• Bishop Keith Butler

And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 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. (Colossians 2:10-11)

Paul made it a point to use specific terminology when discussing the gentile believers here in Colossians 2:10-11. The first phrase you should note is complete in Him.

In the first century, Judaizers went from church to church, telling the Gentiles they were not yet wholly Christian until they had a physical circumcision performed.

The Jewish adherents of circumcision understood the historicity of this sign of the covenant. When God came to Abram (eventually called Abraham) in Genesis 17, He asked Abram to make a physical mark of covenant between his people and God. That sign of the covenant was the physical circumcision of every male, including Abraham himself, who was 99 years old. This was a tangible sign of Abraham’s and his people’s covenant with God.

Paul wrote this text in Colossians 2:10-11 to explain that the circumcision of those in the New Covenant is not made physically; instead, it is a circumcision of the heart.

Just as physical circumcision involves cutting off a part of the male's flesh, heart circumcision is deciding to follow God and put our flesh under the subjection of the Word.

We have been circumcised, not physically, but in our hearts. We have been made covenant people.

Practical Application – Circumcision was a physical act to demonstrate a relationship with and devotion to God. New Covenant circumcision isn’t supposed to be different. Ask yourself this week, “Can people tell I have a relationship with God by how I act and speak?”

1 Corinthians 7:19; Galatians 6:15

  • Bishop Keith Butler

For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. (Colossians 2:9)

The Bible is clear from the very beginning that God is three different and distinct people. God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Ghost. In Genesis, God speaks in the plural form stating, “Let us make man in our image.”

Although there is a difference in operation, each member of the godhead operates in the fullness of power. God the Father, Jesus, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are all omnipotent; One is not weaker than the others.

Christ didn’t come on this earth as anything less than divine. He isn’t half-God and half-man, He is fully God and fully man. When on this earth, He operated as a man anointed by God, but make no mistake - He was fully God.

Christ has always been full of divinity and did not become deity after some time on this earth, as some religions try to say.

Jesus is also not less God than the Father or the Holy Spirit. Paul wrote Colossians 1:9 to confront a wrong theological standpoint that tried to lessen the power and the authority of Christ.

Even today, many religions teach that Christ was a good man or an enlightened person; they acknowledge He was different but less than God.

Jesus is an essential part of the Triune God and will be so for eternity. He never stopped being God, even during His time of ministry while He was on earth.

Practical Application – Take a moment to thank Jesus for what He has done. Remind yourself that although He was God, He was willing to live and die as a human so that we could be free.

John 10:30; John 17:11

  • Bishop Keith Butler

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. (Colossians 2:8)

Paul begins Colossians 2:8 with a powerful word, beware. The word in Greek is blepo, and it means to look on, regard, see, or perceive with the utmost attention. Paul wanted us to understand that if we believe lies that men tell, it can cause us to fall.

The word spoil in this verse means to be seduced. That’s the goal of media: to entice you into a false sense of understanding when, in fact, you have been blinded. The world's media system will agree with science when it suits them and disagrees with science when it doesn't fit their agenda. They will tell you about deadly diseases that cause human fatalities, but if you talk to them about a sperm and an egg creating human life, even though science confirms it, they will not agree because they choose not to.

Science tells you that partaking of drugs like marijuana will kill your brain cells, yet they have made it legal. Let me tell you the truth, the world around you doesn’t believe in science, they believe in their agenda.

That’s exactly what Paul wrote. There are four areas that the world uses to spoil men.

  • Philosophy - Selfish ideals that try to say that man can fix his own problems without Christ.

  • Vain deceit – Delusions - Facts and figures that are falsely presented to fool you into believing what they say.

  • Tradition – Traditions people blindly follow that are cultural and un-biblical.

  • Rudiments of this world - Using the world for your pleasure and not God’s purpose.

Practical Application – What does the Bible say about our bodies? What does the Bible say about food? What does the Bible say about life? What does the Bible say about kingdoms and government? Find out and choose to believe what the Bible says.

Proverbs 15:2; Proverbs 19:3





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