13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
Nailed to the cross: 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.
A man/woman commits a crime; he/she is caught, convicted and sentenced. He/she serves his/her time, and while in prison (as many have done) feels a deep remorse and repents of his/her misdeeds, expressing a genuine sorrow for those he/she wronged. This criminal has a change of heart, however his/her flesh is still guilty. This is (guilty flesh) because when his/her punishment is complete, he/she must still live with the consequences of their past.
Folks, believe this, we are all guilty and the record of sins against us is daunting. Without the work of Christ on the cross, you and I could not escape the punishment for our own wrong doings.
Thankfully, Paul’s teaching to the Colossians serves as an encouragement to us that Jesus has not only forgiven us for every trespass against Him; He also has ERASED THE DEBT that was against us.
He has blotted out our guilty record. Because of the Cross, you and I have freedom from our past, and we are made alive to a new future in Christ.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the cross and Your forgiveness that covers all my sin.