8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ. 9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is the head over every power and authority. 11 In him you were also circumcised with a circumcision not performed by human hands. Your whole self ruled by the flesh was put off when you were circumcised by Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through your faith in the working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 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, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
My sinful self sits 6 feet under and all my debts have been paid in full. My sinful self has as much power over my will as does a loped off foreskin lying disgustingly on the ground.
These are the facts and I never want to get trapped in some man made tradition that teaches me I have to do this, that and the other in order to have victory over sin. My victory was won 2000 years ago by my saviour. He cut off the guilt and power of sin by bearing it himself. He gave me the power of God to live a godly life by rising back to life.
Is there any better news than this?
My God, you are incredible, Lord you are victorious and you have generously shared your victory with me. The Devil and his demons have been humiliated by you, you smashed them and you set me free. Let my life bring glory to you every moment!
Written by Andrew Mellor