Colossians 2:14, NIV: "having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross."
Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.
This week, we’ve been learning what it means to have been brought to fullness in Christ. One aspect of that fullness is that we fully participated in his death, burial and resurrection. Another aspect is that we are fully alive in Christ.
When we ended our podcast yesterday in Colossians chapter 2 verse 13, we learned that Christ fully forgave our sins. How did he do that? Verse 14 tells us, “having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.”
Paul says Christ canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness. That word canceled means to obliterate from sight. Our sins are completely gone, obliterated from sight, because God canceled the “charge of our legal indebtedness.” You see, in Paul’s day, this is the idea of someone writing an IOU when they need money. So, I borrow a hundred dollars from you. I write you an IOU. The time comes to pay it back and I can’t. You could put me into slavery or into debtors prison as punishment. Here, Paul’s saying that our debt has been canceled. We no longer live under the penalty or threat of punishment for our sins because Christ canceled the warrant against us.
And what did Christ do with that sin? Paul says Christ nailed it to the cross. In ancient days, when someone was crucified there was a sign nailed above their head telling the crimes for which he’d been crucified for. And Paul’s saying metaphorically that the sign over Jesus’ head was a sign with our sins listed on it. But it was blotted out with Christ’s blood. And it read forgiven. Done.
So, your Simple Truth for today: You are fully forgiven. If you are believer of Christ, no matter what you’ve done, Christ nailed your sins to the cross and your sins are completely obliterated. It’s done. Erased. Forever. Now that’s worth thanking God for. Amen?
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