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...When They Nailed Him to the Tree?

Nailed: Jesus, a sign, and a record of debt

 

6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him,

 

Colossians 1:28 …that we may present everyone te,leion (mature, Whole, Complete, Perfect,) in Christ. (rom. 12 God’s will; james 1.25 perfect law)

[walk should be] 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

8 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.
(Ethics, Logic, Epistemology, & Metaphysics)  Philosophies, Traditions and Animism which do not produce mature, edified saints who are thankful – “Empty”

9 For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,  (cut through all the speculation!)

10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.

11 In him also you were circumcised [?] 1. Challenging a tradition 2. Emphasizing our completeness in Christ, who is the fullness of G-d) [What did Circ. Represent? A couple things: 1. A sign reminding the Jews that they had a relationship with God,  On the 8th day, everyone knew that a little boy was going to lose his Prepuce.  This was the sign that marked out the Jews as different from the other cultures. But the physical also has a Spiritual application: uncircumcision represented stubborn sinfulness. "Therefore circumcise the foreskin of your heart, and be stiff-necked no longer" (Deuteronomy 10:16), Therefore circumcision represented the removal of sin and walking in obedience to the laws of God. In discussing a truly dedicated people, (Deuteronomy 30:6). "And the LORD your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live"

with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, [that spiritual circumcision has arrived in Christ!  And for the NT saints, it’s gender inclusive…

12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead.

13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses,

14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.

-- why is he so demanding?  Put us in a place that displays his glory, his design, his ordering… Given us his Image and demands that we treat others as though they bear it too… Given us talents and gifts to share with others… Given us his word which reveals what we are to believe and how we are to live…

-- Illustrate:  City of Refuge (Not DT 27)  Still responsible for the shedding of blood – demanding, someone had the right to avenge – flee to safety – would the demands ever be met?  No.  But was there a time when the record of spilled blood could be wiped clean?  Yes, High Priest Death…

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