13 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, 14 bycanceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.
We were all dead in our sins, then God made us alive. Dead things can’t just decide to become alive – God made us alive. Our sins have been forgiven and the “written code”, the laws, the regulations that stand against us , were all nailed to the cross. We are free from the law, we don’t have to follow any sort of protocol or procedure for Jesus to keep loving us.
That “disarms” the devil, he can’t come to us and say “look what you’re doing, you’ve really crossed the line that time, God doesn’t like you anymore”. That tactic has been exposed and triumphed over by Jesus on the cross.
When we recognise that, we want to follow Him and obey Him. We can do that in freedom, with no shame or guilt from sins that we commited yesterday or years ago - they were nailed to the cross