What Does Colossians 2:14 Mean?

having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

Colossians 2:14(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

The requirement of God's Law was total perfection in a life. It was the finger of God Who wrote the ten commandments on the two stone tablets and it was the hand of Moses that recorded God's Law in its entirety - for His people of Israel. The Law demands flawless perfection from imperfect man and so that same Law condemns every member of the human race, for God's perfect Law points the finger of condemnation at each one of us, for no one can keep the perfect requirement of God's ideal standard - everyone stands condemned before a holy God.

The consequences of this demanded perfection, is the utter inability to keep the righteous requirements of the Law. Every man is defective in his capacity to live up to the standard that God's requires. The charge stamped against each of us is 'FAILED'. The finger of accusation points accusingly at the whole human race.

And yet the gospel of Christ addresses the issue forever and every one of our defects is cancelled by the blood of the Lamb, Who was the complete sacrifice for both SINS committed, and SIN, inherent in our very being. It was through the grace of God that God gave His only begotten Son to take the full and final punishment for our sins. And His sacrifice of Himself cancelled the record of the charges against all who would trust in His name, for He took it all away by nailing it to the cross. By grace through faith in Christ, the almighty God cancelled the record of the charge against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.

The death of Christ put an end to our sins. The resurrection of the Lord quickened in us, with our brand-new nature - our new-life in Christ. The charges and accusations that are written in our own 'book of living', condemn us to an eternal separation from the One and only true and living God, and His requisite perfection. But thanks be to God, for He not only implemented the need for perfection in each of us, but He provided the Way for us all to be perfect and entire - through the pure sacrifice of His eternal Son in our stead.

Each accusation against me and each charge against you was firmly and permanently nailed to His cross. The punishment that we deserved was cancelled, for Another paid the price. It was God's plan from eternity past that the Lord Jesus would cancel the record of the charges against us and take it away by nailing it to the cross - and for those who believe in His name, it is FINISHED.

My Prayer

Lord, I confess my need for a Saviour and praise Your name that you took away, forever, the punishment I deserve. Eternity seems insufficient time to thank You for your glorious sacrifice. I pray for those that are blinded to this wonderful truth and ask that You use me as an instrument to point those I meet today to the saving cross of Christ, In Jesus name, AMEN.

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