“FROM CREATOR TO REDEEMER” PART 3

Colossians 1:15-17 “Who is the image of the invisible God.”He came in order to reveal the Father in his own person. See John 14:10 and Hebrews 1:3. The love of God is revealed in Christ. He was the visible representative of the invisible God.

“The first-born of every creature.”The thought is that He existed before creation began; born of God instead of being created; born before any creature was called into existence. The passage does not say that he was the first created, but the first-born. He was before creation. See John 1:1, 2.

Colossians 1:16. By Him were all things created. Hence He must have existed before any creation. Compare John 1:3 and Hebrews 1:2. As God manifested himself by means of the Son in the gospel, so in creation he manifested himself through the Son. The visible universe is a manifestation of God through the Son. THE WORD is the power that gives all things existence that exists.

Thrones, dominions, principalities. The angelic hierarchy; different ranks of angels, according to the teachings of some of the Jewish doctors. A heresy had already been proposed that divided these into ranks, assigned them an undue prominence, and held that Christ was only an angel. Paul does not pause to say whether these divisions are correct, but declares that Christ is above them all, created them, and that they were created for him. One of these heresies he wished to counteract was the doctrine of angel worship.

CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“FROM CREATOR TO REDEEMER” PART 2.

Please read Colossians 1;12-19:

Learn, 1. That Christ was God’s Son, his dear and only Son, the Son of himself, and the Son of his love:  He is called His Son; not only the account of his miraculous conception, nor in regard of his sanctification and mission, nor in regard of his resurrection, nor in regard of the dignity of his person, nor in regard of the dearness of his person; but he is very God of very God, begotten of his Father, by whom all things were made; and accordingly He is, for nature, co-essential, for dignity, co-equal, and for duration, co-eternal with the Father, and consequently truly and really God; and he that denieth the Deity of the Son, in God’s eyes, denies the Father also.

Learn, 2. That Christ, as God’s Son, is a Spiritual King, and exercises a kingly power in and over the souls of those whom he hath delivered from the power of darkness.

Learn, 3. That such as are subjects of his kingdom of grace shall certainly be translated into his kingdom of glory.

Translated: Those thus translated as to state, are also transformed as to character. Satan has an organized dominion with various orders of powers of evil (Ephesians 2:2; 6:12). But the term “kingdom”is rarely applied to his usurped rule (Matthew 12:26); it is generally restricted to the kingdom of God.

It is Christ’s Kingdom in which he is King. He has moral and spiritual sovereignty.

In whom we have redemption. We are redeemed from sin. We were in bondage, but have been purchased. Satan holds us under bondage until our sins are blotted out. The price paid is His blood.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“FROM CREATOR TO REDEEMER!”

Colossians 1:12-19

Lost people used to know our God, but now there is no longer a Biblical foundation because of ‘diversity’ and ‘culture.’

Let me say this: Diversity and culture are the key tools Satan is using to divide us. Here is the good news; you cannot divide God’s truth.

Verse 13.  Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness? The power exerted over us in that dark kingdom to which we formerly belonged–the kingdom of Satan. The characteristic of this empire is darkness–the emblem of (1) sin; (2) suffering; (3) misery and death.

Darkness: blindness, hatred, misery. Darkness is often used to represent the state in which men are by nature. Greek, “out of the power,” out of the sphere in which his power is exercised.

God the Father He delivered us; all that are made meet for the inheritance in light, were once under the power of spiritual darkness: He has rescued us by a strong hand, as the word imports, as Lot was delivered out of Sodom.

Notice # 1. That the state which every soul is in by nature, is a state of darkness:  sin originally springs from darkness, it naturally delights in darkness, it ultimately leads to eternal darkness.

Notice # 2. That it is God, and God alone, that can deliver a soul from the power of spiritual darkness.

Notice # 3. That no power, short of Almighty power in God, is able to deliver a sinner from the dominion of sin, and the power of spiritual darkness; such is the ignorance and blindness of the understanding, such is the rebellion that is found in the sinner’s will, that the sinner is not only unable to deliver himself, but stands in a direct opposition to the grace of God, which offers to work deliverance for him, till, of unwilling, he is made willing, in the day of Christ’s power, And translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son Ps 110:3 that is, brought us into a gospel state, made us members and subjects of his kingdom of grace and heirs of his kingdom of glory.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“FROM BONDAGE TO SUBMISSION” CONCLUSION!

Ephesians 5:21-25, 6:1, 5, 9,

Submission will bring real Bible freedo

  1. It frees you to minister – do whatever you want. Most responses I hear, “where does it say that in the Bible?” That is certainly not submission. We need to revive submission in our life.
  2. It frees you to be effective.

In order to be effective in authority one must be under authority. Because God works through submissive authority. We must be submissive if we want our children and followers to be submissive.

