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Family Devotion Week of November 14

13 And when you were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive with Him and forgave us all our trespasses. 14 He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and opposed to us, and has taken it out of the way by nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and disgraced them publicly; He triumphed over them by Him. Col. 2:16   Therefore, don’t let anyone judge you in regard to food and drink or in the matter of a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day. 17 These are a shadow of what was to come; the substance is the Messiah.
Monday

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13 And when you were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive with Him and forgave us all our trespasses.

This death in the sense that Paul uses the word here, refers especially to condemnation, a present state that afflicts all humans in their natural state because of Adam’s original sin.  Death is not a future condition…. it’s our present situation. But glory be to God, without Christ we can do nothing to get Christ, but in Christ we find rescue from our trespasses and are made abundantly alive.

[Original sin] does not refer to Adam’s first sin, but to the guilt and tendency to sin with which we are born. It is "original" in that it comes from Adam, and it is also original in that we have it from the beginning of our existence as persons, but it is still our sin, not Adam’s sin, that is meant. – Wayne Grudem

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Tuesday

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12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,

Paul reminds us of this glorious truth: we have been forgiven (past tense) from all trespasses. Your sins that stood against you were forgiven on the cross. Thus our forgives is not now contingent on the Lord doing something additional (as if He must react every time we win) but our response to the forgiveness. Our Lord is not a reactionary God but a proactive Savior. Before you sinned, He me made the way for redemption. Know this, if you receive Christ (2:6) you have already been forgiven and will be made alive! So often we are tempted to dwell on the destructive lingering effects of our sins, yet in Christ we find complete covering for all sins past, present, future. This is why he Rose from the dead; because dead people need to see that resurrection is possible!

I will not boast in anything,

No gifts, no power, no wisdom;

But I will boast in Jesus Christ,

His death and resurrection.

Why should I gain from His reward?

I cannot give an answer;

But this I know with all my heart -

His wounds have paid my ransom.

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Wednesday

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14 He erased the certificate of debt, with its obligations, that was against us and opposed to us, and has taken it out of the way by nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and disgraced them publicly; He triumphed over them by Him.

Here is how Jesus offers us salvation. He wiped out the handwriting of the certificate of debt. So what is written and in whose hand is this note written? The word handwriting/certificate in Greek is a composition of two words hand (xier) and to write (grapho). It is properly an autograph and especially a note of hand or a bond. Colossians gives us a graphic picture that all human beings have signed an IOU in which we pledge complete allegiance to God. Today rest assured knowing that Jesus Christ nailed your hand written sin debt on the Cross.

Jesus paid it all,

All to Him I owe;

Sin had left a crimson stain,

He washed it white as snow

Sin had left a crimson stain,

He washed it white as snow

O Praise the one who paid my debt

And raised this life up from the dead

O Praise the one who paid my debt

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Thursday

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15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and disgraced them publicly; He triumphed over them by Him.

Col. 2:16   Therefore, don’t let anyone judge you in regard to food and drink or in the matter of a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day. 17 These are a shadow of what was to come; the substance is the Messiah.

Listen to this important spiritual principle. If Christ has released us from debtor’s spiritual prison, we must never go back! God delivered us from every power that would try to claim title to our lives, to win possession of us, or generally to bring harm to us. Reflecting on the recent election season, many Christians have let others claim title to their lives (whether republican, democrat, libertarian, or even abstaining from voting).  Do not let anything win possession of your life. Today, do not take any label other than a follower of Jesus Christ!

From the great steeple of St Mary’s church, a bugle has been sounded every day for the last 700 years. The last note on the bugle is always muted and broken, as if some disaster had befallen the bugler. This 700-year-old commemoration is a memory of a heroic trumpeter who one night summoned the people to defend their city against the invading Tartars. As he was sounding the blast on the last trumpet an arrow from one of the Tartars struck and killed him. So there is always a muffled note at the end The Kraovians have never forgotten this heroic warning. In the same way Paul warns the church of deadly arrows.  

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Friday

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15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and disgraced them publicly; He triumphed over them by Him.

Col. 2:16   Therefore, don’t let anyone judge you in regard to food and drink or in the matter of a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day. 17 These are a shadow of what was to come; the substance is the Messiah.

God’s victory in your life and victory over the powers of this world are not a private matter. Jesus makes a public spectacle of them! The idea of public display is strongly accentuated in Greek and alludes to the Roman custom of awarding victorious generals a “victory parade.” Behind, as the victorious party rode in splendor through the city, would follow in chains, prisoners from the successful campaign just concluded. Are you holding onto sins, chains, ideals, that are holding you captive? Maybe today you need to celebrate in public the victory God has given you in private. Take time to celebrate spiritual victories this week.

O victory in Jesus,

My Savior, forever.

He sought me and bought me

With His redeeming blood;

He loved me ere I knew Him

And all my love is due Him,

He plunged me to victory,

Beneath the cleansing flood.

 

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