Scripture: Read again Colossians 2:8-23. See if you can follow Paul’s flow of thoughts.
Paul is addressing new believers who are Gentiles. We do not feel the shock today that the first Jewish Christians felt when they witnessed God including uncircumcised heathens into His family.
We Gentile Christians need to celebrate what Paul best describes in Ephesians 2:12-13. Paul addresses the Gentiles, “You were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”
Paul is saying that what is true of Christ is true of us. He died. We died with Him. He rose. We rose with Him. The center of everything is the cross (Col. 2:14). There our sin-debt was paid. There the legal demands of the law were canceled. His death is where all of this was accomplished. Where is Paul going here? He is setting the stage to highlight the irony of the cross. Satan was behind the collusion between the best government in the world at that time and the best religion in the world at that time in crucifying Jesus. Satan stripped Jesus and poured shame on Him; however, the tables were turned so that Jesus was raised from the dead, conquering Satan and death. “He disarmed the rulers and authorities,” but the Greek can just as well be translated, “He stripped the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame by triumphing over them in Him.”
It’s important to understand who you are now because there are elemental spirits who want to deceive you so that you will not be used to “triumph over them in Him.”
1. Do you think of yourself as being truly joined to Christ? _________________________________
2. How might you increase your personal identity as being “in Christ”? ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
3. What are some of the things God has given to you “in Christ”? ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
• Pray into John 15:5, “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me…he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”
• See the Father placing you in His Son and giving you rest.
• Spend some moments thanking God for causing His Son to live in you.