Scripture:  Read Colossians 2:8-23

My atheist friends marvel that I know who I am. I’m clear, I’m certain, I’m secure…and this intrigues them. How is this possible? Paul outlines who we are in Colossians 2:11-14. We have been joined to Christ through our participation with Him in His death and His resurrection. Finding Him results in finding our own identity. Isn’t that an amazing thing?

Circumcision was the sign of belonging to the old covenant, yet it was always meant to symbolize a circumcision of the heart. Jeremiah says, “Circumcise yourselves to the Lord and remove the foreskins of your heart” (Jer. 4:4). Paul picks up on this in Romans 2:29, “But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit.”

The Jews knew who they were too. They were marked as covenant people. They belonged to the community of God. The new covenant involves an inner, heart circumcision that takes place when you participate in Christ’s death. Paul describes this as us “having been buried with Him in baptism.” Our identity has changed. We no longer live controlled by our flesh, but Christ lives in us. This is “a circumcision made without hands,” and it joins us to God’s people, the church.

New covenant, new circumcision, new community.

God Himself gave us our faith, our ability to believe in Christ (Eph. 2:8-9), and through our faith we have a new identity. We are participating in “the powerful working of God” in that we have been made alive with Him.

Thought Questions:

  1. How are you using this great truth: you were joined to Christ in His death, His burial, and His resurrection? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

  2. Does this previous question puzzle you? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

You want to draw your identity from being united with Christ. For example, I frequently pray through Galatians 2:20, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.”

Prayer Time:

  • Pray into the verse, “I have been crucified with Christ; and I no longer live but Christ lives in me.” Confess this truth out loud if possible.

  • Revisit Romans 10:9, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved/set free/delivered.”

  • In prayer own your identity in Christ.

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