May 21, 2014

The Laws of Sin and Death

So what this post is going to be about is the laws of sin and death. Here is the scripture to get this started...

Colossians 2:14

14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.

There isn't a lot of talk at the pulpit with regard to these laws. Some people mix Colossians 2:14 into something that it doesn't say. Some people say that some of Old Testament commandments have been nailed to the cross. But how can the laws that are "holy, righteous, and good" be nailed to the cross? Romans 7:12. All of God's commandments can't be nailed to the cross because it's still bad to lie, it's still bad to steal, murder, and covet. God's commandments are for our best if we were to obey them. Certainly what came from God's own heart, for our best interest, hasn't been nailed to the cross and them alone don't stand against anyone condemning them. So what are the laws that stand condemning an unbeliever?...

The Laws of Sin and Death are the ordinances that are against an unbeliever condemning them. The laws basically teach that when someone sins, which all have, then they must die in order for the payment to be made. Or they can receive forgiveness through another person, or an animal, shedding their blood. There is no payment for the person without the shedding of blood. Christ and His sacrifice is very important!

So if you hear a message about Colossians 2:14 being preached about be aware if they fail to mention the laws of sin and death and or the content of... The laws of sin and death are the laws that are against a person. If they start to preach that God's commandments, that are for our good, have been nailed to the cross put a wall up... Colossians 2:14 is strictly talking about the laws of sin and death. That's it...

So since I mentioned "There is no payment for the person without the shedding of blood", lets see if there is a scripture to back this claim up.

Hebrews 9:22

22 Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins.

The reason why I mentioned "or an animal" above was because in the Old Testament they would offer sacrifices in faith in accordance with God's law. So with this passage below it will explain some important information about the difference between animal sacrifices and Christ's.

Hebrews 10:1-18

Christ's Sacrifice Once for All

10 For since the law has but a shadow of the good things to come instead of the true form of these realities, it can never, by the same sacrifices that are continually offered every year, make perfect those who draw near. 2 Otherwise, would they not have ceased to be offered, since the worshipers, having once been cleansed, would no longer have any consciousness of sins? 3 But in these sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. 4 For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.

5 Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said,

“Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired,
    but a body have you prepared for me;
6 in burnt offerings and sin offerings
    you have taken no pleasure.
7 Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God,
    as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’”
8 When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law), 9 then he added, “Behold, I have come to do your will.” He does away with the first in order to establish the second. 10 And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11 And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. 14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.

15 And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying,

16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them
    after those days, declares the Lord:
I will put my laws on their hearts,
    and write them on their minds,”
17 then he adds,

“I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”

18 Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.

So when you have your sins forgiven, through repentance, believing, and confessing, they are removed by the blood of the lamb. Proverbs 28:13. The Bible says the blood of goats and bulls can not take away sin. So the blood of Jesus is able to take it away. The blood of Jesus also as the power to remove your sin. Not just remove but to cleanse your conscious from those acts that you may be ashamed of because when you put your trust in God's word you can receive the peace of mind and heart that is truly amazing!...

Hebrews 9:14

How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

Same goes for an unbeliever too. When they repent, confess, and believe their sins can also be removed, through Jesus's blood, since the Bible teaches that Jesus died for the sins of all mankind.

John 1:29

29 The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!

So His blood is efficient to save your boss, your daughter-in-law, your mom, and your dad. Anyone who comes through faith, repentance, confessing, and believing can be forgiven and made new. 2 Corinthians 5. The Bible also teaches God desires everyone to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth. 1 Timothy 2:4. So His grace is sufficient for you as well as everyone else...

But if they don't repent the laws of sin and death apply to them. Through Christ is the only way for them to be forgiven.

John 14:6

6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.

So this is what Colossians 2:14 is talking about. These laws of sin and death are strictly what is being addressed. Don't be deceived into believing something contrary to God's law which is for our good.

Have a nice day and if you have a question, or topic, in mind please leave a comment below.

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