise. They envy and provoke one another with their handwriting of dogmas while being desirous of their own vain glory…..wanting to be seen as the wise one.
Let no man beguile you of your reward: the eternal life of Jesus being manifest in our mortal flesh in this earth.
(18) Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility
and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath
not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
There are fleshly-minded men who cause divisions among us and teach things (their stumbling blocks….their handwritings) that are contrary or beside the teaching which we have learned (have love for one another). They have no understanding as they do not hold the Head....the mind of Christ.
(19) And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and
bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth
with the increase of God. (20) Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ
from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world,
are ye subject to ordinances, (21) (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
(22) Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments
and doctrines of men?
These things have a “show of wisdom in will worship” and humility but do nothing to save the mortal flesh as many are perishing from this earth by the using of the doctrines and commandments of men engraved for them to keep by the church scribes.
(23) Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and
humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the
satisfying of the flesh.
The “rudiments of the world” are the handwritings (such as “constitutions”) of the governments of the nations of this world so to speak.
A “constitution” means:
1a : the basic principles and laws of a nation, state, or social group that determine the powers and duties of the government and guarantee certain rights to the people in it
b : a written instrument embodying the rules of a political or social organization
A “church” does not need a “constitution” or other named handwritings patterned after the “rudiments”…the elements…of the world that separate people. A nation is built upon those first elements...as defined in their handwritings...their constitutions. The nations of this world do not serve our God in the kingdom of God.
The body is the Christ and not a body of people based or built upon a handwriting of church dogmas that men think are good.
Yet, this is what we find in all of men-built churches….a handwriting of church dogmas. Many set aside the commandment of God in order to serve and worship the handwriting.
In vain do they worship Him, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Mark 7:7-9 KJV (7) Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for
doctrines the commandments of men.
They lay aside the commandment of God (to have love for one another) in order to hold the tradition (the transmission…the handwriting passed down from the church scribes) of men.
(8) For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of
men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things
ye do. (9) And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment
of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
Many think that their particular church is the “right” church while the others are wrong (judging others) and they are the “wise” ones to belong to the correct one and wisely keep the correct handwriting.
They think that they have the law of the LORD with them….but the pen of the scribes is false.
Jeremiah 8:8-9 KJV (8) How do ye say, We are wise, and the law of the
LORD is with us? Lo, certainly in vain made he it; the pen of the
scribes is in vain.
What wisdom is in them as they reject the commandment of God in order to keep the handwriting that the lying pen of the scribes have written?
(9) The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they
have rejected the word of the LORD; and what wisdom is in them?
They change the truth of God into THE lie and worship and serve the “creature” (ordinance) more than the Creator. They set aside the commandment of God to have love for one another in order to keep the handwriting that they thought in their own minds was good for them to keep and serve and worship by judging others with.
Romans 1:25 KJV (25) Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and
worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is
blessed for ever. Amen.
When one speaks evil of another (labeling them as an “evildoer” because one does not worship and serve their particular denominational handwriting of dogmas), then he is not a doer of the Law (to have love for one another) but is a “judge”.
James 4:11-12 KJV (11) Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He
that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh
evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou
art not a doer of the law, but a judge.
There is only One Lawgiver…only One Judge. We are not judges for God using the handwriting of dogmas....the "law" of the commandments of men.
(12) There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who
art thou that judgest another?
This is the practicing of the lie. We are not as “gods”….judges. A judge supposedly knows who and what is “good and evil”. We are not being a “judge” for God by using the handwriting of a church scribe which we think is good to speak evil of other. There is only One Lawgiver. There is only One Judge.
Genesis 3:4-6 KJV (4) And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall
not surely die: (5) For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof,
then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good
Wanting to be seen as wise, people use their tongues to speak evil of others who do not follow their own carnal commandment that they thought was good to keep. The woman in the garden added her own commandment (“neither shall you touch it”) to God’s and then presented it as though He commanded it. Many are doing the same today.
(6) *And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that
it was pleasant to the eyes**, and a tree to be desired to make one
wise,** she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto
her husband with her; and he did eat.*
People are as trees. Out of the same mouth proceeds blessing of God and cursing of men which should not be. We are not blessing God by cursing others who do not keep our particular handwriting of church dogmas.
James 3:8-12 KJV (8) But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly
evil, full of deadly poison. (9) Therewith bless we God, even the
Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the
similitude of God. (10) Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and
cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. (11) Doth a
fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? (12)
Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine,
figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
Many desire to be seen as wise and speak evil of another who do not keep their carnal commandment that they think is good (the woman in the garden added the carnal commandment “neither shall you touch it” to God’s commandment).
They think that they are doing God “service” by “killing” another with their tongues….being judge (labeling them as “evil doers”), jury, and executioner of another.
The woman in the garden wanted to be seen as wise. But those who are truly wise and endued with knowledge among us are to show it out of a good behavior his works with meekness of wisdom.
James 3:13-18 KJV (13) Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge
among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with
meekness of wisdom. (14) But if ye have bitter envying and strife in
your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. (15) This
wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
(16) For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every
evil work. (17) But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then
peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good
fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. (18) And the fruit
of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
But our Lord is merciful. He has forgiven us of the sins and trespasses that come with the serving and worshipping of the handwriting of dogmas which are nailed to His cross retroactively.