Daily Archives: January 12, 2019
Welcome to 2019! This month, we are walking slowly through the book of Colossians. Paul wrote this letter to the church at Colossae, and Philemon which we’ll be reading in February, when he was imprisoned in Rome. This book offers practical guidelines for Christian living as well as encouragement and warning. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!
11 In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.
13 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, 14 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. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
Freedom | Kathy Page
Paul contrasts what the believer has in the gospel with what the false teachers say the Colossians’ need for salvation. The followers of Christ have died, been buried, and have risen again with Jesus. The wages of sin has been satisfied and are no longer a threat; sin’s power is no more. And, the debt the believers owed to God, because of the law and sin, is now paid by what Jesus did on the cross. Christ Jesus completely triumphed over the evil in this world, disarming the enemy, making a spectacle of him, and through Jesus, we triumph also.
Verse 11 – the power of sin in our lives is cut away by Christ (circumcision of the heart); verse 12 when we were baptized, we shared in Christ’s death and in baptism we are also raised up with Him. God is the actor in all of this. Our hearts circumcised by God, we were buried by God, we were raised by God. We did not do anything – God did it all!!!!
I no longer need to fear in living my life. Jesus has set me free – I am free indeed from sin, death, and the power of the enemy. Because of this, I can now live my life in confidence, not hesitancy. I want my life to please Him; I cannot pay Him back, but I can through the power of the Holy Spirit honor Him with my life.
Father, You nailed my death warrant to the cross with Jesus and His death served as a substitution for me. Payment made. Justice served. I have come out of the grave with Jesus and am raised to eternal life. Thank You that I have been freed from sin, death, and the power of the enemy. Thank You that I have been raised to eternal life. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
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