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“having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.”


“And He has taken it out of the way”

Jesus fulfilled the law (Romans 8:2). He took away its debt. Jesus discharged us from the debt of the law (Galatians 3:13). He disannulled the obligation of the law.

“Has taken” in the Greek tense indicates that God takes away the indictment permanently. God will never judge us again. Jesus personally carried the judgment by the law against us.

Since Jesus permanently took away our sins, God will never judge us for our sin again. God will never make an issue of our sins again. Instead, he only makes an issue out of Jesus’ work upon the cross. Jesus lifted our sin and carried it away.

“having nailed it to the cross”

God does away with the judgment of the law by the cross (Galatians 3:25; Hebrews 7:12). Legalism is, therefore, contrary to the Christian life because the believer stands dead to the law in Christ. Jesus was publicly nailed to the cross as a debt was nailed in a public place as a notice of liability.

God not only cancels the ordinances of the law, but he also removes the ordinance itself from leveling any further charges against us. The nailing up of the removed thing was prior to the taking out of the way. The nailing of the removed thing was the triumph to the cross.

The death of Christ on the cross not only rendered the law ineffective, but it gave a public demonstration that the victory was complete. As the law hangs fast to the cross, it is publicly apparent to all that the law has no more demands upon us. God fixed the law to the cross with nails.

God wipes out the indictment against us on the cross. The indictment itself was crucified. This is unadulterated grace. The list of charges against us was based on the law. This list was wiped out by the law.

The very indictment against us was crucified. God wipes it out as if it never existed. He executed it on the cross. When Christ was nailed to the cross, the law was nailed there as well.


The cross is of infinite value to the person who takes advantage of its work.


God will never judge our sins again. Jesus lifted our sin and carried it away. Sin was permanently and personally judged on the cross by Jesus’ death for our sin. We will never face our sin again under the law of double jeopardy. The law of double jeopardy means that it is wrong to pay for a crime twice. If Jesus paid for our sins, it is wrong that we would have to pay for them as well. God removes sin permanently. The only issue left is what will we do with the work of Christ on the cross. Have you received the work of Christ on the cross as sufficient suffering for your sin?