Sunday, July 27, 2008

Christ Exalted Over Legalism

Today's passage is from Colossians 2: 11 - 15.
"In him (Jesus) you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men, but with the circumcision done by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having cancelled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross".
When we come to accept Jesus as Lord of our lives, what we all refer to as being "born again", he circumcises our hearts - removing the sin and replacing it with his Holy Spirit, making us clean and presentable to God. Baptism by water shows that we have buried our old nature, and our faith in him raises us as a new creation in Him.
The "written code" as referred to in verse 14, is from the Mosaic Law. It was an acknowledgement of debt in the handwriting of the debtor. Our sin puts us in debt to the Lord, but HE has cancelled that debt, and signed it "Paid in Full" by the blood of Jesus.
There isn't a sin in the world that Christ didn't take on or nail to the cross. Some think, ' oh, if you only knew what I've done - I can't be forgiven of that'. WRONG! Christ says that ALL of the sin of the world was laid upon him, and that "whosoever will" can come to him, and he will wipe away their sin, and make it possible for them to stand before the Lord Almighty, The Father - because the righteousness of Christ has replaced the old sin nature in us.
Don't be deceived another day into thinking that your sin is too great for the Lord to forgive. That's a lie from Satan, because his goal is to keep as many as he can from trusting in Jesus. He wants to take as many with him as he can into eternal torment.
"Choose you this day, whom you will serve" Joshua 24:15

Have a blessed Sunday


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