Friday 27th January 2017
Theme: Your Record is Cancelled
Text: Colossians 2:13-14
EMHB 211 Low in the Grave he lay; Jesus my Saviour
Memory Verse: Col 2:14 ” Having wiped out the handwriting of the requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us, He has taken it out of the way having nailed it to the cross.”
The Colossians were dead not only because they were not physically circumcised and so were not part of God’s people, but also because of their sins (Verse 13b). Therefore, the doctrine of cancelation of sins is centered on the Cross; so is ours, the place where pardon was won and where the accuser is reduced to silence. Paul describes what happens there in terms of a legal obligation or debt being annulled.
There is a legal document, the written code, with it regulations that indicate that we were hopeless, in the wrong, with no possibility of setting things right. It is as if we had accumulated a debt we could never possibly repay. This document is our accuser, and we cannot argue with it. We are clearly in the wrong.
But when Christ was nailed to the Cross, it was as if God was nailing that document to the Cross with Christ. He was cancelling our obligation or debt so that we go free. ( Col 2:14).
The metaphor is “from stifling courtroom to a victory parade.” At that time when a city surrendered to a victorious general, the conquerors would stage a victory parade at which they would display their conquered enemies and all the goods they had conquered. The authorities and, especially the devil, are the defeated enemies dragged along in Christ’s victory parade ( Col 2:15)
Being to live as a conqueror now and not anymore as defeated a soldier. Hallelujah!
Conqueror of death, we salute Thee. Everlasting Messiah, we worship Thee. Help me, I pray Thee, to be dead to sin evermore.Amen.