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Colossians, Chapter Two, Lesson Three

REMINDING THE FLOCK            Page 2
V.11 (cont'd.)

** Was Paul referring to a surgical procedure?

No, this circumcision comes only through faith in Jesus Christ and was "made without hands".
cf. Acts 7:51 and Romans 2:28-29

** Paul's metaphorical use of the practice of circumcision was important because of the view held by many of the false teachers in his day which said that you could only become saved if you literally were circumcised (Acts 15:1). What does this "circumcision of Christ" accomplish according to Paul?

"...the removal of the body of the flesh..."

** What does Paul have in mind with that statement?

He is referring to the sinful, fallen human nature which totally dominated us before our salvation and how it can be removed through faith in Christ.
All see - Romans 6:5-11; We are freed from sin and made alive to God

Galatians 5:19-21 and 24; While the flesh still has the potential of influencing our actions, we can choose to deny it.

Colossians 3:5; We will be successful as we consider ourselves as "dead" to the temptations of flesh.

V.12 ** Having reminded the Colossians of this great work of Christ on their behalf, of what does he remind them next?

They had been "buried with Him in baptism".

** Is Paul suggesting that you cannot be saved by literal circumcision, but you can be saved if you will just get baptized?

No - Both would amount to legalism, or salvation by works.
cf. Romans 6:1-4, 1Corinthians 10:1-4, 1Peter 3:21

** Then what does Paul add here in verse 12 to let us know he is talking about a spiritual baptism?

Our burial and our being raised up with Christ is all done through faith in the working of God.

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