SGA 13th. Street Baptist Church Colossians Lesson 5


Lesson 5
Colossians 2:8-13

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After expressing his great concern and care for the church at Colosse, Paul begins to warn them of false teachers and their errors.

(Vs. 8.) In this verse the error of false religion is dealt with under three heads:

(Vs. 9.) There is nothing that will make a believer look to Christ alone, cling to and rest in Christ alone, more than to realize that everything God is, that God requires and that the sinner needs is in Christ (1 Cor. 1:30). This is the third time that Paul has told the Colossians that all fulness is in Christ (see Col. 1:19; 2:3). You can add nothing to fulness!

(Vs. 10.) We are perfect in him! He is perfect, and our being in him makes us perfect. This is not speaking of what we shall be, but of what we are right now in Christ! Not in ourselves, but in him. He is the head of all principality and power (not only in the church, but angels, kings, rulers, religious heads, etc.) In him there is no charge, obligation, duty or service that can be demanded of us for redemption - not by anyone! (Col. 1:21,22.)

(Vs. 11.) Circumcision was instituted by God (Gen. 17:10-13).

(Vs. 12.) We are not only circumcised in Christ in a spiritual sense (having the token, evidence and power of the covenant of grace), but all our sins are buried with Christ (of which our baptism in water is a representation)! Christ died for our sins and was buried. When he arose, all our sins were left behind! It is through faith that we see ourselves crucified, buried and risen with Christ. It is not just any faith, but that which is of God's operation!

(Vs. 13.) God raised Christ from the dead, and God must raise us from the dead. We were dead in trespasses and sins (Eph. 2:1-8). Forgiveness of sin is not done piecemeal, but is done at once and includes all sin – past, present and future (1 John 1:7).

When we savingly believe in Christ, we are at that moment united to Christ. All that Christ did, suffered, or procured as our Head (whether in his life, death, burial, resurrection, or exaltation) is imputed to us by God, even to the right to all these benefits, given to us as if we had been personally present with him at those times and had done them all ourselves (Eph. 1:3; 2:6).

Henry Mahan is pastor of
Thirteenth Street Baptist Church
Ashland, Ky.