Alive and Sinless


 “13And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses,” Colossians 2:13 KJV

6Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7For he that is dead is freed from sin.” Romans 6:6-7 KJV

10For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.” Romans 6:10 KJV

18Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.” Romans 6:18 KJV

22But not being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” Romans 6:22 KJV

13Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear son (or Son of His love).” Colossians 1:13 KJV

I have chosen to include these verses from Romans along with the two in Colossians because they are all talking about the same death our Lord Jesus died, and we with Him. He accomplished all that needed to be accomplished and has set us free from the dominion of sin.

One of the biggest problems we face as believers is to really believe the Word. These words about what the Lord has accomplished are echoed throughout the books of the New Testament Letters. It seemed to be a problem with the first-century church as well. Receiving sinlessness in the face of blatant “I am not that, Lord knows!” sounds like embracing a lie. It is instead, embracing His truth.

We tend to live now like we lived before, only cleaned up a bit. Our prayers still overwhelmingly occupied with our shortcomings. How different our lives would be if we would believe what He said, embrace it as truth, and live in that light. Our entire life in Him will change and will be released into that place we already have as an inheritance in Him. His sinlessness for our obvious lack as a daily exchange, then realizing its truth and being released into living in Him in power and in Spirit.

He really did say, “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” Galatians 5:17 KJV. Truth!

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for all you have accomplished for and in us, and thank you for turning our attention to its reality. May our today be spent in thanksgiving and praise – You have done it all! It really is true!

Allowing Light to Dawn

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9For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. 11In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, 12having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God who raised him from the dead.” (Colossians 2:9-12 NIV)

We have already studied these few verses in previous posts, but I wanted us to have it in our hearts and minds as we read further. I am choosing to use the NIV translation as it is exceedingly clear in this particular passage.

13When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” (Colossians 2:13-15 NIV)

Reality Check! He did this all for you and me over 2,000 years ago. When we awaken to His love and provision and receive Him for who He really is and what He has done, then who He is and what He has done will become ours. The KJV uses this terminology in verse 12, “hath he quickened together in him, having forgiven you all trespasses.” So, we see, it was done long before we came along. On the surface, there is no argument with this, because we all know it is true. However, many times we do not live in this awareness. We keep trying to make sure we are forgiven, and so fill our time in doubt and unbelief. Nothing we have done was left out of that forgiveness. None of us are capable of sin so great that it was not included.

For us to even think those ways shows two things – neither of them profitable in the Spirit. 1) Too much self-importance, and therefore set ourselves outside of His forgiveness; 2) Unbelief in His ability to forgive. One is a form of self-worship, the other is unbelief of what He clearly states He has completed.

As we go through this book, let’s bow before His Majesty our Lord Jesus Christ, and receive Him and all He has completed for us. It will make an enormous difference in us when we allow these truths to penetrate our conscious minds. That will give the opportunity for them to become a part of our subconscious mind and create in us the ability to flow in the Spirit with Him in His ordering of our world according to His Kingdom.

Let’s read and reread this passage over and over and over and over (maybe even memorize a few of the verses). As we do so, praise will rise, and we will find ourselves in an abundance of joy!


Over All Principality and Power

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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:” Colossians 10-11 KJV

Circumcision is an uncomfortable subject, but the freedom in it is enormous! So, let’s unpack this and work in our hearts with what it is saying.

We have already discussed (previous post) about our being the same fullness of God that our Lord has. The KJV uses “complete” in this verse, but it is the same word, just a different part of speech, as the “fullness” describing our Lord Jesus as being the “fullness of the Godhead bodily.” So, it is describing us as having that same completeness. Included in the verse is “which is the head of all principality and power.” The inference is that as He is, so are we. This “fullness” is in charge of all rule and authority. That is putting us in charge of all that He is controlling. Now we are in really uncomfortable territory. We will all agree that our Lord Jesus Christ is the head – Yes! Our stutter comes when we realize in this passage He is talking about Himself and us. I believe that reluctance to embrace is the reason the Spirit continues to tell us more.

In a Bible class, the instructor or leader could ask, “What is the circumcision made without hands?” The well-taught class will answer, “The circumcision of the heart.” We can even ask, “When did that occur in your life?” The answer will be, “When Christ came into my heart.” All of that is correct. Now, look at it again. We have been circumcised without hands, and it cut away the foreskin of our hearts and made us uniquely His. Yes, oh yes! The explanation here in Colossians explains that.

