May 20, 1984
In Colossians 2, Paul describes in a variety of ways how people pass from spiritual death to spiritual life. Our conversion, Alistair Begg teaches, is the ultimate issue in the sight of God. The biblical signs of circumcision and baptism illustrate physically and outwardly this spiritual and inward transformation. With Christ, we have died and been raised; our sins are forgiven, our debt is cancelled, and our spiritual enemies have been disarmed. Jesus now leads us in the train of His triumphal procession.
11In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15He disarmed the rulers and authorities2 and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.3
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