Sermon: Without Human Hands Colossians 2:9-15

November 27, 2017


Sermon: Without Human Hands Colossians 2:9-15
We are saved by faith and not by works (Faith Alone).  This is an easy concept but we tend to want to earn our way.  We cannot earn our salvation.  If we put faith in any work or anything besides Christ we do not have salvation.  These verses show us everything God has done for us.  This is wholly a work of God, without human hands.
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 By: Bryan Walker Given on: 11/26/2017  Sermon plays on KWHW 93.5 FM on: 12/10/2017
    • The focus of this section is what God has done for us
        • Give thanks
Colossians 2:9-15 ESV  
and you have been filled in him
    • Means made complete
Colossians 2:10 NASB  and in Him you have been made complete
        • Filled to the rim
        • Emphatic duplicate Greek word
  1. Emptiness incompleteness, longing desire
    • Fill with work, kids, partying, alcohol, food, drugs, bad habits
2) We become complete when given Christs righteousness
2 Corinthians 5:21 NASB  (21)  …so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
    • Justification by our works = failure
        • Then the deceiver comes and accuses us
            • You are no good, might as well give up
        • We spin into turmoil – because we will never measure up
        • The goal is too high (what happens?  Failure)
            • We must rest in His righteousness
    • Paul is saying we are made complete through Him, not us.
who is the head of all rule and authority.
    • Simply, he is the ruler over all
        • He has the power to accomplish
        • He rules in his church
        • He rules over all the angels and the spiritual world
        • He is Lord and one day every knee will bow to Him
    • This is who makes you complete
        • This is who fills you
Verses 11-15 –
    • These verses explain what God did for us in Jesus
        • How he filled you, he completed you, buried your flesh, raised you through faith, made you alive, forgiven you, conquered your opposition
circumcision – what is the meaning of it and where did it come from?
    • God promised Abraham a son
        • Many nations would be blessed through him
    • Time passed and Sarah didn’t get pregnant
    • Sarah suggested Abraham go into Hagar
    • Hagar had a son named Ishmael
        • Abraham thinks Ishmael is the one
    • Abraham’s and Sara’s working out God’s promise
        • God said Ishmael is not the son
        • This is a covenant of promise on God’s part
        • NOT based on Abraham’s ABILITY
Genesis 17:10-11 NASB  
    • Abraham is commanded to perform a physical circumcision
        • All of the house of Abraham must be circumcised
    • God promises to circumcise the heart, why???  So you can love Him
[KEY TEXT] Deuteronomy 30:6 NASB  
    • A heart that is uncircumcised cannot Love God.
        • All who belong to Jesus Christ must have a circumcised heart
        • How is the heart circumcised?  By God
    • We pray for God to change the heart
        • This is a work of God
        • This is (11)  …a circumcision made without hands
            • The works of man are never good enough
            • Ishmael was rejected, Isaack was accepted
            • Israel could not follow the law – Christ
            • Without the circumcision of the heart – no love
Mark 14:58 NASB  
    • The temple is the place God dwells
    • 2:9  For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form,
    • Jesus is speaking of his resurrection
    • Notice how he emphasizes the work of man vs. God (without hands)
        • A circumcision without hands
        • Solomon’s temple vs. Jesus’s temple
            1. If we had Solomon’s temple before us
            2. If we had Jesus before us
                • The Christian choice, the world choice
2 Samuel 7:13 NASB  
    • God changes us by…
by putting off the body of the flesh
    • We become crucified in Christ
Romans 6:6 ESV  
by the circumcision of Christ,
    • By Christ’s love, faith, perfect obedience through death and then his resurrection
    • Both circumcision and baptism are spiritually, performed by God.
        • Baptism is a symbol of the spiritual act
    • Going down under the water symbolizes death, burial, cleansing
    • Coming up symbolizes a new person, new creation, life in resurrection
        • Just as Christ was raised with a new body
            • We have a new spirit and heart for God now
    • This baptism is a work of God
        • Our baptism is an act of obedience after regeneration
        • A physical outward act displaying our already present union with Christ
            • It signifies our oneness with Christ
