Tuesday April 27, 2021

Tuesday – April 27th – Colossians 2:11-12
 
 
2:11 In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 
12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. 
 
 
 
The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:
        WHEN YOU SEE A WORTHY PERSON, EMULATE HIM OR HER; WHEN YOU SEE AN UNWORTHY PERSON, EXAMINE YOURSELF.*
 
     Hello Tuesday! What a great inspirational statement for us to ponder today. This thought stands as a great challenge to remember to open our eyes to the actions and reactions of those around us. Secondly, we are encouraged to create and then apply a filter to determine what is worthy or unworthy in the eyes and heart of God. Finally, we are instructed to put into action those things that bring glory to God and draw others toward a relationship with God. And that my friends should keep us busy for the rest of this week at least.
 
    Our pick verses for today focus on how, through the actions of God, we become connected to the Kingdom of Heaven. In these two verses Paul relates circumcision to baptism; in Paul’s teaching baptism is the New Testament sign of the covenant which identifies the transformed believer as a new life in Christ and as a member within the covenant community of the church. Baptism parallels the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. It also portrays the death and burial of our old sinful way of life which is then followed by resurrection to new life in Christ. When we remember that our old sinful life is now dead and buried with Christ, it gives us a powerful motive to resist temptation and sinful actions. Not wanting the desires of our past to regain power over us again, we can consciously choose to treat our desires as if they were dead to us. Only then can we continue to enjoy our wonderful new life in Christ. And we also become a person whose life is worthy to emulate.

Blessings
   Pastor Jim
Wednesday – April 28th – Colossians 2:13-14

*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Kindle Locations 23402-23403). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
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