When I was a five year old little girl, I knew I was a sinner. I knew I needed a Savior. But I had no idea the depths of my own depravity.
I think we can be aware of our sinful condition, but be naïve to our capacity for sinful conduct—and that was me. At five, I hadn’t faced too many temptations. For sure, I was a sinner in need of a Savior. I was selfish, self-centered, ungrateful and spoiled, but those heart issues hadn’t manifested themselves in drug addiction, immoral sexual exploits, or robbery. And although, those lifestyles are not a temptation for me, the further I go in my life with Christ, the more I’m aware of the capacity for sin that I still have and the amazing grace I’ve received.
I was held captive by my sinful condition, but at the cross, Jesus Christ obliterated the debt I owed.
At five, I came to understand that I was in need of a Savior; I had a debt I could not pay. He paid that sin debt by His sacrifice on the cross. Although I still struggle with sin, because of Jesus’ work on the cross, I now have the power to say “no” to temptation and live in victory:
[box]“The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor. 15:56–57)[/box]
Because of Jesus’ work on the cross, those who come to Him in repentance, seeking His forgiveness and salvation, are birthed to new life:
[box]“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Cor. 5:17)[/box]
Because of Jesus’ work on the cross, there is now no temptation that can hold me captive by the power of sin:
[box]“No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” (1 Cor. 10:13)[/box]
Join me in studying Colossians 2 by reading it again and answering these questions:
- How does verse 10 encourage you?
- What is the “circumcision of Christ” that Col. 2:11 refers to? (See also Eph. 2:11–13) Have you experienced that circumcision?
- What type of “baptism” are verses 12–13 referring to? (See Romans 6:3–6; Eph. 2:6–10)
- What beautiful picture do verses 13 and 14 describe? Personalize these verses and write out what God has done for you in relation to what is described in these verses.
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