11In 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:”

When we were circumcised in heart (when Christ came into our hearts) the “body of sins of the flesh” was put off (or cut off). In other words, we do not have two bodies that fight between themselves; the body of flesh and the spiritual body. No. We have one body made clean through the cleansing of Jesus Christ, full of the God-head and able and trained to use the authority He has given.

These thoughts continue through verse 15. It is going to be a journey. Are we uncomfortable yet? Yup.




All The Fullness…

overflowing-glass-347x2859 For in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily, 10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:” Colossians 2:9-10 KJV

This passage is precious! If we can comprehend what it is really saying, that is. Unfortunately, most of us come to the Scriptures with some form of previous understanding, and that can block what is actually being said. As we now try to allow the Holy Spirit to strip back the layers, we will try to see with new eyes and a new heart.

The word “dwelleth” in Greek means “to inhabit,” “to settle in,” “to be permanently established in.” So, in Christ Jesus “all the fullness of the Godhead dwells! WOW! This is awesome to know. In my Lord, the “fullness” of the total Godhead is living and moving. So just what is this “fullness?”

“Fullness” is a Greek word that means just what it says. Fullness, completion or completely full. So, Jesus was and is completely full of God Himself! He contains all the fullness of God.

The next phrase in the passage is “and ye are complete in him.” The word complete here is the same word (different form due to the different grammatical placement but same word) as the word “fullness.” So, what the passage says is that He is full of God and we are full of Him. If you have been “born from above” then you are full of Him. This is reminiscent of the passage in John 17:20-23:

20Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.” KJV

(The word in v.23 “perfect” is a different Greek word than the one we have in today’s passage. It can also be translated “complete” but has a different meaning of completeness. The same is true of the one used in the passage below. That meaning will be worked with in later studies).

And another – 1 John 4:17

17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.”

As He is, so are we in this world! That means we are full of Him. Our earthly bodies have become entirely full of Him, and His is wholly made full of God. This is a very high calling, Beloved Ones. We have been gifted in Him, by Him and with Him. It is incredible in every direction, and when it all begins to penetrate, our conscious beings will transform our nature by its very existence. More about that in the next post.

Learning to Love the Lord

 What a strange title! Agreed, but today’s post is a bit of a break in the study of Colossians only because I was “arrested” in my spirit this morning as I became aware of the need to keep the first thing – the first thing.

The cry to be “right” in our beings is huge. Most of us want very genuinely to be correct in what we believe and how we express our walk in Jesus. This need to be “right” actually works against us in expressing our Lord as we often forget that to love the Lord and to love one another is to be our overall expression in Him. That does not mean we do not warn; it does not mean we do not correct when that is within our sphere of authority (more on that later), but it does mean that our motive must be one of love – regardless. If love is not the core motive, then every “right” thing we write or speak ends up being much less than God’s best and desired outcome, and that includes this post.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 KJV

This fruit (singular) has nine characteristics. In context, this passage is placed immediately after the “works of the flesh” and is quite the opposite of that. We know about the works of the flesh (at least a beginning understanding), but at times we remain quite uninformed about this “fruit of the Spirit.” We probably know about it and may have been consciously aware of it and studied it but this fruit is only developed in fellowship with the Holy Spirit. He dwells in every believer, and He desires to grow from Himself each of these beautiful, emotional expressions within the believer. These are to be our motives in living and working in His heart. As we choose to love Him (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), spend time in Him, hunger to know Him, delight in His Word, relish His presence, embrace all He is for us and in us, these characteristics find expression first in our devotion to Him and then in His love to those we walk with on this dimension of life.

This has no short-cut. It takes time, devotion, and a being that desires, not to be right, but to be made right in Him. There is a world of difference in Him with “right.” The desire to right inevitably pit us one against another. The motive of love and longsuffering places us alongside each other learning to love Him and others through Him.

He loves us deeply and longs for us to begin to return that fullness of love. In that, His will finds expression on earth as it is in Heaven. May loving Him become the passion of our heart and the expression of our worship every moment. In this, we fellowship and become.

