Summary: I am painfully aware that there are many Christians who believe in Christ, but who are not free. How can we be free? We Christians need to experience the dynamic of the cross. Here we find that Jesus preformed three redemptive acts for us on the Cross
COLOSSIANS 2: 13-15
THE CONQUERING CHRIST
Would you consider yourself a free person? On what basis would you make your evaluation? What would you say makes a free person? These questions force us to define what we mean by freedom. Truly free people have four ingredients of liberty.
1. They have dealt with the past and are free from incriminating memories of failure.
2. They have experienced forgiveness which has extricated them from self-condemnation.
3. They have been released from the bonds of compulsive patterns.
4. They have been emancipated from dependence on the opinions and criticism of people.
From these basic elements flows the freedom to accept and love ourselves, give affirmation and esteem to others, and live with confidence concerning the future. This quality of freedom comes only from fellowship with Christ. Yet I am painfully aware that there are many Christians who believe in Christ, but who are not free. How can we be free? We Christians need to experience the dynamic of the cross (CIM). Only the power of the cross can grant us our personal liberation from the failures of the past and the disturbing memories of what might have been. The power of the cross also can grant us freedom from being unsettled by the criticism of others who demand we live up to their standards. When we experience such release we are on our way to being unlocked from the prisons of the past and enabled to breathe the fresh air of our deliverance. [Oglive, Lloyd John. Colossians: Loved & Forgiven. Regal. Glendale, CA. 1977. 77-78]
Here we find that Jesus preformed three redemptive acts for us on the Cross that we might be free to experience the abundant life He alone gives.
I. JESUS ENACTED FORGIVENESS, 13.
II. JESUS CANCELED OUR INDEBTEDNESS, 14.
III. JESUS DISARMED OUR ETERNAL ENEMIES, 15.
The new life believers have in Christ is contrasted in verse 13 to the life they lived before they were baptized. Before Christ we were spiritually dead in our sin. “When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions,
The wages of sin is death; moral death and spiritual death (Rom. 6:11; Eph. 2:1,5). They were dead and helplessly gone in their condition of sinfulness. Those who are spiritually dead are dominated by the world the flesh, and the devil and do not possess eternal life. They stood in desperate need of forgiveness. Forgiveness is one of the most exciting and comforting doctrines in Scripture because it is what lost sinners need to be made right with God.
The Colossians were so dead in their sin they had not even acknowledged the existence of the One True God or they would have been circumcised under the sign of the Old Covenant. They were completely locked in sin’s grasp. They had not even responded to the spiritual light shone them.
Their hopeless story does not end there, because God is rich in mercy for any and all who would recognize and acknowledge who God is and who they are. All that here follows is because of their, because of our, union with Christ (suneksôpoiçsen- alive together; zôos,+ poieô, + sun) in His death and resurrection. When Christ died, we died with Him. When Christ rose, we rose in Him. As Christ was raised from the dead the believer (the one who is baptized by the HS into Christ) has been raised and brought into life. We who were dead in trespasses and sin are now spiritually alive, in Christ.