The Written Code

Q. Thank God for the gift of teaching that He gave to you. It always refreshes my mind and strengthen my faith everyday. Today I am reading your article about our Lord Jesus Christ and I feel so blessed but when I came to this verse about the written code I wanted to learn more but I don’t have the wisdom. Perhaps you can discuss further about this code. What is it?

A. You’re referring to Colossians 2:14. which says,

He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.

The written code with its regulations that Paul referred to is God’s law, violations of which are sins. It was Paul’s way of saying that the Lord took all of our violations of God’s Law and nailed them to the cross, showing that He was voluntarily paying the penalty for all of them. (The Greek word translated “all” means each and every, and and all.)

He didn’t abolish the Law, but He canceled any past present or future liability we might have concerning it. Think of it as the ultimate form of immunity from prosecution.

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