Summary: The 8th message in an expository series on the book of Colossians.
The Sufficiency of Christ
11In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, 12having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. 13When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. 15And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
Intro: After having sufficiently defended the authenticity and actuality of Christ before the Gnostic and pagan ideologies found within the Colossian heresy, Paul now turns his attention to the Jewish legalism found in the heresy.
Gnostic legalism was not quite the same as the brand of legalism espoused by the Judaizers. The Jewish teachers that Paul encountered insisted that circumcision and obedience to the Law was essential for salvation. The Gnostics manipulated Jewish customs and dogma (the Law) teaching that by employing these rituals they would help believers to become more spiritual. If a person were circumcised, and if they observed the holy days managing their diets, then they could become part of the spiritually elite.
In this text, Paul makes a clear statement to those attempting to pervert the Gospel by pluralizing the death, burial, and resurrection with Jewish customs and beliefs. Paul teaches that in Christ we have a complete salvation providing complete forgiveness, because Christ experienced complete victory on the cross.
I A Complete Salvation
Verse: 11In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, 12having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.
Note: Circumcision – a sign of God’s covenant with the Israelites (Gen. 17:9-14).
Word: Hebrew: covenant (beriyth) a pledge or compact made by passing between pieces of flesh.
Greek: covenant: (diatheke) a disposition, a contract, a testament.
circumcision (karaith) to make an alliance or bargain. To make a covenant by cutting flesh
Note: These two words together mean a pledge or compact made by passing between pieces of flesh.
Note: In Genesis 15, God makes a covenant with Abraham. God made several promises to Abraham leading Abraham to ask God how he would know that the promises would be his. God had Abraham to bring animals and then cut them in two. Then God walked between the pieces sealing His covenant with Abraham.
Then, in Genesis 22, we find Abraham being put to the test by God asking him to have faith. Amazingly, Abraham willingly offered to sacrifice Isaac. Obviously, this would demand a lot from anyone, but why was it greater for Abraham?