                • Our death in Him
                • Our burial
                • Our resurrection in Him by God
    • Why not bury someone for 3 days
        • Or hold them under the water for 3 days
            • Could God raise them, yes
                • He already has in Jesus Christ
    • Universalism teaches all humankind will be saved
        • If Christ died for the sins of all men, thus all men will be saved
            • Sin stops us from having communion with God
        • To be consistent, universalism.
        • So…  Is Paul teaching universalism?
Look at the flow here:
State of Man Part 1
    1. And you, who were dead in your trespasses
        1. We were dead towards God
            1. Dead, unable to perform, we must be quickened
            2. Who makes alive?
        2. Who raised Jesus?  – God (see verse 12 below)
        3. Who raised Lazarus? – God
    • Our faith is the power of God working in us
        • Remember not with human hands
    • How can a dead man have faith without being made alive first?
        • This faith and love for God comes from your NEW heart
State of Man Part 2
2. the uncircumcision of your flesh
        1. The uncircumcised does not have a heart to love God
        2. We are circumcised, without hands, by God
Intervention of God
3. God made alive together with him,
        1. Who does it? God
            1. Think, if he circumcised the whole world… heart to love God
            2. If he made the whole world alive… ALL would have faith
            3. BUT, the world HATES God
                1. How can this be???
    • Why does the world hate God?
        • They don’t have the heart to love God
        • They love sin more than God
        • The world is in bondage to sin = death
        • But you… God has given a new heart & forgiven
4. having forgiven us all our trespasses,
    • When God’s forgiveness is applied in “time,” then we desire to love Him
        • Until this happens, we are rebels, in revolt
        • Many verses about the world hating God
    • Unless you are born again or born of the spirit or born from above
        • Made alive, unfettered from bondage
    • Literally a hand-written note of debt, one person owes another
        • The debt is death
    • This debt stands in the way
Col 2:14 NASB  that stood against us with its legal demands.
        • See the sermon on reconciliation
            • Two-way obstacle, removed in time
        • Reconciliation cannot happen until this is removed
            • Saul vs. Paul
    1. The universalist says, all debt was nailed to the cross
        • If all debts are paid, all will eventually be forgiven
        • This obstacle will eventually be removed for all
        • Problem: The Bible does not teach universalism
2. Others say, all debt was nailed to the cross
        • The debt is removed in time by us equally initiating faith
            • By our coming to Christ
            • Then God applies the payment
        • Problem 1
            • How can a debt be enforced if it is truly paid?
            • If Jesus paid the debt for all men without exception…
                • The debt was paid to God by God
            • The debt is collected twice, double jeopardy
        • Problem 2
            • The ultimate final decision comes down to man
            • But scripture says, God changes the heart
            • God makes us alive
        • Problem 3
            • The work of Jesus Christ is frustrated
            • Jesus is hoping for a positive outcome
            • Jesus didn’t hope to pay the debt
3. This text and others are clear, this is wholly the work of God
        • He circumcises us
        • He cleanses us
        • He raises us
        • He gives us a new heart
        • He cancels the debt
        • We receive all of this by faith, because of our new heart is able to trust and love God
    • He completes the internal work in us
    • He also conquered the external forces
    • An enemy that is disarmed cannot win
    • Picture a group of peasants without pitchforks, no weapons, not even a pocket knife… fighting the most modern army of all time.
    • The victory was completed through His death, burial and resurrection
        • Jesus is not wishing or hoping for a victory
    • How great is this work?
    • Give glory and THANKS to God for all he has done
    • Receive this in faith
    • Not faith in our faith but faith in God
    • Do you feel incomplete?
    • Do you have unforgiven sin?
    • Know, nothing can remove you
    • Nothing can frustrate his plans for you
God is God, and every knee will bow for Jesus Christ

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