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Monday, February 20, 2006

Dogma Revisited

So I promised to tell you what I thought was the other significant time that the word 'dogma' was used in the bible.

When you read it you will notice straight away it is a verse that expresses almost identically the same truth in Ephesians 2:15 that I mentioned in the pre-cursor to this post, Dogma....still struggling (19th Feb). That truth is that Christ ended dogma as part of the package won for us at calvary by rendering the law and its ordinances useless. Except, with the following verse, Paul is a little more specific and descriptive in how Christ closed the lid on the whole law/dogma thing. Here it is:

Colossians 2:14 "Having blotted out the handwriting of ordinances (Dogma) that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to his cross."

As I said, the same revelation as the Ephesians verse. Except here the phrase 'blotted out' describes a very specific action. 'Blotted out' is a phrase translated to English from two Greek words. One is the prefix, 'ex' and the other means to' oil' or 'anoint'. The phrase 'blotted out' literally means 'ex-anoint.' It is the action of someone who uses a cloth or some lime to soak off the oil from something.

This to me is extremely grand and beautiful in that Paul tells us that what Christ did was soak up the anointing from the law and its requirements himself. He did this by fulfilling it and completing it. It was as if His prize for the law's perfect fulfillment was the anointing it had been given to govern God's people until the time of Christ came. Until the Christ, who's name means, "The Anointed One" came and gave us, as the writer of Hebrews puts it, 'a new and better covenant'.

Of course it doesn't stop there. The rest of the above verse says that he took the law and its dogmatic, unrelenting and oppressive rule over the people and nailed it to the cross. Only one thing was nailed to the cross and that was Christ himself. He took the completed covenant with him, fulfilled in his own flesh, and crucified it forever.

The law had been anointed and mandated to rule God's chosen people until the moment came when that anointing and mandate was soaked up, removed and taken up by the one who's yoke is easy and who's burden is light.

What does it mean to me?

It means the fight is over. Not only have I been forgiven by the blood of the New Covenant but also the requirements that stood against me and accused me, that were contrary to me, have been stripped of their anointing and power and taken away. It means I can rest in peace.

RIP
Simon
:)

4 Comments:

At 4:17 AM, Blogger SteveW said...

Bingo. You hit another bullseye. This is so hard for the natural mind to comprehend, trained under the cause and effect thinking of this world. Keep the Truth flowing Simon. Hearing it reminds us we are free and it simply to BE FREE that Christ set us free from the natural thinking of the world.

 
At 2:21 PM, Blogger Karen said...

exaleipho....
to cancel, wipe out, rub out, erase...

Still fits your message.
Good stuff, Simon!

 
At 2:43 PM, Blogger Simon said...

Thanks Karen for the additional definition which is infact figurative. The actual 2 root words are much more specific; Ex - means take away (same as in english) and Aleipho means 'to oil' or 'anoint'.

I make a point of it because to me the specific act of removing the anointing oil from the law as if Jesus himself were the blotter, is a beautiful picture that speaks a thousand (Million?) words.

 
At 6:11 PM, Blogger Tom Reindl said...

I'll rest in peace with you, Simon. :)

 

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