Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,
So walk in Him. How did you receive him? By faith. How should you continue to live in him? By faith. It’s faith in God’s grace from start to finish. The believer starts their Christian walk in faith. The challenge is to continue in the faith and not be seduced into dead works and unbelief (Col. 1:23).
The Good News Bible translates this passage, “since you have accepted Christ Jesus as Lord, live in union with him.” A married person who continues to act like a single person is going to miss out on many of the blessings of marriage. Similarly, a Christian who fails to draw from their union with Christ is going to miss many of the blessings of that union. New life is meant to be lived; it’s meant to be expressed and enjoyed and worked out to such a degree that it results in praise to the Father.
and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority;
In Him you have been made complete. In union with the Lord, you lack no good thing. In him, you are holy, righteous, and perfectly pleasing to God.
and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ;
The circumcision of Christ. Any sinful nature you had has been removed by the Lord. You do not have two natures duelling inside you. One with the Lord you have his heart, his desires, his spiritual DNA. You are a partaker of his divine nature (2 Pet. 1:4).
From time to time you’re going to stumble and when you do you may wonder why you did it. You may think that you’re hard-wired to sin and that you need to die to self. That’s not true. You died already (Gal. 2:20, 5:24). You are not a saint with a sinful nature. You are a completely new creation with new desires.
We sin when we walk by sight rather than faith (Rom. 14:23). We may do it out of habit or ignorance. But when we set our minds on earthly things and indulge the lusts of the flesh we are acting out of character. We are no longer acting from our true identity as children of God.
The remedy is to renew your mind and realize that Christ is your life (Col 3:4). Learn to walk in the new way of the spirit and make no provision for the lusts of the flesh (Rom. 13:14).
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