Summary: Paul understood that the power of regeneration was not in baptism or received by the act of baptism, but received through faith in the working of God.
#6~ Col.2: 13 -17 ~ALL BELEIVERS ARE FREE IN CHRIST JESUS~ 12-29-13
9For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10And ye are complete in him, -- since we are complete in Jesus there's nothing that any one can do that would make us even more so, this should put a stop to the folks that think that they need to do something else, that Jesus needs our input to help us be saved, -- we're complete in Him.
10And ye are complete in him, -- which is the head of all principality and power: -- Christ is the head over all spirit beings ("rule and authority").
~ Christ's COMPLETENESS is evident in three things that God has done for us in Him:--
~11In whom [Christ] also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
~ Our spiritual circumcision took place when God saved us.
Gal. 5:24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections [passions] and lusts. "Longing of evil desires"
-- in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
~ It involved Christ cutting off the domination of our sinful nature (flesh),
@@@ Romans 6:6-14 Knowing this, [we know] that our old man is crucified with him, -- that the body of sin might be destroyed, -- that henceforth we should not serve sin.
~The believer now has the power to serve Christ instead of his old master, sin.
7For he that is dead is freed from sin. ***
8Now if we be dead with Christ, [He paid our sin debt, which was death' v-23 For the wages of sin is death] --
8Now if we be dead with Christ, [our old man was crucified with him] -- we believe that we shall also live with him:
9Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. -- Or us now that we're dead to sin.--
10For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
11Likewise reckon [consider- count] ye also yourselves to be dead indeed [truly dead] unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
12Let ** not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts [desires] thereof. -- Believers are to stop allowing sin to rule over our life.--
~Notice, Paul didn't say that we'd never sin again; we'll be battling the old nature until we depart this life. -- but sin shall not have dominion over us, if sin was no any longer present with us, there's no way it could possibly have dominion over us. -- Even Paul said twice in Romans 7: that sin was present with him. -- 17Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
20--- but sin that dwelleth in me.
13Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
~In the day-to-day run-in's with sin, we need to stop giving in. -- stop yielding-
~ Since we are now justified, we are not to allow our members (our hands, our feet, our tongues, etc.) to become instruments or tools of unrighteousness.