“When you came to Christ, you were “circumcised,” but not by a physical procedure. Christ performed a spiritual circumcision—the cutting away of your sinful nature. For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by his victory over them on the cross.”
(So sorry I missed three days of these devotions last week! I had them written and ready but couldn’t get wi-fi in Yellowstone National Park or Mt. Rushmore… go figure – its like they want you to look at God’s amazing creation instead of a screen. I really enjoyed unplugging but apologize for not having these pre-set to go. Hope we can take up right where we left off in Colossians 2 starting this week!)
- Paul talks here about spiritual circumcision. “Circumcision, which represented the cutting away of man’s uncleanness and was the outward sign of one’s participation in Israel’s covenant with God, was made with hands and affected an external organ of the boy. The circumcision that the believer experiences in Christ is spiritual, not physical, and relates not to an external organ but to one’s inward being.” (Expositors Bible Commentary)
- These verses give great gospel truth. Without Christ, we were spiritually dead. However, we when trusted in the God’s power, we became alive.
- Notice how this text talks about us before Christ:
- Sinful nature not yet cut away
- Dead because of your sins
- A record of charges against us
- Now see what faith in Christ accomplishes for us:
- Spiritual circumcision
- Raised to New Life
- Buried with Christ in baptism
- Cancelled to record of charges – nailed them to the cross
- Disarmed spiritual rulers
- Shamed spiritual authorities publicly through the cross
- “The picture, quite familiar in the Roman world, is that of a triumphant general leading a parade of victory. The conqueror, riding at the front in his chariot, leads his troops through the streets of the city. Behind them trails a wretched company of vanquished kings, officers, and soldiers – the spoils of battle. Christ, in this picture, is a conquering general; the powers and authorities are the vanquished enemy displayed as the spoils of battle before the entire universe. To the casual observer the cross appears to be only an instrument of death, the symbol of Christ’s defeat; Paul represents it as Christ’s chariot of victory.” (Expositor’s Bible Commentary)
- What is the difference in your life since you became alive in Christ?
- How do these gospel truths impact your life today? (attitude, choices, thought life, approach to the challenges you will face)
- Take a moment to remember your parade of victory through Christ. You aren’t fighting flesh and blood enemies (Ephesians 6). Though we daily fight the battle with sin, the ultimate war has already been won.
Adoration: Praise Him for sacrificing His life to purchase our victory over sin to make us spiritually alive again.
Confession: Ask God to reveal areas where His gospel truth is permeating in your life.
Thanksgiving: Thank God for all the things listed above that He has done for you in Christ.
Supplication: Ask God to help you live a Gospel-centered life today.