What Was Blotted Out


Nailed to the Stake with Messiah Yahshua?

Colossians 2: 13-23 is an interesting section of the Bible that has been used to teach that the Biblical Law has been canceled.

Popular Christian doctrine teaches that Biblical Law has been done away with and that once you say that little prayer accepting "Jesus" into your heart you will just become a good person knowing all the right things to do through faith and love;  therefore, "Jesus" brought the law to an end, and we just don’t need it anymore.

Actually, the Scriptures say nothing about a little prayer accepting "Jesus" into your heart; and his name was not "Jesus."  People who do this do not automatically have the "law in their heart," and do not automatically know the right things to do; this has been observed over and over.  One cannot trust the accuracy of Christian doctrines simply because they have been believed for years.

I have stated the above, because when the translators had these erroneous doctrines in mind, and many of them did, the choices from the possible words for the translation became slanted to support personal beliefs.  A truly objective mind is a rare thing; one must place his own beliefs on the table with all the other possibilities and then begin the search for truth.

So holding to the Christian doctrine that the Biblical Law has been canceled, the translators selected words that made Colossians 2 appear to support this idea.  Colossians 2 cannot be easily  understood today by just reading the Bible, because there were many things that the writer was assuming the reader already knew.  And indeed, at the time it was written the reader did have a background of common knowledge that brought a clarity of understanding not experienced by today’s average Bible reader.  For example, verses 20 and 21 are taught in Christian doctrines to be referring to Torah, Biblical Law.

Colo 2:20 (KJS) Wherefore if ye be dead with [Messiah] from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
Why would Paul be telling the gentiles (vs 1:27 identifies his audience), who had never kept Torah, not to act as though they were living in the world (vs 2:20) keeping Torah?  It does not make sense, does it?  The believer from Colosse in that day knew that Paul was referring to their previous worldly belief in Gnosticism.  A belief which taught that spirit was good and matter or the physical was completely evil; and that man should not enjoy touching, tasting, or handling things (vs 2:21).  Verse 2:22 describes their previous religious decrees (see the Greek) or ordinances as "doctrines of men."  Scripture would never refer to Torah, Yahweh’s Laws, as "doctrines of men."

Going back now to verse 2:14, we see the word "ordinances" in the KJV, ASV and Young’s Literal; and "regulations" in the NIV.  The Greek word is "dogma" which can mean "rules" or the application of a rule, as in a "decree."  Verse 11-13 tells us that by putting off sin, because we believe in the Messiah, and being immersed, he has given us life by forgiving our transgressions.  And he has done this (verse 14) by blotting out the "decree" written against each of us (the death sentence for our sinning) nailing it with himself to the stake.

If you carefully check the word order and phrasing in King James verses 15, 16, and 17 you will see this:
And He has overcome the world (verse 15).  Therefore, (verse 16) let no man, except those in the body of the Messiah (verse 17),  judge how you eat or drink (dietary laws), or your honoring of the holydays, new moon days, or Sabbaths; which are a shadow of things to come.

Colo 2:15 (KJS) [And] having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath [days]:
17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body [is] of {Messiah}.
NOTE: These brackets [ ] are around the word "is," because it does not appear in the underlying Greek manuscript.  Let no man judge you except those in the body of the Messiah.