What did you do? (Colossians 2)

. 13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses Colossians 2:13

When I was a child there were many foolish moments in my life.  One that sticks out is the day when I decided to experiment when an electrical outlet and a screwdriver.  Let’s just say, sparks began to fly.  I tried to hide the results of my experiment.  But a few weeks later dad came into my bedroom with the screwdriver in his hand.  He asked one question.  Keith, “What did you do?”

Since then there have been many worse moments when my heavenly Father has asked the same question.

This morning I was so moved by Paul’s teaching in Colossians 2.  Paul was laboring hard in writing this letter so that the believers would be encouraged with the love Christ has for them.  Paul desired for every believer to understand what Christ had done for them.

When any person receives Christ there are no less than three amazing things that must come into the believer’s heart and mind:

  • I must walk in Christ, Vs: 6-7.

The believer’s life is in Jesus (rooted).  The believers growth is in Jesus (built up).  The believers maturity is in Jesus (established).

  • I must trust in Christ, Vs: 8-15.

Jesus is fully God and fully man.  Those who come to Christ must fully embrace all of who He is.  This is what it means by being buried and raised with Him.  Brothers and sisters, I trust in Christ fully for my salvation.

Notice verse 13 once again.  Before Christ you and I had zero spiritual life.  It was Christ who brought us to spiritual life.  Now pay close attention, “He gives us a clean slate with Him.”

R. C. Sproul comments:

“It is more characteristic of Paul to speak of justification than of forgiveness, and of sin in the singular than of sins in the plural form (Rom. 5:12-21).  His purpose here is to emphasis that God has not only overcome sin as a general power, but he has also put away the guilt that stems from particular acts.”  Cited from Pg. 1731, “The Reformation Study Bible.”

Brothers and sisters, when I read that last line I began to praise the Lord because of what Jesus did for me.  The enemy does his best to keep us in dread, shame, and fear concerning our past.  But Christ had freed us from all of this.  Now we can walk in victory through Christ.  He nailed it all to the cross.

  • I must tell others of the power of Christ.

Brothers and sisters, this is too good of news to keep to myself. I want everyone to know what Jesus did and what Jesus is still doing for all who come to Him!!!

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