Was the law, the body of Father’s guidelines and instructions, itself “against us” or contrary to us?
Col 2:14 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;
I’ve seen this verse discussed and the conclusion drawn that “the law”, the instructions and guidelines from our Heavenly Father – or at least parts of it – were nailed to Yeshua’s cross. The verse above, needs just a little context (a few verses here, the rest of the context is in your bible), to discern what was against us. Here are the verses in two different translations:
KJV 13 ¶ And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 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;
15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
ESV Colossians 2:13 ¶ And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,
14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.
15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.
I think it is inaccurate to describe the law (and I am not sure I buy the different classifications of law, moral, ceremonial etc.) itself as “against us”, but rather our transgressions of the law with the penalties were against us.
Here’s what I believe is being taught here: Even in man’s system of government there are laws and penalties for thieving, stealing, shoplifting etc. If one is caught stealing they get a charge or a “ticket” written up for breaking the law, if found guilty, they are subject to a penalty.
The charges and the penalty, that is what is “against” and “contrary to us”, the law itself is there to help and protect, but is not against us until we violate it. It is also only by violating the law that we put ourselves under it, or under the law!
In addition, the dogma or ordinances, that are spoken of here are referring to man-made by rulers and authorities, those definitely stood against us. Many of them dogmas, even the non-biblical traditions of the church, can actually keep people from simple obedience of the law, being replaced with traditions and doctrines of men, countless of them…. And we certainly don’t want to be subject to those ordinances, why would we, when we’ve been set free, working on deliverance, and enabled to love God and our neighbor… See later in Colossians.
What’s your take on this?