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, (Colossians 2:13 ESV)
Colossians 2:13 presents the gospel of Jesus Christ. Let’s take a look.
 “And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh…” – Our status before we enter a saving relationship with Jesus Christ is that we are dead. D-E-A-D. We aren’t sick, we aren’t trying to do better, we’re not waiting to have more rights than wrongs on our scale. Spiritually, we are simply dead. A doctor won’t help us at this point. At this point, we need a Savior.
“Uncircumcision of your flesh” likely refers to our status before a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. This doesn’t refer to an act needed for us to be saved — i.e. to be circumcised — but rather refers to the condition of our “flesh,” which is unsaved.
 “…God made alive together with him…” – The good news is that God can make us alive. He can breathe live into us. He can call us from the dead. Let us remember that He can make us alive, but let us also remember that it is God and God only who does this act. It is not something we do to ourselves.
 “…having forgiven us all our trespasses,” – While we are “dead in [our] trespasses,” God calls us and makes us “alive together with him.” This refers to being reconciled to Him. And if we are reconciled, it means that something has to happen to our sin — our past, present and future sin — it has to be forgiven by God. And He does this. He has “forgiven us all our trespasses.”
This is the gospel of Jesus Christ and it is amazing. We are sinners separated from God by our sin. Then He calls us and we are reconciled to Him — we are alive! — because our sins have been forgiven.
Think about it. While we were sinners and enemies of God, He loved us enough to call us and make us alive in Him (Romans 5:8).
Amen and amen.
“Monday Colossians” is a weekly Bible study series from the book of Colossians. All Bible quotations are taken from the English Standard Version (ESV) Bible translation. You can read all of the posts in this series by clicking here.