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ALL Our Sins

Colossians 2:6-15 (NIV)

6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.
9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. 11 In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.
13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

Look at verses 13-14 of Colossians 2:

 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. – Colossians 2:13-14 (NIV)

I love the last part of verse 13:

He forgave us all our sins… – Colossians 2:13b (NIV)

What a wonderful phrase (Hakuna matata?  Nah!)!  I would like you to focus on one word in that phrase: all.  Paul says that it is while we were dead in our sin that God made us alive with Christ.  He has raised us from the spiritual grave.  It was while we were sinners, not when we were perfect.  Instead of making us clean up our acts and get everything in order, God took the first step.  He reached out to us in grace and forgiveness through the cross.  Through Jesus, all of our sins are forgiven – past, present and future!  They are gone!  They are no more!  The debt has been paid once and for all!  Stop focusing on your sin and start living in the freedom of grace.  God has washed us clean in the blood of Christ and though we were once dead, we are now alive.  Notice the difference – we are no longer dead in our sins.  We are alive with Christ!  Just as He lives, so too do we.  Because we have this wonderful gift of love, we should desire to please God.  How do we do that?  Colossians 1:9-12 (NIV) tells us:

We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.

 
The fact is that we can live lives that please God and because of His grace and mercy and forgiveness, that is what we should strive for.
PRAYER: God, I want to live a life that pleases You today. Thank You for Your grace, mercy and forgiveness that have saved me from ALL of my sins. I praise You for Your compassion and love. Thank You for saving me. In Jesus’ precious name, amen.
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