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 Colossians 2:13-15 NIV “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, 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. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”

Colossians 2:13 – 15 AMP “And you who were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh (your sensuality, your sinful carnal nature), God brought to life together with Christ, having freely forgiven us all our transgressions. Having cancelled and blotted out and wiped away the handwriting of the note (bond) with its legal decrees and demands which was in force and stood against us (hostile to us). This note with its regulations, decrees, and demands He set aside and cleared completely out of our way by nailing it to His cross. God disarmed the principalities and powers that were raged against us and made a bold display and public example of them, in triumphing over them in Him and in it (the cross).”

The written code, or ordinances, with its regulations that were against us and that stood opposed to us refers to ‘the law’ – this is the Law of Moses, which Hebrews 8:13 explains was rendered obsolete by the New Covenant which went into effect at Christ’s death and resurrection.   There can be no remission for sin without the shedding of Blood. There was (is) no one closer to God or more highly regarded by Him than His Son so when Jesus willingly, by His own volition, gave His life and allowed His own Blood and Body to be  exchanged for us to insure that our souls live eternally, there was no Higher or Greater sacrifice that ever could occur any where at any time simply because nothing Higher exists. So when we Honor His Son, God in turn, will honor us. One way we honor Him is through understanding and accepting by faith His Son’s gift adding nothing to this action of sacrifice (our works)  because the only action that counts is His.

There are great benefits when we Honor the Son but you must respect the importance of Jesus’ Blood to God. I do not profess to entirely understand this  – blood is scary – why can’t it be hair, bone, skin, an eyeball or a kidney?  For God, it is all about Blood. A symbolic tree is safe and pretty but dilutes the message of pure Jesus and the significance of His Blood. Jesus hanging on a tree (the Cross)  became Life.  Blood is Life for without it you cannot live. The New Covenant is based on Blood and simply stated; if not for it we would experience eternal damnation. So, be all about Jesus and His Blood and gain understanding of your authority and the redemptive hard fought covenant benefits won through it for you at the Exchange as Jesus intercedes for us. His sacrifice covers the scope of every human need: Healing (Rapha, Exodus 15:26), Provision (Jireh,Genesis 22:14), God’s presence, Victory over darkness (Nissi, Exodus 17:15), Peace (Shalom, Judges 6:24), Pastor/shepherd (Ra-ah, Psalm 23:1)  Redeemer of righteousness (Tsidkenu, Jeremiah 23:6) Sanctifier (M’ Kaddesh, Leviticus 20:8). You now stand from victory and not from defeat – the battle has already been won for you. Honor Him by embracing and walking out your benefits.What we have been given is a miracle.

His Blood cleanses us making us holy, just and good in the sight of God when nothing else does. His Blood awards us ownership rights to authority over Satan. His Blood redeems us from performance-based acceptance, reprioritizing us because who can surpass what He did for us on the cross? Our salvation is solely based on Jesus’ goodness and faithfulness. When we understand the grace that we have been given, we desire to live rightfully to honor, serve and esteem Him. The New Covenant reflects God’s new heart, “I will remember your sins NO MORE.” Grace (love) now becomes the great motivator for repentance – rather than repentance being fueled by negative fear, condemnation or control. We can only be right with God through the marvelous Grace of the Exchange, which cancels the code of the law. God cannot see your Blood covered sin. A law, any law, is based on refraining from the bad to preserve the good but the best is the knowledge and revelation of grace where there is an internal desire that drives us to be good because of the knowledge and gratitude of what Christ did for us. This knowledge also draws us into relationship with Him, a relationship which is based in love – not fear or condemnation by Him. God is love. This is the better way.

John 14:25-27 NIV “ Jesus replied, “If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me. “All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace, I leave with you; my peace I give you. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid …..

Is peace achieved through the law or through grace? Does the counsel of the Holy Spirit reside in law or grace? It is through the ministry of the Holy Spirit (the Teacher) that we gain full revelation of the covenants and authority we now own.

Colossians 1:19-23 NIV “For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood shed on the cross. Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now He has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in His sight, without blemish and free from accusation – if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the Gospel.”

The code of  the Law is canceled by Honoring the Son, understanding His sacrifice and acknowledging His grace. The seed of Honoring Him sows a harvest of blessing, health, favor, promotion, advancement, provision and protection.

Tracy Gatewood

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