Colossians – For you were buried with Christ

After we witnessed three baptisms David continued our series in Colossians on Sunday dealing with chapter 2:6-15.


The church at Colossae consisted mostly of Gentile believers. They felt the pressure from the Jewish believers to be circumcised as was Jewish custom. The implication being that Jesus was not enough. Paul and Timothy were writing to the church to explain that as they were in Christ they were ‘spiritually circumcised’, Christ had cut away their sinful nature when he forgave their sin. No physical procedure was required!

WHEN YOU WERE DEAD IN YOUR SINS AND IN THE UNCIRCUMCISION OF YOUR FLESH, GOD MADE YOU ALIVE WITH CHRIST. HE FORGAVE US ALL OUR SINS

David pointed us to verse 13 where we were described as ‘dead’ in our sins because our ‘sinful nature was not yet cut away.’ This he pointed out was past tense, now God made us ‘alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins.’

As Christians this is our reality and the drama of this had already been displayed to us in the baptisms we had witnessed. These people had died with Christ, been buried with him, and been raised to new life in Christ.

David asked everyone gathered if this was our reality – are we spiritually dead or alive?

The first readers of this letter were also being distracted by various philosophies. These teachings were enslaving people, capturing their hearts and minds. They were completely empty, meaningless teachings. It was nonsense even if it sounded good. Its source was not Christ but the spiritual powers of this world. Paul is aware of the negative impact these philosophies were having on the church. He reminds them that ‘in Christ lives all the fullness of God.’

David challenged us as to who we were listening to. Are we being taken in by skewed thinking? We must at all times look to Christ, listen to him and His word.

‘AS YOU RECEIVED CHRIST JESUS THE LORD, SO WALK IN HIM, ROOTED AND BUILT UP IN HIM AND ESTABLISHED IN THE FAITH, JUST AS YOU WERE TAUGHT, ABOUNDING IN THANKSGIVING’

As we affirm the decision we have taken as Christians to accept Christ and follow him we must then in turn ‘walk in him’ and keep on walking in him. David drew four ways from this verse that we can keep walking in Christ:

  • Be rooted in him – sinking our lives deep into Jesus
  • Be built up in him – look to and listen to him
  • Be established in the faith – being settled in it, growing in it, and becoming stronger in it
  • Be abounding in thanksgiving – in all circumstances we can be thankful because we have Jesus

Witnessing the baptisms and thinking about Colossians 2 has given us much to think about:

  1. Are we spiritually alive? Have we died, been buried, and raised to life in Christ? Have we publicly declared this through baptism?
  2. Are our hearts captured by empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense? Are we careful to tune our ears to Christ and his word and check everything to his truth? Have we asked Jesus to help us hear him above all the teaching of this world?
  3. Can we memorise Colossians 2:6-7? What can we do this week to live out these verses?
Naomi Jones

Naomi Jones

Hi, I’m Naomi and for the past 20 years I have been a missionary sent from Windsor to serve in South Africa with SIM. I returned home in 2023 and am seeking the Lord with the next step. I'm thrilled to be back attending Windsor each Sunday. I enjoy writing the Deep Dive and thinking through my own response to the sermon.
Naomi Jones
Hi, I’m Naomi and for the past 20 years I have been a missionary sent from Windsor to serve in South Africa with SIM. I returned home in 2023 and am seeking the Lord with the next step. I'm thrilled to be back attending Windsor each Sunday. I enjoy writing the Deep Dive and thinking through my own response to the sermon.