Colossians 2:9 has minimal connection with Isaiah 7:16
Brackets in passage are mine.
10 Then the LORD spoke again to Ahaz, saying, 11 “Ask for a sign for yourself from the LORD your God; make it deep as Sheol or high as heaven.” 12 But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, nor will I put the LORD to the test!” 13 Then he said, “Listen now, house of David! Is it too ...
“but emptied εκενωσεν himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.”
The Bible translates εκενωσεν in different ways but the word essentially means to render useless, to void, to nullify and this comes from the idea of emptying.
(This illustration has limitations because God a spirit nullified His ...
Are we confusing definitions or concepts here?
Both physical and spiritual circumcision is the commitment to keep Gods Laws. Baptism is defined as ritual cleansing for the remission of sin. Two different subjects?
Spiritual circumcision was taught by Paul in both Hebrews & Romans. We see below the Laws written on our hearts which is spiritual ...
In this new covenant all things are fulfilled spiritually. A contradiction but therefore the spiritual conclusion becomes the final reality. The term shadow relates to physical events that we are to learn from. These physical events are described as a shadow as they are not the ultimate conclusion or spiritual reality.
I’m confused, some examples:
The Law ...
I really like Dottard's discussion of shadow & symbolism and agree that the ceremonial system was symbolic of Christ. This is made explicit in Hebrews 7:11-28 (esp. verse 27).
I'd like to focus then on question 4 from the OP: Overall, what was Paul expecting his audience to take away from his words? What kind of effect did he intend these couple of ...
There are so many things here - let me try to take them one at a time.
The idea of the OT Ceremonial law and system being a shadow occurs several times in the NT:
Col 2:17 - These [religious festival and temple rites] are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.
Heb 8:5 - They serve at a sanctuary that is a ...
Circumcision and the New Covenant
Among the Israelites, circumcision was designated a “sign” -- an indication in the flesh of Jewish males denoting a special covenant relationship with God:
Genesis 17:10-11: This is My covenant, which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you: every male among you shall be circumcised. And you shall ...
There are a number of NT examples where a command was given greater spiritual focus--the adaptation is not identical in each case, but Jesus said several times "ye have heard that it was said by them of old", before giving a higher standard.
Two prominent examples from Matthew 5:
21 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old ...
Even in the OT, there was the concept of the circumcision of the heart in Deuteronomy 30:6
The LORD your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and live.
Paul took that concept and applied it to us by Christ in
11 In him you were also ...