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Thursday, June 19, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Colossians 2:13-17(NASB)
13 When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15 When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him. 16 Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day-- 17 things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.
Verse 14 reminds me of the words "It is finished" that Jesus said on the cross. In that day, "It is finished" was written on a debt instrament to note that it was paid in full. On the cross, he wiped out of sin debt once and for all. All the charges that Satan can bring against us were tacked up to the cross with Jesus. It's interesting that Paul has Jesus disarming the powers-that-be. They still had their spears and swords, but they couldn't hold back His kingdom.

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