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. (Colossians 2:14)
The ordinance that was against us was the law, the 613 commandments that God instituted in the Old Testament. The law marked what was wrong and what was right. It described what God would accept and what He wouldn’t.
Breaking even the smallest part of the law was the same as breaking them all. The Mosaic law was so burdensome that no one could perfectly fulfill it, thereby proving the need for a Savior.
When Jesus died on the cross, His blood completely wiped out our sins. Have you ever erased anything, but you could still see the marks and even see the pen's indentations?
Your sins weren't just erased; they were blotted out. It is like an ink pen spilling its contents all over a sizeable legal document. You can no longer see any of the writing because the whole paper has been blotted out.
The blood of Christ is the ink that blotted out the sins of everyone who would accept Jesus and His sacrifice.
After sin was blotted out, Jesus took that page out of the book and nailed every accusation against you to the cross; never be taken down.
Those problems in your past - they don't exist anymore. Those sins you repented of, but you still feel guilty about are no longer recorded as accusations against you. So let the guilt go!
You have been forgiven, and you have been made free.
Practical Application – Don’t allow your past to come back and tell you that you aren’t fully forgiven or changed. When guilt tries to show up, remember the cross. Your sins and your past have been blotted out, torn out, and nailed to the cross. They are not coming back.
Galatians 3:24; Galatians 3:18