As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. (Colossians 2:6-12)
Today's Morsel: You know, I don't read in Scripture where anyone had an operation for things like broken limbs, cancer, kidney, heart replacement, or any of the other things that we hear that people are having to have surgery for today. The word operation only appears three times in scripture: Psalms 28:5, Isaiah 5:12, and Colossians 2;12. Each of these relates to the workings of the hand of God. So how did we get to a point that for every infraction in life or infirmity, we are told that we need to have surgery or an operation? Paul told the church at Colossi, "Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ." And then he began to discuss with them about circumcision; a covenant relationship with God. Circumcision was a sign that declared a person was in a covenant relationship with God. Although this was the purpose of outward fleshly circumcision in the Old Testament, Jesus came and made another covenant with mankind which doesn't require outward circumcision. This new covenant is based on placing our faith in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins and being born again of the water and Spirit. When we place our faith in Christ, the Bible teaches us that we're circumcised on the inside, in our hearts. The old heart is taken out and a new one is put in. "And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will take the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them an heart of flesh: That they may walk in my statutes, and keep mine ordinances, and do them: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God"(Ezekiel 11:19-20). "A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them." (Ezekiel 36:26-27). The Old Testament outward circumcision was symbolic of what was to come. When we are buried with Christ in the water of baptism, and Jesus fills us with His Spirit, there is an operation process that takes place that only Jesus Himself can do inside of us. It is something that no one else can/could ever do. A true born again experience is an operation that only Jesus, the True Physician, can do for a perons. It is the true heart surgery.
Sing: There is a fountain filled with blood, Drawn from Immanuel's veins; and sinners plunged beneath the flood, lose all their guilty stains, lose all their guilty stains, lose all their guilty stains, and sinners, plunged beneath the flood lose all their guilty stains.