   3. It frees us to obey God’s Word.

 John 7:17, “If any man will do His will, He shall know of the Doctrine.”

Active submission says, “I will do your will” to God, boss, dad, preacher,   teacher, parents, etc. We need people who will say, “I will do your will” to God. Submission is not apathy or complacency. God is looking for people in motion, channel them. Have you willed to do His will? I might not like it, but I will do it. Obedience requires understanding.

   4, It frees you to enjoy all God has for you.

If you are a rebel you won’t see them to enjoy. All you see is the wrong   and that is all you focus on.

Here is my last statement: Rebellion will only focus on what you cannot do, not what you can.

“FROM BONDAGE TO SUBMISSION!” PART 2.

Read Ephesians 5:21-25, 6:1, 5, 9,

A rebel is out only to please himself. Learn to please God by where you are. Think of your personal testimony.

Why not make a list of faults of others as long as God does yours?

II. ACTIVE SUBMISSION WILL NEVER INSIST ON HAVING HIS OWN WAY Proverbs 25:6-7.

Don’t go to your boss with a suggestion until you have first earned the right to have an audience with him. In other words, earn the right to be heard. Don’t compare yourself to others. God works different with each one of us.

Who do you go to for advice? You go to the professional who has the experience. Well, your boss may do the same. Esther went to the king. Jesus set the example for us. He did not make demands.

In Matthew 26:39, He did not say, “Make this cup pass from me,” He said, “let.”Is this a request or a demand? It is a request! Often when we make demands it leads to bitterness.

III, ACTIVE SUBMISSION WILL NEVER MAKE DEMANDS ON THE OTHER.

Make it, “nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.” Here is what I am saying, “Never be in bondage to high expectations.”

If you loan somebody a book, don’t expect it back. It will avoid hard feelings and bitterness. Submission makes a suggestion, but does not expect him to do it.

Help to make your church or busniness successful; not to make you successful. What am I saying? Don’t go to God with demands.

IV. ACTIVE SUBMISSION IS WILLING TO BE THE ONE TO SACRIFICE FOR THE OTHER. Exodus 32:1-32.

Like the three Hebrew children said, “but if not.”

Is that a request or a command? Moses was willing to sacrifice. These days people say they want a raise or go on a strike, etc. I will come to your church if you have…..singles clubs, music, etc. The answer should be, ‘sure, are you willing to be the one God uses to start one?

TO BE CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“FROM BONDAGE TO SUBMISSION!”

Ephesians 5:21-25, 6:1, 5, 9,

Psalm 79:9, “Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of Thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for Thy name’s sake.”

Our relationship between husband and wife is that the wife is to submit to the husband and the husband is commanded to love his wife as Christ loved the church. However, it is also submitting one to the other.

Today we are going to learn one of the most important lesson or our life. Whether husband and wife, boss and employee, pastor and people, etc.

There are basically four principles to help us to overcome a rebellious spirit or a rebellious heart. Someone called it “active rebellion.”

I call it “active submission” to cure “active rebellion.” Active submission not only between the husband and wife, but also to God and to one-another.

  1. ACTIVE SUBMISSION WILL ALWAYS SEEK TO MAKE THE OTHER A SUCCESS.

How do you do that? Glorify the Saviour in your life is a great start. You will not hold a good job without a submissive spirit. That means not just willing to do the menial task, but actually doing it without being asked.

Jesus said, in Luke 22:27, “For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth” Is not he that sitteth at meat? But I am among you as He that serveth.”

The greatest jobs are behind the scenes in the shadows. Read 1 Corinthians 12:27-31!

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“THINGS THAT WILL NOT WASH AWAY YOUR SIN” CONCLUSION!

Please read Psalm 51 and Leviticus 14:1-7.
 
The priest would take two clean birds, cedar-wood, scarlet, and hyssop; one of the birds was killed; and the living bird, with the scarlet, cedar, and hyssop, dipped in the blood of the bird that had been killed, and then sprinkled over the person who had been infected.
 
But I need to mention that this ceremony was not performed until the plague of the leprosy had been healed in the leper; (Leviticus 14:3;) and the ceremony was for the purpose of declaring to the people that the man was healed, that he might be restored to his place in society, having been healed of a disease that the finger of God alone could remove.
 
This is what David seems to have in view; therefore he requests the Lord to make the sin-offering for him, and to show to the people that he had accepted him, and cleansed him from his sin.
 
1 Peter 1:18-19, Look it up.
 
Here we see THREE THINGS:
 
1. FAITH IN THE FACT OF ATONEMENT FOR SIN. “I shall be clean.”
2. FAITH IN THE FATHERS, APPLICATION FOR SIN. “Purge me.” Sprinkled as the blood of sacrifices.
3. FAITH IN THE FIRMNESS ACCOMPLISHED. “I shall be whiter than snow.”
 
What can wash away my sin, nothing but the blood of Jesus?