The Truth Will Set Us Free
Read Colossians Chapter 2
Col 2:13 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, 14 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. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
This is another passage which should give us great comfort. As we have studied in past lessons, the written code and its regulations required that SSA men be put to death. That is no longer the case, as clearly stated here. Jesus canceled out the required harsh treatment of sexual sinners through His work on the cross. Today, let us further examine how this impacts our lives. However, there is no question but that our understanding is only the tip of the iceberg. There is much more involved here than we can imagine or grasp.
- Christ’s sacrifice on the cross canceled the penalty of death for all who believe in Him. The death penalty had been imposed on SSA offenders. It has been lifted forever. We must continually thank Him for the rest of our lives and for all eternity.
- The regulations of the written code were against us. They were hard and fast rules, totally unalterable. The Israelites had no choice but to carry out its decrees. Mercy was not an option that was available to those who were charged with enforcing the rules. In today’s terms, that would mean the church would be forced to declare us unredeemable. And we could not be reinstated at a later date.
- The best part is that the code and regulations have been “nailed to the cross.” They cannot be retrieved or reinstated. They are equally as dead as our sins are permanently forgiven. Our sins (both past and future) were forgiven when Christ died; they no longer exist. By the same token, the rules and regulations are dead. They can no longer be enforced.
Isn’t it ironic that many churches today haven’t grasped the reality of what happened at the cross! Our churches are still steeped in legalism. Many repentant men have been expelled from “Christian” churches over the issue of homosexuality. How very sad! The rules and regulations today still apply to the unbeliever, those who have not accepted Christ as their Savior. It does not apply to we who have been redeemed by Christ. We cannot allow mankind to bind us anew to the restrictions of the old covenant.
That said, how far can we go in exercising our freedom? Can we now allow ourselves to be completely free from any restrictions in regard to same-sex attractions? No, the New Testament also asks us to put aside our same-sex thoughts and actions. Our goal in life is to obey every commandment and instruction from God’s word. Therefore, we must continue to “work out our salvation” by doing all we can to avoid such things.
The difference now is that when we fail at that task, we are no longer condemned. And fail we will, occasionally, for our human nature remains a force within our being. There will be times when we choose to sin, even though we know we will regret it later. The good news is that no church, no pastor, and no church leader can enforce the Old Testament code and its regulations. No one has the right to impose upon us the penalty for our mistake, if we are repentant.
Let us accept the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Let us be quick to repent in all sincerity. But let us also be quick to accept the forgiveness that He bestowed upon us as stated in verse 13. Finally, let us rejoice in the truth, that we are no longer subject to the written code and its regulations. Wow, that’s great!!
Prayer: Lord, how I wish I had known this truth when I was a teenager. I pray that every SSA man grasp the reality of what You did for us on the cross. Give us understanding in such a way that our gratitude will overwhelm us. Thank You for what You have accomplished on our behalf. Thank You for disarming those powers and authorities who would condemn us and take away our freedom in Christ.