Colossians 2:14, “[God cancelled] the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This He set aside, nailing it to the cross.”
No long description today, just a brief thought to consider….think about the imagery that the Holy Spirit leads Paul to use here. The “record of debt” or “handwritten decree” that stood against us–in the context of our standing before God–would be the record of our sin. This, Paul says, God set aside. How? By nailing it to the cross….
This is staggering imagery. Some have said that the picture intended here is that the note recording our sin is metaphorically nailed to Christ as He hangs on the cross–and that may be what Paul intends. But it seems to me that the intention is to present Christ Himself as the one who becomes the record of our debt…it is our incarnate Lord who becomes our sin (2 Cor.5:21), who bears our sins in His own body (1 Peter 2:24), and whose flesh is inscribed by the pen of Justice so that He Himself becomes the record of our rebellion–the record that is abolished on the cross.
For those who are trusting in Christ as Lord, God, Savior, and only hope…the record of their sins–past, present, and future–have been set aside, nailed to the cross.