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Relationship to The Cross

Scripture: Colossians 2:14.

 KJV: Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that were against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.

 GNT: he canceled the unfavorable record of our debts with its binding rules and did away with it completely by nailing it to the cross.

Reflection.

Kindly reflect on the phrases from both translations- ” handwriting of ordinance(kjv)” and “unfavorable records (Gnt)”.

Explanation.

This verse completes the thought that was started in verse 13, which explained how the believers in Colossae their sins had forgiven. The people of Colossae were once spiritually uncircumcised and dead in their sins; however, because of Christ, they are now alive and have been “spiritually circumcised.” Paul places a particular emphasis in this verse on several different aspects of the forgiveness that we have in Jesus.

Here is what bibleref.com explains about this verse:

First, Jesus cancelled the record of our debt, in the same way a legal pardon cancels the penalty for that crime. In the day and time Paul wrote this, a person could be arrested or enslaved to pay off financial debts. They could also be enslaved as punishment for committing a crime. The image Paul’s original readers would have gotten is a person’s financial debt being erased along with the legal consequences. A believer no longer lived under the threat of punishment or enslavement to sin.

Second, Jesus “set aside” our sins as believers. This is a separate action from the legal or financial metaphor. Declaring someone “pardoned” does not necessarily mean they are “welcomed.” However, according to Paul, those who put their faith in Christ have their sins removed from His sight. The failures of a saved believer are no longer a barrier between them and God. God’s forgiveness not only means freedom from the eternal punishment of sin, it means we can have a living relationship with God, now.

Third, for the believer in Christ, the death of Jesus on the cross is sufficient payment for all sins. Paul uses a graphic metaphor here, of sin itself being crucified. In that era, crucifixion was not merely a brutal form of execution, it was a sign of absolute rejection. There were many other ways to execute people at that time, but crucifixion carried a sense of shame and disowning. So, when God crucifies sin, He is not merely killing it, He is completely and utterly ignoring it and cutting it off.

More importantly, the devil is good at accusing brethren, the bible calls him “the accuser of brethren”. He never forgets your past sins even if you are currently on fire for God. He waits for an opportunity to accuse you always in other to refuse God’s blessings upon your life. He keeps those records, and the GNT calls it “UNFAVORABLE RECORDS” of our debts with its binding rules.

However, the good news is that Jesus Christ canceled all those accusations (unfavorable records) and did away with it completely by “NAILING IT TO THE CROSS”. Wow!! What an awesome sacrifice, why not begin to appreciate “HIM” for that cross today? He loves you so much to the extent of canceling all your sins and making you His own.

PRAYER.

O LORD: THANK YOU FOR THE “CROSS” AND THAT MEANS ALOT TO US. MEANING, WE NOW HAVE THE POWER TO OVERCOME THE devil AT THE CROSS.MAY WE NEVER FORGET THE SACRIFICE OF THE CROSS AND ALWAYS FIX OUR HEARTS ON IT NOW AND EVER IN JESUS NAME, AMEN.

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Pastor Bob (Idamiebi Benson Bob-Manuel) is a husband and father of three. Born and raised in Nigeria he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2019 to pursue a calling from the Lord to build an in-person and online ministry. After serving in various ministerial capacities for 18 years, Bob was ordained as a Pastor in January 2018. Since coming to Canada he has served at The Bridge Church, a ministry under the covering of the Foursquare Church of Canada and currently serves as an associate pastor with Wellsprings Victory Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bob has a passion for sharing the word of God through preaching, teaching, and worship. He believes in the power and righteousness of servant leadership and has devoted his life to walking the path that God has placed before him. Bob is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership through distance learning with Trinity Western University British Columbia, Canada.

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