Advent Day 30: Colossians 2:13-15

January 1, 2023

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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, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. - Colossians 2:13-15

You were dead, o my soul. In thy trespasses. Thy trespasses separated thee from Thy Creator - the child became a stranger, the friend became an enemy, the subject became a rebel, the wife became a harlot. Oh has Thy trespass changed thy relation to the God that loved thee and formed thee fearfully and wonderfully. Thy flesh, uncircumcised is now corrupted, filthy, dwelling and loving the darkness. Distant is the Lord, not physically, but relationally. That is thy trespasses’ debt oh soul - death relationally and for eternity, for thou loved the darkness and wilfully rebelled against Thy good, wise, holy King.

But God.

But God made thee alive! He made thee alive together with Christ. Christ born of a manger, born to redeem, was crucified. Why? That He may die. For in his death, shall the debt of thy trespasses be satisfied. The debt that stood against us as we come before the judgment throne of almighty God, cries to us ”damnation, damnation!” this is what you deserve!” “It is paid” sayeth the Father. My Son, my only begotten Son, in whom I am well pleased, His death on behalf of this rebel, this scoundrel - His death has satisfied the debt of this rebel. What does this mean? oh my soul asks! It means that thou no longer have to pay the debt of thy trespasses, for the Lord GOD is not unjust to require payment for a debt already paid. Yet, more importantly, it means that thou oh soul, unworthy as you are, you have NO MORE DEBT TO PAY! All of the debt of thy trespasses has been paid. All! Not a single drop of debt remains for you to be paid - for thou in all thy goodness will never be able to pay for such a debt, and Christ for all His goodness has satisfied Thy debt that not one transgression is He unable to pay. Hallelujah!

But why? That He may prove to be the just and justifier over all authority and rulers. He disarms them by His triumph, for lo they were sure His promises were for naught. Were they not sure that He existed not, and if He did, would not care to deliver His people from their sins. Furthermore, these rebels masquarading as authorities and principalities thought that they have usurped the role of God. For rebels have ascertained that they can save themselves and others. Rebels have asserted that they have the power and authority to deliver. No! Christ, only You, has died and satisfied my debt against the Holy One. Only Christ, the Father has risen from the dead, that I, though feeble my faith is, who trust in Him, will be raised up with Him on that day. Risen I now with Him, yet I shall see This on that blessed day!

Oh Savior of my soul and body, my Jesus - Thou has made me alive, and I thank God truly.


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