Col 2:14 – Jesus Nailed The Law To The Cross!

Ask just about any Christian if they believe they should keep YHVH’s “Law” and you will likely see them flipping to this verse to prove that the “Law” no longer applies and that we are saved by grace and no longer need to follow the “Law”.


Colossians 2:14

(ESV)  by canceling the record of debt [G5498] that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.

(KJV)  Blotting out the handwriting [G5498] of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

(NASB)  having canceled out the certificate [G5498] of debt [G5498] consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

(TLV)  He wiped out the handwritten record of debts [G5498] with the decrees against us, which was hostile to us. He took it away by nailing it to the cross.

In Cor 2:14 it clearly states that the “certificate of debt” is being removed on the cross, not the decrees or ordinances.

Thayer’s Greek Lexicon describes this record of debt as…

 ...metaphorically, applied in Colossians 2:14 ((where R. V. bond)) 
to the Mosaic law, which shews men to be chargeable with offences 
for which they must pay the penalty.

The Mosaic Law (“The Torah”, or first 5 books the Bible written by Moses) does indeed show us where we have gone astray of YHVH’s will and in doing so we are held accountable for that sin.

Rom 5:12-13 NASB  Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned—  [13]  for until the Law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed [G1677] when there is no law.

We “owe a debt” for those sins that the Law made clear to us and in doing so, imputed [G1677] or “put on our account” that which we could not pay.

Rom 6:23 NASB  For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

This is what Yeshua took away on the cross… the death penalty charge for our sins of not following YHVH’s commands, His perfect law. (Psa 19:7)

Can we all agree that the purpose of the cross was to remove our sin debt?

Rom 5:8 NASB  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners [G268], Christ died for us.

What was nailed to the cross was the debt you owed for breaking YHVH’s Law… Death!  Paid in full by Messiah Yeshua, the free gift of YHVH.

Rom 6:23 NASB  For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Messiah Yeshua paid that penalty for you, that should you believe into Him you might be saved from the only punishment (death) suitable for the breaking of YHVH’s commandments (Torah) which according to 1John 3:4 is the very definition of sin.

1Jn 3:4 NASB  Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness.

Rom 4:15 NASB  for the Law brings about wrath, but where there is no law, there also is no violation.

To teach that Col 2:14 proves that YHVH’s Torah has been replaced with Yeshua’s sacrifice on the cross, is an absolute false teaching! 


If you read Col 2:14 to say that the Law no longer exists, then you are saying that there is nothing to drive sinners to the free gift Messiah is offering as payment for the death penalty that disobeying YHVH’s Torah imputes.

Gal 3:24 NASB  Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, so that we may be justified by faith.

Ask yourself this:

  • If the Law is done away with with Yeshua dying on the cross, then what are we repenting from when we turn to Him for salvation?
  • If the law points out what sin is, how can we still be sinners if it’s “done away with”, “nailed to the cross” and no longer relevant?
  • How can Christians on one hand tell would be converts “repent of your sins and accept Jesus” and then on the other hand say that YHVH’s Torah is no longer valid, when it’s what defines the very thing that you must repent of, sin!

Rom 5:19-6:2 NASB  For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.  [20]  The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,  [21]  so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  [6:1]  What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?  [2]  May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?

The Bible teaches very clearly that you are no longer bound to the debt owed for your past sins when you accept the free gift of salvation through reliance on Messiah Yeshua’s (Christ Jesus’) work on the cross.

Nowhere does the Bible say that YHVH’s perfect Torah (Psa 19:7) is no longer applicable. That same perfect law that He promises not even an “iota or dot” will pass away from before the Earth passes away. (Mat 5:18)

There should be no doubt on the matter, considering Yeshua’s own plainly spoken words on the matter…

Mat 5:17 NASB  “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.

Joh 14:21 NASB  “He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.”

1Jn 2:4 NASB  The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;

Be a Berean, Read Your Bible!




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