when you came to Christ you were circumcised but not by a physical procedure.
Christ performed a spiritual circumcision – the cutting away of your sinful nature.
for you were buried with Christ when you were baptized.
and with Him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God who raised Christ from the dead.
you were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature wasn’t yet cut away.
then God made you alive with Christ for He forgave all our sins.
He cancelled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross.
in this way He disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities.
He shamed them publicly by His victory over them on the cross.
this cutting away of the sinful nature is referred to by paul as a circumcision of the heart which is not the same as a circumcision of the flesh in the physical sense though in a spiritual sense it is a circumcision of the flesh also because God is cutting away the fleshly carnal or sinful nature from our lives and reorientating our thinking patterns so we hate what we used to love and love instead what He loves.
this is the result of His transforming of our nature by the power of His blood shed on the cross.
we literally underwent spiritual surgery in our psychic realm operated on by the greatest physician to ever walk amongst the heavens or the earth.
for who could know the cure to every disease be it spiritual or physical other than our creator who is not the author of sickness or confusion but always the solution to it?
it is funny to think of ourselves as being buried while we are still breathing but the burial this passage speaks of is not a physical one but a spiritual burying of the old man or old lady or the old self our old way of thinking the patterns of behaviour that must necessarily die in order for Christ to reign over and live in us.
you would not want your house to be full of muck if the queen came to visit.
how much more should we prepare our hearts for the arrival of the king of kings for His indwelling presence within us?
trusting in God’s power causes us to be spiritually resurrected just as death for Jesus had no sting for He conquered hell and the grave.
He didn’t need invisible wings to fly all He needed was His all sufficient self El Shaddai.
it is in our daily decisions we undergo the continual process of cutting away or shutting off the influence of the enemy.
we must be vigilant and continually prepared for warfare.
we do not have to be scared of our nemesis but we must recognise the battle is real and it belongs to the Lord.
no weapon fashioned against us shall stand in conquering might over the glory of His presence.
our sins are forgiven past present and future.
we do not grasp how incredible this is until we recognize all the evil that Christ has saved and is continually saving us from by the simple act of planting our trust in the nurturing field of His heart where we grow more intimate and more imitative of Him.
on youth with a mission we did an activity where we nailed the sins that had a hold over our lives to the cross in the hope that we would not continue to repeat those patterns of behaviour, that we would not be locked in those evil lifestyles for all eternity, that we might be redeemed from righteousness and walk no longer in wickedness which only leads to a guilty conscience and eternal misery torture and separation from God.
the devil cant remind us of our sins anymore cos God has destroyed their power over us by breaking their contractual obligation that we should reap what we sow for He has paid the price for us becoming the sacrifice that we need in order to be clean and have our debt wiped clear.
if Jesus has nailed our sins to the cross we shouldn’t be foolish and keep on taking them back again.
we should let Him deal with them and go and sin no more.
He gives us the ability to walk free from habits and lifestyles that enslave us and drag us down to the snakepit.
the devil has been made publicly embarrassed by Christ’s victory gained over him in His death on the cross and His resurrection from the grave.
let us remain resurrected in our spirits and not return to our dead stinky wrecked selves which existed before we knew Him as saviour Lord greatest lover and friend all rolled into one amazing phenomenal mind blowing package !
live long and prosper staying centred in His will