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I’m writing a series for the 31 days of October. Read the first 11 days by clicking here or clicking on the button to the left.

Day 12: Colossians 2:6-15

Therefore, 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. See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. 11 In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.”

We died with Christ and have been made alive with him. Our debt canceled. How? By the one who is the head of all rule and authority. Along with this chapter, I read Revelation 19, which contains the description of Jesus, the Conqueror. We do not belong to a weak Jesus. He is both the suffering servant AND the King of Kings. His sacrifice was done with complete authority — he laid his own life down. He is able to cancel our debt because of that authority. Everything else that tries to capture our hearts affections is empty. But our king is full.