Prayer: Lord Jesus, I look forward to Your appearing and glory; please guide me to live so as to please You in all I aspire and do. Amen.
Colossians 2:13 “And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses.”In this verse, instead of a Dative of Means/Cause Paul uses the preposition en plus the dative (“where the simple dative of instrument might have been used” -Thayers). Sorry if this is getting too technical, but it's imperative to understand that the “deadness” is not due to some “inherent depravity” but the willful rebellion against God. (If you think uncircumcision is inherent, check out Rom 2:25, it's the result of law-breaking). So, this is not about “total depravity” despite its use by those whose theology clouds their understanding of the argument and grammar (see Calvinism For Dummies on Truthbase.net). Paul is writing to believers about the basis for unity necessary to display the glory of God.
Col 2:12 having been buried together with Him in baptism, in which also you were raised together through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.Col 3:1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.
Romans 6:4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, so that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall be in the likeness of His resurrection; 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, so that the body of sin may be done away with, that we should no longer serve sin.
Luke 22:30 so that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel."Acts 20:32 "So now, brethren, I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.Acts 26:18 to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.'
Definition: Good works are purposeful Christlike actions, prompted and enabled by the HS of grace, which eternally benefit others (through having real needs met), God (by making Him look good in the eyes of others) and ourselves (through growth and reward).
- fellow heirs;
- fellow members of the Body;
- fellow partakers of the promise in the Messiah, proclaimed in the good news (about the kingdom).
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for the rich inheritance You have planned for your faithful children; may I live for seeing Your glory displayed in both my present church life, as well as in my life in the Messiah's future kingdom. Amen.