February 5, 2015

Today you should read: Colossians 2:6-23

A theme word for this section of Scripture is “Complete.” Because of who Christ is and what He has done, His followers are complete. Look at verse 10. Paul told the reader that “in Him (Christ) you have been made complete.” Christ’s followers have been completely forgiven of sin and completely made pure. Verses 13-14 elaborate on this truth.

“You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.”—Colossians 2:13-14 (NLT)

Allow me to borrow something from some Cru Bible Study material that I was taught in college and still use today to teach others to comment on vs. 13-14.

“In the day when this passage (vs. 13-14) was written, “record of the charges” referred to an itemized bond that was nailed to the prison door. It listed every crime for which the prisoner had been convicted. When the sentence was served or restitution was paid, the authorities removed the list and wrote on it, “paid in full.” The prisoner used this as proof that he can never be tried again for those crimes. The person who trusts Christ’s payment for sin can never be tried again. His sins have been paid in full. He has received a full pardon from God.”​​​
Therefore, based on vs. 13-14, what has God done with your sins? Well, they’ve been completely paid in full. For how many of your sins did Christ die? Every single one. What has God done with the sins you will commit tomorrow or next year? He’s completely forgiven them all—past, present, and future. How does that make you feel? It takes a big weight off my shoulders.

Since we as His followers are complete in Him: We should walk in Him (vs. 6). We should not be thrown off by other ideologies and deceptions (vs. 8). We should not be thrown off by religious activity (vs. 16-23).

Rest in the grace and mercy of Jesus today. We are out from under the weight and curse of sin because of Christ, and we have been made complete in Christ.

Posted by: Rich Duffield

Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

2 thoughts on “February 5, 2015”

  1. Amen Rich! This part of verse 8 really got my attention today:

    “empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking”

    Just as we are complete in Christ, God’s word is complete and the only guide we need for living. Believers must be in The Word every day so that we can offer lost people the wisdom of God and not our own opinions and empty philosophies.

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