“And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 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 the cross” – Colossians 2:13-14
LIGHT FOR NOW:We are saved by faith in what Jesus had done, not in what we have done or not done.
Having looked at the concept of propitiation followed by a careful analysis of the fact that salvation which has been made available for all is not automatic upon all. A man will have to believe in the saviour to have salvation. Jesus is that saviour for salvation, outside him there is no salvation. Hence by the price Jesus paid, everyone in the world has been made fit for salvation but not everyone is saved because everyone has not believed in the gospel of Christ. We at this point will advance the study as we investigate into the above topic “The handwriting of ordinances have been blotted out”, in order to unbundle a terminology called “expiation”. Recall, we have propitiation, now we are looking into expiation. An understanding of the above text (Colossians 2:13-14; critically the verse 14 part) will thus suffice in bringing this text to the spotlight. In verse 13 of the above text, Paul lets us know our former state before we got saved. He says we were dead in our sins and the uncircumcision of our flesh, however we were quickened together with Jesus and forgiven of all trespasses (and this happened in salvation).
In verse 14 which is very critical and must be well explored in order to bring to light the concept of expiation, Paul says “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 the cross”. To start with, let’s first have the meaning of the word expiation. The word expiation is not in any text of the book of the bible. This word is a qualifying word that explains what Jesus has done for us. Notice, the word “expiation” begins with a prefix “ex” which means “out of” or “from”. It means to remove something, to undo a wrong by suffering. Expiation changes something by suffering. It means to remove the penalty and law that punishes a sinner; that is, to remove a provision that punishes an offence. Take note of the meaning or implication of that word as the study advances into subsequent days where the adventure of unbundling this word continues. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION:Follow through the study.
PRAYER:Father, I declare that the eyes of my understanding are flooded with light, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: In what Jesus did by his redemptive sacrifice is the salvation of God made available for all men.
DAILY READING: MORNING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 2