For example, in Colossians 2:14 alone, there is a plethora of interpretations as to what Paul meant by the handwriting that was against us. According to Gill, there were these various views. Some believe it was the covenant with Adam Gen 2:17; some believe it was the Mosaic Covenant, Exo 24:7; others say it was the book of conscience; and still others, the ceremonial law. Who is right?
I actually believe it was all of the above but, in a slightly different way. It is not that the Law in general is not a good thing and, even something that men should strive to obey. I believe it is. Rather, It is the process of read and do…with our acceptance before God at stake; it is being on a working contract with God that causes the problem that Jesus over came with the cross.
Col 2:13-15 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, (14) 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. (15) Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
Notice that forgiveness of trespasses is the result of wiping out the handwriting of the commandments…. taking it out of the way by nailing it to the cross. But, he also disarmed principalities and powers. This is primarily Satan the accuser of the brethren (Rev 12:10) but, he takes the form of the religious leaders. The principalities and powers is not just Satan and his minions, no, it is those who have disguised themselves as an angle of light. If indeed there is anything at all to the concept of demonic strong men, and I quite frankly believe there is then….the absolute strong man of strong men, is the demon of religion…..the harbinger of read and do.
This is precisely why the dynamics of the New Covenant is completely different than the Old Covenant. Under the Old Covenant there was a handwriting of commandments and ordinances that were often not kept and, never kept with a complete obedience and therefore there was a necessity for substitutionary sacrifices after the infractions. Under the New Covenant, one sacrifice….the cross of Jesus handled all infractions once for all time.
This understanding of the New Covenant results in a true love and true worship of God….from that place of love and worship we are set free to serve God by serving others in love.