Jesus has made you alive even when you were dead in your trespasses, will He not even more help you now that you walk with Him?
Colossians 2:13-14 “13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, 14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
With the exception of a clinically proven sociopath every human knows that they have sinned and when they have sinned. Verse 13 is simply a statement of fact, and I will go back and cover the part of, the uncircumcision of your flesh, later. “having forgiven you all trespasses”, this statement is the most powerful, and pivotal point in the book of Colossians. For starters the word “having” is a present participle, an ongoing action, but when coupled with “forgiven” a past participle a completed action, you have covered the past, present, and future in relationship to the word trespasses. Jesus’ death on the cross nearly 2000 years ago for our sins, covered those sins in our future also. Some people believe His death only covers those sins prior to a person’s born-again experience. Other people think we have to confess every sin individually for them to be covered – read John 3:16-18 for truth on that wrong thinking. Verse 13 is clear that it is ongoing; your sins were paid for past present, and future. There is not a hierarchy of sins either. With the single exception of blasphemy of the Holy Spirit, every sin is forgiven. The third word of importance in this verse is the word “all”. This does not indicate some, or just the small ones, or only the confessed ones, but all. Hebrews 10:10-14 is an establishing proof of verse 13.
I sometimes refer to myself as a walking dead man or my flesh as a walking carcass, but quickly clarify my statement in that it is my fleshly body that is dead, my spirit will live forever in Christ Jesus and in the presence of God. The “dead in your trespasses” spoken of in verse 13 is spiritual death of which every non-believer will be found. This statement is actually saying that a person still in their trespasses is absent from God and will be spiritually absent even after their natural death. There is no possible way to live in the natural the prefect requirements from God and to stand in His presence, and yet for the believer in Christ Jesus we even call Him Father and He calls us His children, Ephesians 2:4-10.
Verse 14 is referencing the Law of Moses set before the Children of Israel as their only hope of standing before God. These were impossible requirements to follow as their primary purpose was to teach man that by his own actions he would never be worthy to stand before God. This puts us in a place of hopelessness on our own efforts, but opens us up to obtain salvation through faith in Jesus. Romans 7:9 through 8:4 is, a wonderful explanation of the law and its purpose in comparison to our salvation through Jesus Christ. (Read these verses below)
Romans 7:”9 I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died. 10 And the commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death. 11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me. 12 Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good. 13 Has then what is good become death to me? Certainly not! But sin, that it might appear sin, was producing death in me through what is good, so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly
sinful. 14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do. 16 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 21 I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God-through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”
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