When you were dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having cancelled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
As we pick up from the last passage, we see right away the connection we discovered. Notice the link between “dead in your sins” and “uncircumcision.” Here they are used interchangeably, and since they are used this way, we can be certain, as we were last time, that circumcision here is not the literal procedure done in physical terms. While we were in our sins then, God made us alive in Christ and forgave our sins. So far, this is easy to understand, and wonderful to behold, full as it is with the love and mercy of a loving Father in heaven. It gets even better…
God cancelled the “written code” with its “regulations” that were “against us.” So not only have our sins been forgiven, not only have we been made alive in Christ, but the Law that condemned us has been ended; from now on it’s all about Christ!
God, in effect, nailed the old laws and rules to the cross with Christ and killed it. Christ rose from the grave, we rose with Him from baptism (2:12) and the written code remains in the grave… and there’s still more…
In doing this, God has “disarmed” the “powers and authorities” and triumphed over them at the cross. These “powers and authorities” are the very ones who accuse us. Even now they may try to accuse, but they have been defeated at the cross; the ballgame is really over! Our sins are forgiven, we are alive in Christ, and when they attempt to accuse, they are exposed for the liars they have always been, for there is no written code any more.
This is one of the great liberating facts of our Faith. Those accusers have no audience with God, for they have been humiliated by the cross. Who is the one who accuses? It is Satan, his allies and those who would do his bidding on the earth. What Jesus has done for us on the cross has rendered their accusations altogether irrelevant, and we need not be concerned with them ever again.
What a gracious and loving Heavenly Father we have− what a glorious Lord we follow!
There can be no doubt that we are indeed a blessed people.
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