Colossians #9: Colossians 2: 11-12
Colossians #9: Colossians 2: 11-12
Entering into this fullness is not something you figure out or achieve. It's not a matter of being circumcised or keeping a long list of laws. No, you're already in—insiders—not through some secretive initiation rite but rather through what Christ has already gone through for you, destroying the power of sin. If it's an initiation ritual you're after, you've already been through it by submitting to baptism. Going under the water was a burial of your old life; coming up out of it was a resurrection, God raising you from the dead as he did Christ.
“'Quickly, get out into the city streets and alleys. Collect all who look like they need a square meal, all the misfits and homeless and wretched you can lay your hands on, and bring them here.'” “Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It's God's gift from start to finish!”
Paul refutes the false teachers. Everything you need to be saved has already been done for you. All you have to do is accept the invitation. Once you’re in, then there are things to be done.
You already know about the teachings of the Gnostics, secret knowledge is needed to escape the prison of the material world. Now the Judaizers, taught that not only did you have to have faith in Jesus you needed to follow the Law. The biggest indicator that you were following the Law was to undergo the religious ritual of circumcision. Kids if you don’t know what circumcision is google it at home.
Circumcision, the surgical ritual that marks you as a Jew, is great if you live in accord with God's law. But if you don't, it's worse than not being circumcised. The reverse is also true: The uncircumcised who keep God's ways are as good as the circumcised—in fact, better. Better to keep God's law uncircumcised than break it circumcised. Don't you see: It's not the cut of a knife that makes a Jew. You become a Jew by who you are. It's the mark of God on your heart, not of a knife on your skin, that makes a Jew. And recognition comes from God, not legalistic critics.
. Paul is addressing motivations and loyalties of the heart and the mark of God on your heart is demonstrated in your love. Obedience to God’s commands and serving to meet the needs of others are observable demonstrations of love in your heart. This is what in part is meant by bending your knee to God, you become a doer of love.
No secrets, no rituals, no heroic acts of righteousness, what Jesus has already done is sufficient. For you, Jesus has destroyed the power of sin. The power of sin is in its ability to keep you separated from God, from others, from your very self. The power of sin is like the bars on a jail cell, that keep you locked away, separated, apart, and alone.
When [Jesus] served as a sacrifice for our sins, he solved the sin problem for good—not only ours, but the whole world's.
We devise our plans to escape, but those attempts always fail. Jesus has opened the cell door and invites you to walk out of estrangement and into reconciliation in which you can experience a right relationship with God, Others, Self, and the Earth.
Here are five truths for you to consider
2. Everything you need to be saved has already been done for you.
3. God desires a circumcision of the heart that results in you being a lover.
4. Jesus has opened the cell door and invites you to walk out of estrangement and into reconciliation
Here are 3 things to consider:
If you have never accepted Jesus' invitation and walked out of your prison cell, today is a great day to do so.