COLOSSIANS 2:6-15 (NIV – UK)
Spiritual fullness in Christ
6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.
9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. 11 In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.
13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having cancelled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
THE WORK OF CHRIST
Sometimes we must simply stop rest in the wonder of what Jesus has done for us. In fact, we would do well to do that every day. It is when we know in our hearts and are constantly reminded of what Jesus has done for us that we cannot turn from his irresistible grace and the heart-melting love of the Father.
We were once dead in our sins – but in Jesus we are made alive – being forgiven of all sins (v. 13). He did this for us on the Cross, paying the price that we should have paid (v. 14). It is interesting to think that the world may well have been a very different place before Jesus died on the Cross – it was on the Cross that he ‘disarmed the powers and authorities’ – the work of Satan (v. 15). The moment that happened, Satan knew he had been dealt a hammer blow.
It is Jesus who triumphs on the Cross – and his triumph is for our sake. On the Cross Jesus means to win us back from sin and death – and bring us into wonderful life in him.
Question: How often do you bask in the joyful knowledge of what Jesus had done for us? How does it make you feel towards him?