Colossians 2:13, NIV: "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,"
Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth.
Paul has been teaching us about the fullness in Christ. This week, we’ve learned one aspect of that fullness is that we died, were buried and resurrected with Christ. Paul continues with the 2nd aspect of that fullness here in Colossians chapter 2 verse 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.”
This letter is addressed to the believers in Colossae, most of whom were not Jewish. They were Gentiles. So Paul’s basically saying here, “You Gentiles, you weren’t always fully alive. You were spiritually dead.” And that word “dead” refers to being separated and alienated from God because of our sins. You were spiritually unclean.
And then Paul says that not only were you dead in your spirit but in the “uncircumcision of your flesh.” Meaning that you didn’t follow the Jewish ritual of circumcision. Remember from Monday that circumcision referred to being in God’s family? Being inside His covenant and blessings? Your own body demonstrated that you were dead and separated from God. You could not see or hear God because your hearts were uncircumcised. You were clueless to how empty and dead you were.
But God got ahold of you and you surrendered your life to Him.
And God made you fully alive in Him through Christ. You fully participated in his death, burial and resurrection. And you gained new life through your union with the resurrected Christ. And it’s because of that union that you are fully forgiven.
So, your Simple Truth for today: because of your faith in Christ, you will never taste death. In Christ, you are fully alive. His fullness lives in you. And because you have been forgiven, you have been set free from the eternal penalty of sin. In Him, you find life forever more.
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