by Stephen Whitney

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Series: Colossians - The Supremacy and Sufficiency of Christ
Stephen Whitney
Colossians 2:11-15

Religious rites have always been part of man's worship of God. They are used to demonstrate one's faith both to themselves and others. Jesus left his followers two rites which demonstrate their faith in him as their Savior: baptism and the Lord's Supper.

For the Jews circumcision of their male children was the sign of the covenant God made with Abraham that his offspring would belong to God and he would give the land of Canaan. It was a physical act which showed they believed the promise of God.

Genesis 17:10 This is the covenant, which you shall keep,
between me and you and your offspring after you:
Every male among you shall be circumcised.

Matthew Henry wrote, ''Those who will have the Lord to be
to them a God, must resolve to be to him a people.''

This act of circumcision was to be a reminder to the people of God of the covenant which he had made with their forefather Abraham.
It would be a continual reminder every time they had a son and they circumcised him eight days after he was born.

Warren Wiersbe wrote, ''The trouble was that the Jewish people depended on the physical and not the spiritual. A mere physical operation could never convey spiritual grace. People make the same mistake today when they depend on some religious ritual
to same them - such as baptism or the Lord's Supper.''

Satan is a deceiver so he twists the truth and as a result we believe a lie instead of the truth. He wants us to believe that because we have done a religious rite we are saved by what we have done.

We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone in Christ alone.
No religious act which we do can earn us God's grace and his forgiveness for our sins. Those outward acts are just signs
of what God has already done in our lives.
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