Green Valley Sermons

In HimYou Were...

Sunday, February 11, 2018        

Colossians 2:9-14


9 For in Him (Christ) all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form, 10 and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority;

11 and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; 12 having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 And when you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, 14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us and which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. (NIV)


Do we understand what occurred when we accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Lord and Savior? Here in Colossians we have an overview of some of the things that happened when we came to be In Christ and Christ came to live in us.


This transformation takes place when we realize we are not what God wants us to be and when we come to believe that Jesus Christ is the solution to that problem.


As we studied in our SALT lessons, we are not God, but we frequently act as if we are God. The three problems this discipleship material points out are our tendency to control, to judge and to seek praise for ourselves. God, as Creator and Sustainer of all that exists, is the rightful Lord and Judge of all He has made. He alone is worthy to be worshiped. When we seek to take on the role of God in our own lives or in the lives of others, we put ourselves in God’s place. This is the essence of human nature without God. This is the essence of what we call sin.


Jesus came into the world to restore us to a proper relationship with God, ourselves, and the world around us. Have you accepted Him as Lord and Savior? Today’s lesson is about what happens when we experience this. We call it salvation or the new birth.


In Him you were…

Made complete (verse 10)


We talked about being made complete earlier. The word translated here as complete has also been translated as perfect or mature.


Sometimes I do not feel very mature or complete. This is how I understand what is meant by our completeness in Christ. I believe that in Christ we are restored to the condition we were intended to have when God first created us. Without Christ we are cut off from our connection to God. When we accept His gift of salvation, we are restored to the relationship with God we are intended to live in.


This is the sense in which we are perfect. We still must work at the relationship on an ongoing basis. We are called to walk in the Spirit, or live connected to Our Creator. He gives us eternal, abundant life as a free gift. We cannot earn this gift. The gift is life connected to Him. Apart from Him we are unable to live as we were intended to live. Apart from Him we can never live as we were intended to live.


In Christ we are made complete, perfect.


In Him you were…

Made complete (verse 10)

Circumcised (verse 11)


The Apostle Paul had an ongoing argument with Christians who believed that for Gentiles to be saved they had to become Jews and be circumcised in the flesh. If you do not know what that means, I will allow your parents to explain it to you.


Circumcision was first ordered by God to Abraham, years before the law was given. Circumcision of the flesh was to be a sign to all future generations that they were a special people who had a connection to the Creator. You can read about God’s covenant with Abraham and circumcision Genesis 17.


Paul, the writer of the letter to the Colossians, taught that salvation was by grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone. Salvation is a gift that is accepted by putting our trust in God and His Son, Jesus Christ.


Paul said that true circumcision was a matter of the heart, not the flesh. When we receive Christ and are born again, we are circumcised and the flesh, or old nature is no longer our true identity. Our true identity, who we really are, is found in Christ. We are born of the Spirit and reconnected to God. The covenant we have with God is sealed by the entrance into our lives of the Holy Spirt, the Presence of God.


Paul seemed to fear that people would put their faith in rituals instead of in God. It is our relationship with God that saves us. We trust Him and He is worthy of our trust. We walk in fellowship with Him and He promises to never leave us or forsake us.


In Him you were…

Made complete (verse 10)

Circumcised (verse 11)

Buried with Him in baptism (verse 12)


I think Paul was also concerned that we would put too much emphasis on the newer rite of baptism. The early church embraced this practice that was actually begun earlier among the Jews. John the Baptist encouraged all to be baptized, having repented of their sins as preparation for the coming of the Messiah. Jesus encouraged His followers to continue the practice and it became a rite of entry into the fellowship of those who were committed to following Jesus, the Christ.

The baptism that really matters is that we were buried with Christ when He was laid to rest in the tomb after His death. We put our faith in what He did, not in the fact that we have followed Him in going under the water.


Don’t get me wrong. I believe strongly that we need to obey the Lord and be baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I believe that if at all possible this baptism should be an immersion in water to symbolize our death to the old way of life and being raised to new life in Christ.


In Him you were…

Made complete (verse 10)

Circumcised (verse 11)

Buried with Him in baptism (verse 12)

Raised with Him through faith (verse 12)

Made alive with Him (verse13)


In Christ, we are joined with Christ in death and in the resurrection. New life has come to those who are walking by faith in God. We were dead in our trespasses and sins and now have been made alive with Christ. We have been born of the Spirit, reconnected to a relationship with Almighty God.


In Him you were…

Made complete (verse 10)

Circumcised (verse 11)

Buried with Him in baptism (verse 12)

Raised with Him through faith (verse 12)

Made alive with Him (verse13)

Forgiven, debt canceled (verse13 and 14)


Jesus, the Messiah, has come. God became a human being to prove His love for us. He died to justify us. God’s justice was satisfied by the death of Jesus Christ. The only sinless human being died so that we could be saved, so that we could be restored to a relationship with God.


We are forgiven. The debt we owed to God has been paid. Now we can live as we were meant to live. Without the death of Jesus, that God planned even before He created us, no human being could have lived in a relationship with God. We could not be born of the Spirit were it not for the justice of God being satisfied through Our Lord Jesus Christ.


The debt we owe to God for our sin has been canceled.


When we sin we have an advocate with the Father. God is faithful to forgive us and can do so because of the plan the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit formulated before time began. The death of Jesus is the only sufficient payment that could have been made to redeem mankind from our fallen state. All we have to do is accept God for who He is and trust that what He has done on our behalf is sufficient to allow us back into fellowship with the Holy God who created us. We are saved, not by our goodness, but by God’s goodness. We are saved by grace through faith, not by anything we do. We are saved so that we can live as servants of the Most High God.


God loves us and He is our Lord. Do you believe it? Are you clinging to these truths? Are you committed to following Him as Lord of your life?