I offer this in syllogistic form, it’s called modus ponens (if / then argument). This means, if the first half of premise #1 (represented by the letter “P”) is sustained, then the second half of premise #1 (represented by the letter “Q”) will be shown to be true.
Summary remarks of Paul’s point in Colossians 2:1-17 (I am offering no argument in these summary remarks). In Christ are hidden all the wisdom and treasures of God (2:1-5), with gratitude and being firmly rooted in the Lord Jesus walk in accordance with His will (2:6-7), wisdom is found in Christ not the philosophies of man (2:8-10), circumcision (directly connected with Abraham and Law of Moses) under Christ does not correspond to a fleshly matter (2:9-11), instead, circumcision under the authority of Christ is in baptism (2:11-12), those dead in sin were made alive in Christ having canceled the debt made in decrees that were against people, nailed to the Cross (2:13-14), those decrees that were nailed to the Cross are directly connected to the Law of Moses (2:14-17).
My Argument in syllogistic form:
- If that which was nailed to the cross includes festive days, the sabbath and decrees of a general nature, this can only be identified with the Law of Moses, then the Law of Moses was nailed to the cross.
- The festive days, sabbath and decrees of a general nature are identified with the Law of Moses.
- Therefore, that which Paul identifies by these terms was the Law of Moses and it was nailed to the Cross.
EVIDENCE to support premise #2 (or the first half or premise #1). The general tone of Paul’s remarks in the New Testament is on the topic of the Law of Moses being dismissed by God as a system or standard by which to measure man, declaring him righteous or not. Paul said the following: “Be it known unto you therefore, brethren, that through this man is proclaimed unto you remission of sins: and by him every one that believeth is justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses” (Acts 13:38-39, ASV). Peter says the same in Acts 15:10, speaking against those who would hang the Law of Moses around someone as a yoke. In Romans 3:20-31, Paul demonstrates the same when he said no one could be justified by the Law (Law of Moses) because it was not designed by God to justify a single person, illustrated by Abraham being justified long before the Law of Moses was revealed to the Israelite nation. The Law of Moses was designed by God to point one to Jesus so one is justified by faith, that is the Law of Christ, the New Covenant (Heb. 7:19-22; Gal. 3:24-27).
Lutheran Scholar, Marvin Vincent, wrote: “The law with its decrees was abolished in Christ’s death, as if crucified with Him.”
The hypothetical syllogism of modus ponens (P implies Q, P is affirmed, therefore, Q is demanded) is sustained.