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  • Writer's pictureRICHARD DEAN BROOKS



11In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, 12having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead.

2: 11-12   In this passage, Paul relates the Old Testament sign of circumcision to baptism; therefore, some see baptism as the New Testament sign of the covenant that identifies the believer with the covenant community. Baptism parallels the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, and it also portrays the death and burial of our sinful old way of life followed by resurrection to new life in Christ. Remembering that our old, sinful life is dead and was buried with Christ gives us a powerful motive to resist sin. Not wanting the wrong desires of our pasts to come back to power again, we can treat those desires as if they were dead and gone. Then we can continue to enjoy our wonderful new life with Christ

2: 11   Jewish males were circumcised as a sign of the Jews’ covenant with God (Genesis 17: 9-14). With the death of Christ, the rite of circumcision was no longer necessary. Now our commitment to God is written on our hearts, not our bodies. Christ sets us free from our evil desires by performing a spiritual operation, removing the old nature and giving us a new nature.Tyndale. NIV Life Application Study Bible.

ON THE WAY HOME WALK WITH JESUS and KNOW that through JESUS CHRIST and what he did AT THE CROSS and his RESURECTION we can have a life free from the punishment of death that we all so rightly deserve. by RICHARD DEAN BROOKS

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