18 I will not leave you comfortless (orphans): I will come to you. 19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. 20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. 21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.” John 14:18-21 KJV


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 “8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit after the tradition of men, after the rudiments (elements) of the world, and not after Christ.” Colossians 1:8 KJV

See to it that no one carries you off as spoil or makes you yourselves captive by his so-called philosophy and intellectualism and vain deceit (idle fancies and plain nonsense), following human tradition (men’s ideas of the material rather than the spiritual world), just crude notions following the rudimentary and elemental teachings of the universe and disregarding [the teachings of] Christ (the Messiah). Colossians 2:8 (Amplified Classical Edition)

This verse is all about being careful and watchful about what we choose to believe. Jesus plus anything is not the true gospel of love. He and He alone is our Savior and His Word is the authority. That being said, there is so very much available to all of us through the various electronic systems, that we are prone to believe what any other Christian says is true.

I had a student like that long ago. They bought every trinket, believed every messenger (at least until the next one came) and although they loved Jesus, they were unstable as water and just could not come to peace with what the Word said. It was never enough and since He loved everyone, everyone should be heard.

I realize most of us do more “picking and choosing” than she ever did, but the Body of Christ is very easily led into the next popular teaching and tradition. This statement in Colossians 2 by Paul lets us know the problem is not a new one as he wrote this warning over 2,000 years ago. As we are studying through this precious book, we will do well to heed this (and other) warnings. All of our systems of beliefs have traditions and ways of believing that can become a tradition or a way of thinking and that can become a hindrance to the purity of the gospel.

There is no “quick” avenue to changing hearts. It begins in an instant of willingness and then must continue through-out life for a true Spirit change that produces the fruit of that fellowship. Things that are helpful in the beginning can easily turn into “how it is to be done,” and then we have a custom or tradition or doctrine.

As we continually study the Word and allow the Holy Spirit to train our thoughts, we will begin to be warned when something is a “bit off.” I had this happen a few weeks ago. I was online and began to listen to a brother as he talked about a particular truth. What he said was actually correct, but the spirit within Him was fighting. He was not at peace at all. I had tried to listen before and did not know why I could not listen long. All of a sudden, in Spirit, I saw a man struggling to be right. Not struggling to hear in order to present – that brings peace. Whatever this was, it was enough to warn me. I did not finish the presentation. Your fellowship in the Holy Spirit will warn you.

18 Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.”  Luke 8:18 KJV

It is very important to guard our hearts and one way we do that is to “take heed how we hear.” Our hearing-gate and eye-gates are very important. When something seems to be a bit off, check it out with the Word. Diligent students of the Word are always rewarded by the Spirit. He will begin to show you.


Walk In Him

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6As 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.” Colossians 2:6-7 KJV

We received our Lord Jesus freely and with joy! It does not matter what our circumstances were when we received, all that is important now is that we did receive. Now the instruction comes to “walk,” or we would say “Live in Him.” It is important that we see it is not just living obediently, nor just with awareness of Him. The passage says “in Him!” That is precisely the point. We do not live and move anymore independently. Oh yes, we have our free will, but we still are not by ourselves. We live in Him. He does everything we choose to do. So, we see now how imperative it is that we live in Him obediently and in joy.

Paul continues his thought with words that describe a tree – rooted, built up, established in the faith, as you have been taught. The expectation of the life lived in Him! We are to grow spiritually into trees of righteousness as prophesied in Isaiah 61:3,

“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.”

This type of growth has as its core the gift of God – Jesus Christ. For all who will then submit themselves to the training of the Spirit through Word, authority, circumstances, and seasons – they will find themselves firm in the faith and unmovable in Him. The winds of time nor the anxiousness of tomorrow do not move them, for they are established “in Him.”

The release through them of constant and consistent thanksgiving is evidence of their life call and placement. Those who choose to stay rooted and to learn the ways of the Spirit’s empowering will rise up in thanksgiving every time. None of this is automatic. It is dependent upon one’s choice and willingness to allow. His desire to live in us does not equal a full grown “tree.” Instead, when the willingness is there, the body will follow and learn to live in Him.

We spend too much time empathizing with our flesh likes and dislikes. We watch others and compare. None of that is profitable in Spirit. We have chosen Him. Therefore, He expects that His welcome and power will invade every avenue of our being so we are a part of His Body in ways we have not yet experienced. We live in Him.

May we take to heart this passage. Commit it to memory and begin to allow its truth to permeate our beings in Him.