October 18, 2010
A closer look at Colossians 2:13-15
Colossians 2:13-15 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood 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.
I always looked at this verse as being said to Gentiles (non-Jews), but nowadays I don't think it was written to Gentiles, but rather the Jews living in Colosse... as the written code (The Old Covenant Law) never stood against non-Jews in the first place.
On another note, I love how the first part of this passage starts out... "When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ."
"Christianity" says that we are made right with God when we accept Jesus and our Lord and personal Savior... but this verse says when you were (spiritually) dead and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature (not changed yet), you were made alive with Christ!
So which is it... when we say a "sinner's prayer" as Christianity teaches or was mankind made alive with Christ while we were still screwed up?
In other words... is it our sinner's prayer that makes us right with God (we take the glory) or Did God have everything already taken care of well before any of us were even born (Jesus / Father gets the glory)?
Like I said above, I think this verse was said to the Jews (living in Colosse) as they were the ones that the Law stood against, not the Gentiles... but even if we apply this too ourselves, I think it shows us that all are right with God, regardless of what we do or haven't done... both believers and those not enabled to believe as of yet.
Just something to ponder... Peace :-)