Colossians 2:13,14 Double for Sins

And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;

In Bible times, if a man is indebted and unable to pay his creditors, he appears before the elders sitting at the gate of the city.  These elected ones consider cases brought before them and decide the appropriate actions of judgment.  The elders are considered the people’s court of the spiritual body.  The chairman of the elders depends on God for leadership so the right decision can be rendered.

The indebted person has both a legal and moral obligation to see that his debts are fully paid.  The man’s name with the list of his debtors and amounts owed is put on the gate for all to see until the debt is paid. Then everyone in the town knows the situation and that he has been dishonorable.  Rejected and insulted by the citizenry, he cannot even find work. 

Perhaps the debt notice is seen by a relative, friend or benefactor who agrees to pay fully the amount owed.  Once payments are totally fulfilled, the elders at the gate fold the notice, glue it together, and in that manner double it: the debt is paid. Then the elder writes the debtor’s name on the outside and there is then no more condemnation.  Rather than meaning twice as much, double for sin means the man has been redeemed from debt.  (Isaiah 40:1, 2)

In like manner, Jesus Christ blotted the handwriting of ordinances that was against us (Colossians 2:14).  He was the benefactor that paid it all for us on the cross.

Orientalisms of the Bible by Bishop K. C. Pillai, D.D., American Christian Press, 1986, 3rd printing 1998  (p. 127-132)

Old and New Testament Orientalisms Teachings of Bishop K. C. Pillai transcript, pp. 238-240