The first 2 lessons we looked at the clear distinction and consequences of walking in the flesh versus walking in the Spirit. Many times people strive to “do right” and “clean up their life”, yet fail. The reason we, as people, fail to do what we know we should is because we are striving in the flesh. The problem is, the flesh is weak and until we understand that we are in a spiritual war with an enemy that hates us we will lose. It is only in Christ Jesus that we will have victory over sin. When we realize our complete dependency on God for everything we will always look to Him in prayer and His Word. A main theme in Colossians is “In Christ”. When we seek to abide in Him, seek to serve and love Him more, we will be equipped to put off the old self and we will not be deceived by the deceit of this world.
Colossians 2:6-14 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 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. 9 For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. 11 In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 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.
1) How many times do we see “in” in these 8 verses? ________
2) What are the two things Paul warns us not to be taken captive by in verse 8?
3) Of these 2 things in question #2, how does Paul say it will happen; according to what?
4) “Fullness of deity” means “Godhead”, in verse 9 it says “In Him” the fullness of deity dwells bodily; who is “Him” referring to?
5) If we are born-again we have Spiritual Life, if we are not born again, what is our spiritual condition because of our trespasses (verse 13, first half)? __________________
6) When we put our faith in Jesus and repent God does something with our “sin debt”; what does He do(verse 14)? ____________________________________________
7) What did He do with it(verse 14) ________________________________________