“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.