Christ, Our Mighty Champion
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, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him
Because of union with Christ who was raised from the dead…
1. Believers have been regenerated.
· What is the significance of the past tense for these verbs? How does Romans 8:28-30 help answer that question?
· What does it mean to be “dead in trespasses”?
· What does “uncircumcision of your flesh” mean? Why does Paul use those terms?
· What would your life be like right if you hadn’t been regenerated through union with Christ?
2. Believers have been forgiven.
· What is the significance of the word “all”? What if it had said “most” or “all but one”?
· Are believers guilty of the sins they’ve committed or does God simply treat them “as if” they were not guilty?
3. Believers have been freed from captivity.
· “God” is the subject of these verbs? The Father is the one who actually freed us from captivity? Does it make a difference to you that God the Father has done this for you?
· Does it give you any sense of relief or vindication to know that Satan and his demons have been publicly humiliated by God the Father for their evil, harmful actions against you?
· An additional thought: does it give you any sense of relief or vindication to know that any person who has done evil against you will one day be brought to justice?