“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” (Colossians 2:14).
The Apostle Paul is writing to a church that is beginning to see the intrusion of false teachers who are trying to convince Christians in Colossae to look to more than just Jesus as they seek a relationship with God.
Some of these false teachers are Jews who would like to hold on to the “handwriting of ordinances” for spiritual guidance. Paul says that law—the Law of Moses—was “against us” and “contrary to us,” meaning it lacked the element that would provide complete redemption to God. That element was the blood of Jesus. That law ended at the cross.
His point is designed to emphasize the necessity of looking only to Jesus as the Savior of the world. The modern world we live in needs that message as strongly as the Colossian brethren did: Jesus is our Savior, and the guidance He gives through His word is all we need in our quest to find God.