Scripture Reading: Colossians 2:6-
And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:
Starts literally “You are in Him filled full.” Spiritual as opposed to physical circumcision. Not a removal of a piece of flesh, but putting off the whole body of the flesh.
Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.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;14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross
Identification with Christ death and resurrection. Dead in sin and uncircumcision—flesh hasn’t been dealt with. Quickened—made alive together. Not your own life, but life joined together with Christ. Blotting out—wiping out. Law condemns but offers no power to keep it. Against/Contrary—our enemy, adversary because we were incapable of doing it. Weakness is in us, not the law.
Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,19 And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
Beguile—to defraud you out of victory/salvation, has to do with an umpire, event in a stadium. Not a joint life with Christ but an achievement for your flesh that rejects Christ as Head—Christ is above all else. By each member holding to Christ, the Body is nourished and strengthened. Dead/Living—if you are dead with Christ, why live as though you were still alive to earthly things? Dead people don’t use their stuff.Perish—all things fall apart when you use them.
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
We were alive to the world and dead to God; as believers we are alive to God and dead to the world. Hid with Christ—our spiritual life is unseen to the world, not focused in external, showy evidence. Shall appear—Manifest, opposite of hidden. Our life in Christ will not be seen by the world until Christ’s return. Mortify—you are dead in Christ, so live this deadness by killing off the actual deeds of the flesh.
Colossians 3:8-9—Put off
And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;13 Forbearing one another [present], and forgiving one another [past], if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
New—recently born, young, fresh, recent. Renewed—cause to grow up, strength and vigor for new life. Above all—Love is the chief virtue and keeps together all the rest.