It’s question and answer day! I get lots of emails now for some reason. I’m humbled and grateful that some would take the time to write me. I don’t have time to reply back to all the notes I get from facebook, youtube, twitter and the website but I do try to read them all so please be understanding. I really am grateful.
Today I answer questions from Jennifer and Kevin. Usually I try to set aside great questions when I get them for a video later.
Colossians 2:14-16 comes up A LOT! Enjoy the video!
[dropcap3]IT[/dropcap3] – What is “it”? What is nailed to the cross? According to the Greek text in this verse, it (autos) is the cheirographon, the hand-written certificate of debts. Isn’t that clear enough? What Yeshua nailed to the cross (metaphorically) is our debt accounting record, the record of all our sins that condemns us. Yeshua took away that piece of paper that said, “You owe.” But if you read this verse in the NIV, there is a significant change. The NIV says, “having canceled the written code with its regulations.” According to the NIV, the Torah was nailed to the cross, not the debts we accumulated due to disobedience but the regulations themselves! This mistaken translation (or was it deliberate?) finds its way into popular Greek lexicons too. Thayer’s Greek Lexicon suggests that Paul applies cheirographon metaphorically for “the Mosaic law.” In other words, some Christian theologians and translators simply converted a document that specified our debts into the entire legal system of rules!