“11In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision make without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raise Him from the dead. 13And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, 14having wiped out the handwriting of the requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 15Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” Colossians 2:11-15 NKJV
I am choosing to place the entire paragraph here together from the NKJV so we can read the “pieces parts” together and see how it all joins to give us the total victory. We often think we are working toward victory, but this passage says we are totally free and entirely victorious because He has completed the work to make it so.
Our lack of entering into that victory is a mind game the enemy plays on us (which we often believe). The good news of the passage is dangerous – because if we indeed receive it and choose to enter into its truth, then the enemy truly is defeated at every turn. Our Lord Jesus utterly defeated Him and gave us every benefit of that defeat. All the angels know, all the heavenly hosts know – the victory is entirely ours.
I think, sometimes, our “receivers” are a bit diminished by through unbelief. We have made it a mind thing (playing right into the hands of our enemy), while Jesus made it a Spirit truth. Spirit truths are not first accessed through our minds, although a transformed mind is a great and glorious benefit to the Holy Spirit in us. The mind is a useful tool – when transformed. But when it thinks “what it sees and feels” then it is missing the truth and the power of that truth.
Spirit truths are accessed through the Spirit through faith. That trust allows our Spirit (one with Him according to 1 Corinthians 6:17) to receive what the Spirit knows is truth. We begin to receive the Word as truth instead of what we see and feel, and then start to “see” in faith as the Bible teaches.
This will mean living in total victory on a daily basis. Our Lord Jesus did not leave any victory out for the enemy to claim was his. No! A thousand times No! He did it all. Now to receive and receive and receive and receive!
Have a marvelous Resurrection Day Celebration this week-end!
Lord, we long to be open receivers of your truth. So, as we choose to train our minds in the Word, increase our faith’s ability to see and know. Then what you have told us will be real in us and usable for our daily life in Spirit. We love and trust you. Thank you!
Photo by Renee Hoyle – used by permission.