After This, Grace

Pastor Phil Gray -- October 27, 2013


Colossians 2:6-15 | Matthew 27:51-54

Colossians 2:6-15
New International Version (NIV)

Fullness of Life in Christ

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives[a]in him, 7rooted 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 through philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the universe,[b]and not according to Christ. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10 and you have come to fullness in him, who is the head of every ruler and authority. 11 In him also you were circumcised with a spiritual circumcision,[c]by putting off the body of the flesh in the circumcision of Christ; 12 when you were buried with him in baptism, you were also raised with him through faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 And when you were dead in trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God[d]made you[e]alive together with him, when he forgave us all our trespasses, 14 erasing the record that stood against us with its legal demands. He set this aside, nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed[f]the rulers and authorities and made a public example of them, triumphing over them in it.


  1. Colossians 2:6 Gk to walk
  2. Colossians 2:8 Or the rudiments of the world
  3. Colossians 2:11 Gk a circumcision made without hands
  4. Colossians 2:13 Gk he
  5. Colossians 2:13 Other ancient authorities read made us; others, made
  6. Colossians 2:15 Or divested himself of

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Matthew 27:51-54
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. The earth shook, and the rocks were split. 52 The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised. 53 After his resurrection they came out of the tombs and entered the holy city and appeared to many. 54 Now when the centurion and those with him, who were keeping watch over Jesus, saw the earthquake and what took place, they were terrified and said, “Truly this man was God’s Son!”[a]


  1. Matthew 27:54 Or a son of God


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