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Today a Protestant presented me with the verse Col. 2:13-15. It states, " When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross." (NIV) I haven't encountered this verse in my previous research into apologetics and as a result, I'm slightly confused on how to explain it. More specifically, I struggle with the segment of verse 13 that states, "he forgave all our sins..." As a whole this passage seems to be talking about the forgiveness of original sin through baptism, but this section of verse 13 throws me off. So how should I approach explaining this verse?
This just means our sins are forgiven-OS and personal sins-but still with the provision that we accept this offer; the offer can do good for the individual otherwise. And this means that God restores us back to high ground, the ground Adam lost for humankind with his original sin, so that we're back to the position of innocence. But God won't force us to stay there any more than He forced Adam not to sin to begin with. We can always turn away again, but if we do, the offer of forgiveness still stands if we repent again, turning back to God and away from sin.
The purpose of the New Covenant is to empower man to become authentically righteous, to become who he was created to be, to not only be forgiven but to 'go, and sin no more'. This is a process, of God drawing us, via grace, into increasing righteousness/justice, placing His laws on our hearts and writing them in our minds. To the extent that we will to do what's right, that we choose goodness, our justice is greater. God is patient and kind, the divine Potter doing a work in us, as we cooperate. This is the "struggle with sin", with concupiscence, a battle for where our treasure truly lies: with God first above all else, or with lesser, created things. Man's full justice consists in loving God with his whole heart, soul, mind, and strength and his neighbor as himself, the greatest commandments.