Triumphant

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When you were dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having cancelled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

Colossians 2:13-15

As we pick up from the last passage, we see right away the connection we discovered. Notice the link between “dead in your sins” and “uncircumcision.” Here they are used interchangeably, and since they are used this way, we can be certain, as we were yesterday, that circumcision here is not the literal procedure done in physical terms. While we were in our sins then, God made us alive in Christ and forgave our sins. So far, this is easy to understand, and wonderful to behold, full as it is of the love and mercy of a loving Father in heaven. It gets even better…

God cancelled the “written code” with its “regulations” that were “against us.” So not only have our sins been forgiven, not only have we been made alive in Christ, but the Law that condemned us has been ended; from now on it’s all about Christ.

God, in effect, nailed the old law and its rules to the cross with Christ and killed it. Christ rose from the grave, we rose with Him from baptism (2:12) and the written code remains in the grave… and there’s still more: In doing this, God has “disarmed” the “powers and authorities” and triumphed over them at the cross. These “powers and authorities” are the very ones who accuse us. Even now they may try to accuse, but they have been defeated at the cross; the ballgame is really over! Our sins are forgiven, we are alive in Christ, and when they attempt to accuse, they are exposed for the liars they have always been, for there is no written code any more.

This is one of the great liberating facts of our Faith. Those accusers have no audience with God, for they have been humiliated by the cross! Who is the one who accuses? It is Satan, his allies and those who would do his bidding on the earth. What Jesus has done for us on the cross has rendered their accusations altogether irrelevant, and we need not be concerned with them ever again.

What a gracious and loving Heavenly Father we have, what a glorious Lord we follow, what a blessed people we are!

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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10 Responses to Triumphant

  1. And yet, though Jesus nailed it to the cross, people keep dipping back into that “written law” for an elaborate church organization, forms of worship, tithing, etc. But James said that, if we keep part of the law, we have to keep it all, and that includes stoning for adultery, offering animal sacrifices, etc.

  2. paulfg says:

    Don, my only reservation is that: I come not to dismiss, but to fulfil the law (paraphrased) comment.

    That we move tool easily from “rules” to “no rules” without embracing Love as the greatest discipline of all. We tend to see “loopholes” and jump through them – rather than look at the looping whole.

    Maybe πŸ™‚

  3. Bette Cox says:

    Thank you, Don.

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