060319AM DSS-15 Colossians 3 One day the great Church leader Augustine was walking down the street when one of the prostitutes of his past life spotted him and ran to him calling out his name. He turned and looked at her straight in the eye and said, “That man you seek—has died!” That is the […]
060312PM DSS-14 Colossians 3 Paul’s epistles to the Galatians, Ephesians and Colossians were to people living in Roman Asia which is the area of modern Turkey. In the time of Paul was incredibly Roman. There are more Greek temples in Turkey than in Greece, and there are more Roman cities in Turkey than there are […]
060312AM DSS-13 Colossians 3 Do you remember when God wrote David’s epitaph He said one thing very clearly— David served the Lord. Turn there with me again to Acts 13:36. Acts 13:36 “For when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his fathers and his body […]
As we open God’s Word to Colossians 3:12, the days are darkening for the Church.
The Apostle Paul is in prison.
His days of freely moving across the Roman Empire have passed.
God is really into how we are dressed and what we wear.
Paul explains that truth as he makes a powerful statement in Romans 13:14 (NKJV), look at it with me for a moment:
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.
As we open to Colossians 2, we need to learn a practical lesson about how to apply spiritual truths from God’s Word, to our lives. Pause and think of that word “spiritual”.
Spiritual; spiritual; spiritual.
Does “Spiritual” Sometimes Sound Distant & Hard to Grasp?
Today, sitting here: we are gathered as the Body of Christ. So the first truth for us to consider today is this:
We are the Body of Christ
The Body of Christ: that is what we are called, and that is what we are by God’s grace to be.
We are to represent Christ alive in us, as we are living, and going through life in the world. That is what it means that our body is the temple of God. He lives is us; and He wants to radiate out of us in our words, attitudes, and actions.
The waters of baptism symbolize our new life in Christ. Baptism portrays or pictures what God has done in us through Christ. Open to Colossians 2:11. Actually, v. 8-12 are one long sentence with one primary clause starting in v.8, and six secondary clauses, each with a verb extending all the way down to v.12.
As we open to Colossians 3 we begin with four verses that declare the wonder of our salvation.
Baptism is a look back at what Christ did to us.
Communion is a look back at what Christ did for us on the Cross.
Follow along as we read the first four verses:
Colossians 3:1-4 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.