Handwriting Of Ordinances

“…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”

Colossians 2:14

In Colossians 2:9-15, Apostle Paul was revealing to the Colossian church (and to us), some of the things Christ achieved by virtue of His death on the cross, resurrection and subsequent ascension to the Right Hand of the Father.

Growing up, verse 14 used to be a really “popular” verse. It was the source of many a prayer point and cause of thanksgiving. In my mind’s eye, I used to imagine Jesus Christ busting into some subterranean chamber of Darkness to wipe my name off some blackboard, and rescuing some likeness of me from the clutches of evil ones (or village people🙃).

Verse 14 became all the more, a source of thanksgiving for me the day I got some more understanding about the verse. The word translated as “handwriting” is “cheirographon” in the original Greek text.

Cheirographon is a self-written note, in which one acknowledges that money has been deposited with him or lent to him by another, to be returned at the appointed time (Thayer definition, Strong-Lite).

Do you grasp the import of this?

By the natural working of God’s Justice, every man yet unsaved has a “self-written” note of ordinance and legal demands against him/her, because of that nature of sin (Rom 3:23, John 3:18- please, check them out).

When the sinner becomes a believer, this self-destructive “note” is taken away, and is “nailed to the cross”, in the sense that the believer is able to identify with the sacrifice of the cross that took the full penalty for the sins of man.

Can you see it? The unsaved Man is “literally” walking around with a self-destruct instruction by virtue of that nature of sin. It then makes sense that no matter how wise, moral or upright a man thinks himself to be, the eternal end-point is “destination death” if he does not follow The Way (Proverbs 16:25, John 14:6).

God does not “send” anyone to hell. The decision to be “chosen” or be damned lies in the hands of man. It’s your call.

While my mental envisioning of Colossians 2:14 is now quite different from what it used to be, I’ll forever remain grateful to God for saving me from myself.

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