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From: Lydia
Subject: Colossians 2:13-16


Could you please explain Colossians 2:13-16? Many Christians
interpret this verse to mean that with the death of Yeshua/Jesus that
God nailed the Law to the tree/cross. Is this what these verses are

"When you are dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful
nature, God made you alive in Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having
cancelled 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. And
having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of
them triumphing over them by the cross." NIV Col 2:13-15.

What do you do with this?

>From Eddie:

This passage is not that difficult to understand if we have an
understanding of our Hebraic roots in Messiah . However, many church
leaders ignorantly teach that these verses mean something that
it doesn't say (the Torah was nailed to the cross) when this verse
and the rest of the Bible does not say this. Let me explain briefly
some foundations of our faith which should help us to understand this

Sin = Transgression (violation) of the Torah (I John 3:4)

The soul that sins (violates the Torah) shall die (Ezek 18:20)

Our sin (violation of the Torah) separates us from God (Is 59:2)

There is none that does good (all have violated the Torah)
(Psalm 53:1-2, Romans 3:10-11)

The penality for sin (violation of the Torah) is death (Romans 6:23)

The wages of sin = death. Spiritual death = Separation from God.

If we don't repent of our sins (violating the Torah) we will
experience eternal separation from God. (Hebrews 9:27)

When we sin (violation of the Torah), we bring a curse upon ourselves.
(Deut 28:15)

When we obey God (keep the Torah), we bring blessing upon our lives.
(Deut 28:1-14)

When we don't repent from our sins (violation of the Torah), our
sins (violation of the Torah) brings God's judgment upon our lives.

So, sinning (violation of the Torah) without repentance brings the
judgement of God for sinning (violating the Torah) which is the curse
of God. These curses brought about by sinning (violation the Torah)
and not repenting of our sins (violating the Torah) are the ordinances
which God specified in His Torah for sinning (violating the Torah) that
are against us (the curse for violating the Torah).

Yeshua/Jesus paid this penalty for our sin (violating the Torah)
upon the tree/cross when He shed His blood on the tree/cross.

It is the blood that makes atonement for sin (violating the Torah).
(Lev 17:11)

The blood of Yeshua/Jesus through repentance and accepting Him as our
Lord and Savior remits our past sins (violating the Torah).
(Eph 1:7, Col 1:14)

Therefore, a correct understanding of the text should read:

"When you are dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful
nature, (because you violated the Torah and was subject to the
judgment of God for unrepentent sin which is the curse of God for
sinning (violating the Torah) and eternal separation from God) God made
you alive in Christ (paid the penalty for our sin through repentance and
His shed blood on the tree/cross). He forgave us all our sins (violating
the Torah by repenting) having cancelled the written code with its
regulations, that was against us and stood against us (the curse of God
and eternal separation from Him for sinning -- violating the Torah - and
not repenting of our sins) nailing it (the penalty for our sins --
violating the Torah), to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and
and authorities (who triumph when people don't repent of their sins
because the wages of sin is death) he made a public spectacle of them
triumping over them by the cross (when people repent of their sins and
accept the Messiah into there hearts and lives and allow the blood of
Messiah which was shed on the tree/cross) NIV Col 2:13-15

So, what was nailed to the cross was the PENALTY for sin (which
is VIOLATING the Torah) (I John 3:4). The curse was for BREAKING the
Torah (Deut 28:15-67). The BLESSING was for KEEPING the Torah
(Deut 28:1-14).

However, in traditional Christianity, we have been
been taught that the curse comes by keeping the Torah when the Bible
says exactly the opposite. Jesus Himself said in Matthew 5:17-19 that
those who BREAK the Torah/commandments of God and teaches others to do
so (most of historical Christianity for the past 2,000 years) will be
called LEAST in the Kingdom of God but those who KEEP the Torah /
commandments of God, will be called GREAT in the Kingdom of God.

I hope that this explanation will help you to better understand
the passage of Colossians 2:13-15.

Eddie Chumney
Hebraic Heritage Ministries Int'l


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