Mar. 28, 2021. Colossians 3:19-23

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PEACE THROUGH BLOOD.  Colossians 3:19-23.  3/28/2021. #4.

Colossians 3:19-23 [New King James Version]

19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them. 20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. 22 Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. 23 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,

  1. Fullness to fulfillment
    1. God was pleased that all fullness dwelt in Christ
      1. He is fully God by nature (not given by Father)
      1. In the Incarnation he has all authority, power, and judgment (Mt. 28:18 given by the Father)
      1. All fullness dwells (permanently lives) in him
    1. He not only had qualification to pay for sins, but he had
    1. the authority to do so
    1. He has reconciled all things to himself
      1. On earth
        1. Romans 5:8 salvation for the faithful
        1. Revelation 20:11-15 the faithless are cast into the Lake of Fire for eternity
      1. In heaven – Matthew 25:41 Satan and the demons are cast into the Lake of Fire forever
    1. Believers are reconciled via the blood of His cross
      1. Hebrews 10:1-10 the blood of offered animals could not remove the guilt of sin
      1. Romans 5:12 the blood of Christ was the perfect effective sacrifice for sin (Hebrews 9:22)
  2. From enemies to enlightenment
    1. Our position before coming to the Lord was that of an enemy of God, total strangers (aliens) to God
    1. Our minds were full of wickedness which translated into wicked words (lying, pride, thievery, immorality, hate…)
      1. Universal depravity from conception
      1. Sin in a matter of degrees is still sin (Jm. 2:10)
    1. He has reconciled (made peace with God)
      1. By giving his body in death for us
      1. Present to God blameless (above reproach)
    1. We are justified before God
      1. Declared to be righteous, holy, blameless, and above reproach before God
      1. Jesus’s blood applied to our account applies Christ’s righteousness to us and we appear before God as if we had never sinned
  3. From faith to maturity
    1. “If” you indeed continue in faith…
      1. Could be either “on the condition” you continue in faith (contingent upon not backing away)
      1. Could be “since” you continue in faith
    1. Those who grow in Christ make manifest that they are
    1. true believers (Jam. 2 faith is demonstrated by deeds)
    1. Those who do not grow in faith demonstrate that they are
    1. unsaved (Matthew 7:21-23), immature (Heb. 5), or carnal (I Corinthians 3)
    1. Faith is manifested by growth
      1. Grounded – firm in Word, doctrine, belief, practice, and testimony
      1. Steadfast – does not waver in faith (Jm. 1:8)
      1. Unshakeable – no amount of persuasion, doubts, pressure, or threats can move you from Gospel
    1. You believe the Gospel that was preached throughout the
    1. world, of which Paul is a minister
    1. The Colossians needed to understand the scope of faith
      1. They were wicked without hope
      1. They were reconciled by the blood of Christ
      1. They were moved from darkness to light
      1. They are to grow in the knowledge and obedience of Christ, demonstrating their faith in him

Key verse:

Hebrews 10:1-10

1 For the law, having a shadow of the good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with these same sacrifices, which they offer continually year by year, make those who approach perfect. 2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? For the worshipers, once purified, would have had no more consciousness of sins. 3 But in those sacrifices there is a reminder of sins every year. 4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats could take away sins. 5 Therefore, when He came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, But a body You have prepared for Me.

6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure. 7 Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come—

In the volume of the book it is written of Me — To do Your will, O God.’ ” 8 Previously saying, “Sacrifice and offering, burnt offerings, and offerings for sin You did not desire, nor had pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the law), 9 then He said, “Behold, I have come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first that He may establish the second. 10 By that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.