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Colossians 2:13


13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;

In this verse Paul used some of the same words but with very different meanings. In verse 12 he spoke of the Colossian saints as being complete, partially because they were "buried with Him in baptism" and raised from the dead to a new life. In other words, they had died to the life that they had lived in the flesh and had risen from the waters to live a new spiritual life.

Here, however, he speaks of them as being dead in their sins and their uncircumcision before they were converted. They were spiritually dead, their flesh and their hearts were uncircumcised, and they had no relationship with Jesus Christ.

It would be wise for us to study what Paul had written to the Ephesian saints on this topic. "And you [hath he quickened], who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)" (Ephesians 2:1-5)

Those who are dead in their sins live according to the ways of the world. They serve the "prince of the power of the air," the devil. They have this wicked spirit working within them, enslaving them to sinful living and leading them to be disobedient to God. They live for the purpose of fulfilling the desires of their own flesh and corrupted minds. These unsaved persons are the children of wrath, condemned to spend eternity in hell, separated from all the goodness of God. They cannot save themselves and they cannot work their way back into God's graces. Nevertheless, God loves His elect and has quickened them, i.e. gave them a rebirth, a spiritual and eternal life with His Son Jesus Christ. "Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." (John 1:13)

Along with this rebirth, God has forgiven His elect for all of their trespasses past, present and future. In fact, those "sins" that we commit when we stumble or commit unknowingly are not even counted as sins, for their is no more condemnation for us. "Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him." (1 John 3:6) This does not mean that we never do anything that would be against the will of God, but that He does not recognize it as sin, because we live by faith and are His children.

Before The Throne:

Are you living according to the world or according to the new life that Christ has to offer you? Ask God to give you the assurance that you have been born again and changed from a child of wrath into a child of God. You should know by observing your own activities, but sometimes we can be in denial or have a misunderstanding of what it means to be saved. How have you been changed? Ask Him to reveal His plan for you.

For Further Study:

** dead. Ezek 37:1-10; Luke 9:60; Luke 15:24, 32; Rom 6:13; 2Cor 5:14-15; Eph 2:1-6; Eph 5:14; 1Tim 5:6; Heb 6:1; Heb 9:14; Jas 2:17, 20, 26; ** the uncircumcision. Eph 2:11; ** he. Ps 71:20; Ps 119:50; John 5:21; John 6:63; Rom 4:17; Rom 8:11; 1Cor 15:36, 45;
2Co 3:6; ** marg: 1Ti 6:13; ** having. Ps 32:1; Isa 1:18; Isa 55:7; Jer 31:34; Acts 13:38-39; 2Cor 5:19; Heb 8:10-12; 1John 1:7-9; 1John 2:12;


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