“In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ”
by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh
“Putting off” means to strip off clothes. Because of our position with Christ, Jesus took off the body of our sin like a suit of clothes at Christ’s death. This is a full strip of the flesh.
The word “body” refers to the sin capacity. Jesus put off that faculty, which is the source of our sin. It is that faculty which produces lusts and personal sins.
The Greek noun for “putting off“ is a reference to the death of Christ. God put off our sins of the flesh at the moment we exercised faith in the death of Christ to forgive sins.
“The sins of the flesh” is probably our sin capacity. Jesus destroyed all that we were in Adam. We are identified with Christ in his death.
by the circumcision of Christ
Jesus executed our spiritual circumcision positionally upon the cross.
Jesus spiritually circumcised our sin capacity upon the cross.
Jesus not only dealt with our sins on the cross, but he also destroyed the factory that produces sin–the sin capacity. This does not mean that God eradicates our sin capacity. It means that the principle of our sin capacity died when Christ died (Romans 6). Because we are positionally dead to sin, we are free to deal with what Christ already judged. An understanding of this principle is a key to Christian living. Positional truth is the basis for our victory; it is not victory itself.
Positional truth means that God views us as dead and risen in Christ. It constitutes a milestone of spiritual experience in the Christian life when the believer himself begins to view himself this way.
Do you take by faith the work of Christ for you? Do you try to live the Christian life by operation bootstraps? We cannot live the Christian way of life by legalism.