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July 11 – You he made alive

“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,” – Colossians 2:13

Scripture reading: Colossians 2:11-15

How did we receive Christ? Through the preaching of the Word. Paul is consistent! Using this letter to the Colossians, he keeps preaching Christ. He appeals to the truth of circumcision, pointing to the need of shedding blood for the forgiveness of sins. But we need more than just cutting away some flesh that can cause infection. We need the heart to be cleaned. We need soul cleansing, which only the blood of Jesus can accomplish. We need to die with Christ and be raised to a new life. We can only actively walk with Christ when He activates us. Baptism reminds us of our need for the blood of Jesus and the Holy Spirit to walk with the Lord.

When Jesus died on the cross, all the guilt of that law of God that damned us was wiped out. In Christ, God remembers our sins no more. As the song goes, “My sin not in part but the whole is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more. It is well with my soul.

Paul preaches Christ, Him crucified, and then connects us to Him, reminding us of our baptism and what circumcision means. Think about your baptism more often. It points to the cross of Jesus and opens for us the beauty of the good news—we are sinners forgiven by the grace of God.

Suggestions for prayer

Pray for the good news to penetrate deeply into your heart. Take some time to praise and thank God for the beautiful gift of salvation and Christ’s beauty, and I hope it will be well with your soul.

Pastor Al Bezuyen is married to Sanya and has been blessed with six children and two grandchildren. He is a Mid-America Reformed Seminary graduate serving at the Zion United Reformed Church of Sheffield, Ontario. Get this devotional delivered directly to your phone each day via our RP App. This devotional is made available by the Nearer To God Devotional team, who also make available in print, for purchase, at

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