|Cutting Away Of sin
by Christina Farris
| Colossians 2:1-23 KJV
1 For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;
3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words.
5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.
6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:
11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days:
17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ.
18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.
|Our strive as believer is to leave our sin burried with Christ and not allow others to judge us by our mistakes. If we held to the mistakes we made our faith would soon be like a rubbish heap of sin reminders. Our faith would be based on fear and trembling. Some shake at the fear of God's wrath. Some come to God by the way of love. If by love alone and not fear, one knows God's acceptance of the sinner man, who He saves by His grace. To fall on bended knew before God by his grace is more over whelming then coming to God in fear. Most children have a natural fear of the wrath of their parents, though looking back maybe not fear enough. Yet in truth fear will take you further then you want to go from God or another person, if you understanding is that their power is greater then your own. No one has fear if their own power be greater then another. Ask any bully on the playground what he fears. With fear we come before a God who convicts our heart and soul of the need for forgiveness. If we come with knowing God receives us before we ask, then it understanding already of who God is. Fear is based on a lack of knowledge of God. A fear comes to new believers of not being perfect before their Lord. A fear comes of worrying of whether one has sinned or not. Fear comes based on lack of knowledge about life and God we serve. If sin is left at the cross then the weight of sin on one's shoulders must remain with Christ buried in his death. The weight of sin is fear of displeasing God and being imperfect before HIm.
No one can walk in that much fear of God and even the old timers of faith in scripture understood this point of fear. There is times God corrects even the believer, that is a good thing. But our fear of correction is not based on what will God do with me for eternity, but what will He do with me at the present. Parents hopefully correct their children right away and not six months or 50 years later. God does not always correct right away but allow us to wallow in our sin. King David sin finally reach heaven's door, to the point he would loose his own son, because of his sin. Adam, Eve, serpent and Cain all were punished immediately upon sinning against God. True it was a time frame from when God actually walked in the garden looking for Adam and Eve, but the point being it came without a passing of great time.
God's wrath is quick, but it is also to enable us to repent and see our need of correction. One can get to free knowing salvation is eternally yours upon belief that anything done after seems to have no weight of need to repent. Our mindset needs to be God's price for our sins was the death of his Son. The resurrection freeing us of that sin. If Christ had remained in the grave, how many would of understood God's had forgiven them for their sin? Christ rejoined the people in a physical since.His death not causing Christ to stop loving the people and in fact Christ would remain with the people forty days after his resurrection. He would be demonstrating and telling them He was not dead but alive and He loved them, and during this time continued to teach His disciples.
Our need to bury the sin, is not a need to take lightly. It something we ourselves can not do. Neither can the friends or even family forget the wrong we do. People change but sin abounds. People once saved may get rid of current sin in their life, but sin will return and not necessarily the same sin, because we live in the flesh. Our need for God's correction exist. If we are His child He will correct us. Our strive is not to remain in our sin, or in the sin to come to the point we sit in ashes all the time and mourn. God wants us to live life away from the guilt of sin that separates us from Him, knowing He forgives our humanity that causes our sin. He wants us to build up in the knowledge of His grace and love. He wants us to be built up and rooted in faith. He wants us to know He does not remember our sin, once Christ paid it all. He buried our sin through the cross, and now we must strive to live for Jesus daily. To walk in faith, love and hope.
Are you walking in faith, love and hope this morning, or are your in fear of your God because of past sin that you run or walk not according to the will of God. Are you struggling in faith because of not forgiving yourself of your mistakes. If God's forgiven you why have you not forgiven yourself? If you forgiven yourself, then you know the hope Christ and his love. Because to forgive ourselves is to love ourselves. To understand God's grace of forgiveness must begin with ourselves, so we can also forgive ourselves and others as Christ forgave us. To continue on in life we must lay aside our mistakes and press on. We can press on in fear of making mistakes or continuing in our mistakes that cause failure in our life. Sin cause failure, it might for a time, gain wealth but it never gains God's acceptance. Sin can not reign in our mortal bodies if we are going to please our Lord.
Dear Heavenly Father help us to grow in Christ built up not in our sin, but in your knowledge and truth of your word. Learning to grow in your love. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion: Romans 6:1-14 KJV
1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.