Nailed to the Cross
Here is a subject that has had me pondering over for quite a long while, there have been loads of conflicting things said on this subject, but most of them make absolutely no sense at all, especially when you examine them closely, so what is more logical on this subject, let us firstly read the quoted verse, Colossians 2:14 “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;” Now the commonest thing named to be the “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us,” is the 10 Commandments. Exodus 20:1-2 “And God spake all these words, saying, I [am] the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.” 1 John 3:4 “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” Matthew 1:21 “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people “FROM” their sins.” Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Revelation 20:14-15 “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
With this short list of verses read, and there is so much more, the conclusion is simple, trying to remove the 10 Commandments means that there is “No Death or dying,” and God has also removed himself from off his throne, and lying Satan was correct all along, Genesis 3:5 “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” John wrote this statement many decades after Calvary, 1 John 2:3-4 “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” So the Disciples certainly did not believe such a ridiculous thing, Matthew 5:48 “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” So there is no evidence to support such a concept, it is a deadly lie, for broadly speaking, “Perfect,” is a legal term for when you are judged and inspected closely, all the charges brought against you are all thrown out as there is no evidence to back them up or to substantiate them.
The other theory uplifted is this, “It was the Mosaic Law,” as it was written by hand by Moses himself, and put in a pocket on the side of the Ark of the Covenant. Let us now examine this concept then. Matthew 26:29 “But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” Now this is the “Passover Cup,” that Jesus promises to drink with all the redeemed in Heaven, on “Passover,” so this theory is already looking very suspect and shaky. Isaiah 66:23 “And it shall come to pass, [that] from one new moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.” Isaiah clearly states that in Eternity, all the Redeemed in Heaven come together for the weekly Sabbath, as well as the monthly “New Moon” celebration. 1 Kings 4:22-23 “And Solomon’s provision for one day was thirty measures of fine flour, and threescore measures of meal, ten fat oxen, and twenty oxen out of the pastures, and an hundred sheep, beside harts, and roebucks, and fallow deer, and fatted fowl.” 1 Kings 4:27 “And those officers provided victual for king Solomon, and for all that came unto king Solomon’s table, every man in his month: they lacked nothing.” Reading around this verse, and looking at the “Cycle of the Priests,” each Priest only served for a session basically once a year, then back home again to plant and reap and family. Luke 1:5 “There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife [was] of the daughters of Aaron, and her name [was] Elisabeth.” Zacharias served his cycle of direct priestly ministry, “of the course of Abia,” and then went home.
Back to King Solomon; it appears that the 12 Tribes of Israel, were each allotted “One Month,” in which to provide the food, supplies, as well as the cooks, cleaners, maids, waiters and waitresses, doormen, just on everything to run the Court for the month, supplies, food, menus, food prep, cooks, cleaners and bottle washers, everything, and at the end of the month, they all went back home, and the next tribe rolled in, a sort of “Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.” Revelation 22:2 “In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, [was there] the tree of life, which bare twelve [manner of] fruits, [and] yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree [were] for the healing of the nations.” This is right in with “One Tribe, One Month,” Twelve Tribes, Twelve Months, with each tribe, and the people of that tribe having a chance to personally take a very active role in the Court of Heaven. “New Moon Festival;” out marches the one Tribe, and in marches the next Tribe just as the Tree of Life bursts out in a brand new fruit variety. Try to throw out the “Ceremonial Law,” and health reform and diet, even Messiah himself and so much more out, then you just get “Baby Bath Water” concept. 1 Corinthians 10:31 “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” This verse totally torpedo’s and sinks this flimsy theory.
Question; So what actually got nailed to the Cross?? Here is something from the “Ancient Near East,” that makes so much more sense. Let us play a “Modern Parable,” and set it long long ago in a land far far away. Let us postulate that I loan a large sum of money to a neighbour, they cried and sobbed out their woes, it was a “Bridging Loan,” for just a few weeks, lots of promises, so I give them my “Tax Money,” as that is not due for a couple of months, no worries. They immediately skip town, I am arrested for the “Debt,” and thrown into the “Debtors Prison.” The amount of my debt is hand written onto a piece of leather parchment, and nailed to my prison door. There I will stay until the debt is paid in full, so as each payment is made, it is carefully written below the debt, a new total is displayed for everybody to see, so family and friends scrape and save, sell off what they can, the final payment is written down, the door swings open, and I am free to go. Gleefully I grasp that leather parchment, as it proves the Judges Verdict, “Innocent,” or inspected and found to be “Perfect.” I can show gleefully any mockers, that I am indebted to nobody, so “All Debts Paid,” I am free, upright and totally Perfect.
Matthew 18:28 “But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took [him] by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.” Nailed to the door of this cell was a Debt of “one hundred pence,” locked up until the debt was fully paid and settled. A couple of verses earlier we have this, Matthew 18:24-25 “And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.” Luke 12:58-59 “When thou goest with thine adversary to the magistrate, [as thou art] in the way, give diligence that thou mayest be delivered from him; lest he hale thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison. I tell thee, thou shalt not depart thence, till thou hast paid the very last mite.” Wages of Sin; can you ever repay your sin debt, or repay Jesus for that Debt? You obtain your “Leather Parchment” or “White Stone.”
Now back to the start, Colossians 2:14 “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;” Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 3:23 “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” So each one of us has fallen short, we are in a situation where we are in “Debt,” and cannot ever repay our “Debt,” and we shall all die locked away in “Debtors Prison.” Unable to pay, and Ancient Rome at times even Crucified you to make more prison space. Then along comes Jesus Christ, he chats to us, we accept his kind wonderful offer to pay our huge “Debt,” the jailors key clanks in the prison door, the door swings open, we are free, Jesus gives us that leather parchment, proving our debt has been paid in full, we are announced as “Perfect,” not because of anything we have done, but all because of what he has done in and through us. John 8:11 “She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” Romans 8:1 “[There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Hebrews 10:17 “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.” Hebrews 9:22 “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.” Hebrews 10:26-27 “For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.” Hebrews 10:18 “Now where remission of these [is, there is] no more offering for sin.” So what option makes the most sense, and is way closer to all scripture? Is it not the “Debtors Prison,” released from Egypt/Sin, bondage, and slavery to sin, and then on release we gratefully clutch our leather parchment, proving that we are sinless and perfect, all because of what he did, he died on Calvary in my very place, on my very cross, so that I might live, really live, eternal living in the reality of Heaven? Do you want to give Jesus your Debt, let him die in your place, your debt nailed to his cross, debt paid in full, “Perfect,” Matthew 5:48 “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” Let us nail our Past, in the Past, just nailed to the Cross of Jesus.