“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 law that was against us has been expiated.
We’ve come to see that the certificate of debt is the law. It is the law that proved a debt was owed. The handwritten document shows:
- The offense and
- The penalty.
But look at the good news in Paul’s next words “…took it out of the way nailing it to his cross”. Yes, it is the cross; it was his cross that took it out of the way. He blotted out the handwriting contrary to us nailing it to his cross. So, back to expiation: Applying the term expiation means Jesus paid the price in full. Whoever has been held captive by the law Moses gave is free to go. Jesus in Matthew 5:17 says “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill”. The word ‘fulfill’ (in Matthew 5:17) is the Greek word “pleroo” which means to discharge an obligation. In Romans 10:14, Paul says “For Christ (is) the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth”. In Galatians 3, Paul elaborates “Christ hath redeemed us form the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, cursed (is) everyone that hangeth on a tree: that the blessing of Abraham might come unto the Gentiles through Jesus Christ, that we might receive the promised spirit through faith” (Galatians 3:13-14).
Jesus by his sufferings for man removes any record that stands against him. That means that the judge does not use the law again. Jesus expiated the law; it is therefore not useful anymore. In explaining expiation, Jesus took it all out of the way and paid in full. This therefore means that today, the law does not stand between man and God because Jesus has taken away/has removed both the law and the penalty that punishes… glory! Christ did all that for us. He was delivered for our offences and raised for our justification. He was made sin for us that we might be made God’s righteousness in him. He met justice demands because of us and the love he has for us. We are no longer captives to the law. Christ has made us free from the law of sin and death. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION:You have been redeemed from the curse of the law; acknowledge this!
PRAYER:Thank you Lord for the eternal price you paid which eternally met justice demands and in which I have been saved eternally by the same, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE:The price Jesus paid met justice demands eternally; hence, we are eternally saved.
DAILY READING: MORNING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 1; EVENING: COLOSSIANS CHAPTER 2