When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled 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.
— Colossians 2:13-15 NIV

I know what you might be thinking: “Woah, this is a bunch of spiritual jargon that is completely over my head.” If that is not you, great; buckle up and dive into this rich theology with me. If that is you, then that is perfectly okay. This is a passage that is saturated full of really good stuff that can unlock a lot of hope because of what Jesus as done for us. So let’s dive in.

from death to life

What does it mean to go from death to life? How is that possible? What a stark contrast, to say that you were dead and now you are alive. Notice that it did not stop with that. The end of this verse changes this whole dynamic. Paul tells us how that it is possible to go from death to life. It is with Christ. Jesus is the key. 

our debt is cancelled 

So as a freshman, the unfortunate reality is that some will have to take out student loans to pay for school. Because of that, you will be in debt. Let’s pretend that you graduate (praise God) but with $30,000 in debt and the day before you have to start paying them back, some random person tells you that you don’t have to pay back the loans because they have already paid the money for you. This is similar to our situation (as sinful people) with God- we are indebted to God because of our sin. And because of God sent His son Jesus to die on the cross, He has canceled that debt. That is called grace- something that God gives us that we don’t deserve. Paul uses the same analogy. The greek word for “the written code” in this passage is cheirographori and it is described a written code of debt. This is huge because it is one that stood opposed to us. But Jesus took it away and nailed the payment of the debt, our debt, to the cross. The payment was Himself. 

Through this, our sins are canceled and we can be in relationship with God. We are made alive! What a stark difference that Christ made on our behalf. But that’s not it. Not only are we made alive but because Jesus was raised from the dead and triumphed over death. This action alone has proven God’s authority over Satan. Paul proclaims this hope to us. The powers and authorities that the enemy tries to tempt us with, oppress us with, fight us with, are useless. He has been defeated once and for all and he is disarmed of every weapon. This is our hope but only because of one key reason. Jesus is the key. 

Pray

God,
Thank You that You love me enough to die for me on the cross. You are my hope. Lord, help me to recognize that it is with You and You alone that I am forgiven. Help me to recognize my need for You. In the midst of temptation, may I call on You for help. In the midst of attack from the enemy, may I call on You. You are my hope Lord. Amen.

- Ladd Morgan