Having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
At church we read scripture about the life style a Christian should have--This is good--We imitate that life style to do what's correct, to live a holy life. And that's okay too--But the bad thing is, Satan can twist our thinking, and kind of slow cook our thinking. Suddenly we get this idea, that if we are not doing these deeds or should I say, that if we don't do these good deeds--God won't hear our prayers or will punish us in some way. That's when our thinking has become legalistic, which is a works mentality thinking, and very dangerous.
These are the things our verse calls, 'handwriting of requirements' which Christ nailed to the cross. They were nailed there because "we" couldn't live them on a continuous bases, to be righteous on our own. We needed a Savior. It was Christ who fulfilled all of the requirements of the law,--And it is His righteousness we needed. Christ lifted that burden of requirements from us.
Yes, we should still imitate goodness in our own effort, because we desire to imitate our Father, just like any child does--But we need to keep a close watch over our intent, (our thinking), that we are not being wrongly influenced. Hebrews 10:2 says we should no longer be sin conscience. Why? Because our righteousness can only be dependent upon Jesus. As we feed and meditate on His Word day and night, He will change us--He, (His Word) is what will produce the fruit in our life. The fruit of holiness and all that we need. The Word is what will change us into His image.
He begins our Salvation and completes our Salvation. Hebrews 12:2"looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." He was able to endure the cross was because of the joy set before Him--He saw His people meditating in His Word and acting on it, yielding so He could work through us, and that brought Him enough joy that He was able to endure the cross. We are the joy of the Lord--what He rejoices in.
Do what is good, but never depend on it for your salvation. Let's be willing to do those great exploits that He saw in us... and endured the cross for us.
Father, may we open our eyes and see those things that Jesus saw in us, which made Him able to suffer for our sake. May we give up our own way of thinking and conform to your ways, that we become able vessels for Christ to work through. Thank you for the victory in the cross. Thank you for the victory you have given us in Christ, may it never become in vain in our life, Amen