“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:The cross of Jesus changed everything.
In our investigation so far, we have now come to deduce clearly that the certificate of debt is the law. The law proves that a debt is being owed. The handwritten document shows the offense and the penalty. In essence, what the law does is that it shows the offense and equally shows the penalty. Recall, in Romans 8:2 the bible says “For the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death”. The commandments were hostile. In Romans 7, Paul has this to say “And the commandment, which (was ordained) to life, I found (to be) unto death. For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me. Wherefore the law (is) holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful. For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal sold under sin” (Romans 7:10-14). The word commandment here in Romans 7 was translated from the Greek “entole”; it refers to an injunction. The laws of Moses were written by Moses to pronounce the judgment and consequences of sin.
As seen earlier, “exaleipho” means to take it out of the way, to take away the legal document. The word “ordinances” (in Colossians 2:13-14) was gotten from the Greek word “dogma” which implies a decree or a law. Notice the next statement in verse 14 of Colossians 2, “…nailing it to his cross”. So, it was the cross that took it out of the way. When a man commits an offense, a document is written stating his offense. The document states out the crime and the penalty. Jesus blotted out the handwriting contrary to us nailing it to his cross. It was the cross; the cross changed everything. On that cross, he paid the penalty for sin; He met the demands of justice; he took the handwriting that was against us out of the way. Jesus did it all just for us; on that cross, he blotted out the handwriting of ordinances. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION:Give voice to the victory you have in Christ.
PRAYER:Thank you Lord for the cross wherein you took out of the way the handwriting that was contrary to us, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: God’s love is seen in what he did in Christ.