“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:Study rightly so you won’t interpret wrongly.

In examining what we’ve called expiation and bringing to light the above topic “the handwriting of ordinances have been blotted out”, we’ve established firstly that this word “expiation” is not a word you will see in any text of the books of the bible. It is actually a qualifying word that explains what Jesus has done for us. Recall, that word begins with a prefix “ex” which means “out of” or “from”. So expiation 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 offense. That with the above meaning of expiation reiterated, let’s now proceed to investigating verse 14 of Colossians 2 as this will help us to understand the word. We will have to consider a grammatical analysis of few words that make up verse 14 of Colossians chapter 2.

Let’s begin by paying attention to the word “blotting out”. The word “blotting out” is the Greek word “exaleipho”. Blotting out deals with records; it has to do with something that is written. There is therefore a need to find out where this record exists. It involves three things:

  1. Historically, it deals with smearing out letters with wax.
  2. Wiping out a record of debts
  3. Wiping an item in an account; that is, to remove an entry.

Blotting out therefore must refer to something written. The question now is; where is this record? In historical times, to blot out will deal with that document, that is, records blotted out from that document. Observe “blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us…” The word “handwriting” here is not the handwriting and dictation you did in nursery school, no! The word handwriting here was translated from the Greek word “cheiro-graphon”; it implies a handwritten bond or legal document. The next question that will be answered in the proceeding study having known the grammatical implication of blotting out and handwriting is; Where is it written? That is, having known that handwriting refers to a handwritten bond or legal document, the question now is; where is it written? Hallelujah!

INSTRUCTION:Patiently study through.

PRAYER:I receive understanding as I study through the word, in Jesus Name, Amen.

QUOTE: In bible study, what is not understood properly in the place of study cannot be interpreted rightly in the place of interpretation.


Published by lightfromtheworddevotional

Light from the word is a scripture based daily devotional by Prophet (Dr.) John Linus, Senior Pastor Word of Faith Covenant Assembly Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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