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Memorization Scripture – Colossians 2:13-14

by on April 26, 2012

The following is compiled by Helen Westberg

Colossians 2:13-14  13) And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, 14) having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us.  And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

Believe in Jesus, in whom we have life and forgiveness.

Christ’s death is our life.  Not only were our personal sins forgiven at the Cross, but those rules that condemned us have also been removed by the death of Christ.  Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances refers to the ceremonial law.  This was against us, for we were bound to fulfill it.  It was contrary to us, by condemning us for our neglect and transgression of it.  Our obligation to fulfill these ordinances was done away with when Christ was nailed to the cross.

The circumcision of the heart, the crucifixion of the flesh, the death and burial to sin and to the world, and the resurrection to newness of life, set forth in baptism, and by faith wrought in our hearts, prove that our sins are forgiven, and that we are fully delivered from the curse of the law.  Since every mortal man is, through the handwriting of the law, guilty of death, how very dreadful is the condition of the ungodly and unholy.  They are bound in the sphere of sin, the world, the flesh, and the devil so they are unable to respond to spiritual stimuli, totally devoid of spiritual life.  The blood of the Son of God alone can blot out this deadly handwriting.

He that is dead in sins is without spiritual or eternal life.  To be dead to sin is to be delivered from its power.  By the power of the gospel, we are buried with Christ, made alive together with Him and raised with Him.  When the Jews nailed Jesus to the cross, they drove the nails into their own law.  The old dispensation was ended; the blood of the new covenant was shed from the wounds of the nails.

In Greek “wiped out” is exaleipho, (ex-al-i’-fo); Strong’s #1813:  To smear out, obliterate (erase tears, pardon sin), blot out, wipe away.  From ek, “out” and aleipho, “to anoint”; hence, to wipe out, wipe off, wash.  The word means to wipe and signifies to wash, or to smear completely; hence, metaphorically, in the sense of removal, to wipe away, wipe off, obliterate sins, writing, a name in a book, and tears.

In Greek “forgiven” is charizomai, (khar-id’-zom-ahee); Strong’s #5483:  To grant as a favor, i.e. gratuitously, in kindness, pardon or rescue: – forgive, give, freely give, deliver, grant, frankly forgive.  Charizomai, as a verb, means “to bestow a favor unconditionally,” is used of the act of “forgiveness,” whether divine; or human.

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