Christ conquered sin in the flesh. Yet it should not. “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out … In Colossians 2:16, Paul is thought by many to have abolished the days God made holy. Here is proof from the Bible making PLAIN these often misunderstood verses! The “blotting out the handwriting of ordinances” simply means (as in Acts 3: 19) that the sins committed, the human works of the mind and flesh resulting in disobedience to Yahweh’s law have been blotted out. A great deal of confusion seems to surround the meaning of Col. 2:14-17. In Deuteronomy 31, God told Moses to write the words of the Law in a book which was to serve as a witness against the people. Other translations of Colossians 2:14 bring out the same truth in various ways: “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances . It reads "handwriting of ordinances." Did these Scriptural days foreshadow things to come? Colossians 2:14 says Christ blotted out the “handwriting of ordinances that was against us.” This could not refer to the Law of God. wiping out the handwriting in ordinances which was against us; and he has taken it out of the way, nailing it to the cross; Young's Literal Translation having blotted out the handwriting in the ordinances that is against us, that was contrary to us, and he hath taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross; Yahweh has fully forgiven our sins because of the death of His Son on the tree. .” (KJV). Even in the New Testament we read the same descriptive language in reference to that law. to wipe away, wipe off, obliterate" ( Vine's Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words, 1985, "blot out"). Pagan Holidays - or God's Holy Days - Which? The “handwriting of ordinances… Let’s now see how the context of Colossians proves how this “handwriting of ordinances” refers to the record of our sins. blotting out the handwriting of ordinances to the post (His cross). It was a pagan Roman world, filled with foolish and vain traditions. Note the future and subjunctive (also future) tenses. What is ignored on the blotting out of the handwriting of ordinances is the fact that Colossians 2:11-14 focuses on, not merely the time of Jesus’ death, but the time the believers appropriated the benefits of His death to themselves through the then initiatory act of baptism. Did you catch it? . When Christ was impaled or crucified on the cross or "tree," He was made a curse by taking our sins. In other words, a note of debt or a note of guilt. Colossians 2 explains: "In whom [Christ] also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ" (verse 11). Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; [ Col 2:14] … The scripture tells us the Colossians WERE keeping those days. Colossians 2:16 includes BOTH weekly AND annual Sabbaths! Paul used this very word in Colossians 2:8, "Beware lest any man spoil you through PHILOSOPHY and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments [or basic concepts] of the world and not after Christ." They were given to the Church in order to keep the Church in the knowledge of that plan. Apparently, they severely judged the true Christians for the least infraction of ascetic behavior. So these little-understood verses ought to be translated clearly: "Let no man therefore judge you... but [rather let] the body of Christ [determine it]." And that is exactly what the Colossians were doing — observing the weekly Sabbaths. “Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;” King James Version (KJV) The answer is in the next verse: "(Touch not; taste not; handle not; which are all to perish with the using;) AFTER THE COMMANDMENTS AND DOCTRINES or MEN?" It came later to refer to any acknowledgment of debt. Not only is the weekly Sabbath a memorial of creation but it also foreshadows the seventh 1000 years, and the millennial rule of Christ. The Greek Lexicon of the New Testament by Parkhurst gives the meaning of cheirographon: "Anything written with the hand... a bond, note of hand ... it signifies sort a of note under a man's hand, whereby he obliges himself to the payment of any debt."