Cancelled Sin | Verse 4
He breaks the power of canceled sin, He sets the prisoner free
His blood can make the foulest clean, His blood availed for me
– Verse 4 of O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing
Colossians 1:13-15 states:
And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in Him.
This verse offers a great explanation as to how God cancels our sins, and then breaks the power of canceled sin. In the highest court in the universe, God the Judge acquits us of all of our criminal charges against Him when we place our hope and faith in Jesus, and have Him to be our substitute. Jesus Christ, the righteousness of God, bears our sins, and we receive His righteousness in exchange. Our sins, past, present, and future, have been canceled at the cross of Jesus, and through His death 2,000 years ago, the guiltiest and filthiest of people are made clean and are set free. Those who once entered into His courts in shame, imprisoned by the bondage of sin, now enter into His courts with thanksgiving, having been set free by the perfect Advocate.
Although in our worship we seek to remember and refresh our minds with this good news that God has cleansed us and set us free, at times the ghosts of sin and guilt still seek to haunt our souls through condemnation. Through God’s word we are encouraged to beat the dead horse of sin, killing what has already been defeated in Jesus, but sometimes it seems as though we are the ones being beaten by the dead horse. In these times we must encourage our souls to hope in God. We must remember the words of our Lord who said, “Take heart, your sins are forgiven (Matthew 9:2).” And we must be convinced by the Spirit of God that our sins have been nailed to the cross, our record of debt has been canceled in Jesus, and that He is victorious in breaking sin’s power over us. It is from this foundation that sin has already been defeated, that we will truly be able to live in the freedom that He has given us, empowered by His Spirit to kill the sin that He has already killed for us.