RECONCILIATION THROUGH CHRIST (Col. 1:21-23)

RECONCILIATION THROUGH CHRIST
Colossians 1:21-23

INTRODUCTION
A. Prior to their conversion to Christ, the Colossian saints were alienated from God, and their wicked lives made them enemies of God. These men and women were probably religious, but their religion was wrong, and their lives were wrong; this was their condition despite good intentions.
B. This condition describes all unbelievers, even those who have never learned of the gospel. Their lives are out of harmony with God’s will; their thinking is wrong; they are separated from God. There are no innocent unbelievers.
DISCUSSION
A. THEIR FORMER CONDITION (v. 21)
1. The Colossians were described as:
a. Alienated
b. Enemies in mind, and
c. Involved in evil works
2. “Alienated” (apallotrioo) occurs only here and in Ephesians 2:12; 4:18
a. “Alienated” in the perfect tense in the Greek, and is a completed action with abiding results
b. They were considered an alien, and consequently separated from God
c. How? They were…
3. “Enemies in mind”
a. “Enemies” comes from echthros and might better translated “hostile”
b. The “mind” is the source of understanding and thinking, and evil deeds are associated with evil thinking
1) Genesis 8:21
2) Psalm 10:3-4
c. People become evil because they exclude God from their thinking, and thus are hostile toward Him… Romans 1:28-32
d. Being hostile toward God they were thus involved in…
4. “Evil works”
a. Their attitude had led them to engage in evil practices so that they, like all others (Rom. 3:23), were separated from God
b. This is what sin does… Isaiah 59:1-2
c. Because of their rebellious/hostile minds they had withdrawn from God – therefore God withdrew from them
d. God responds with hostility toward those who act with hostility toward Him… Leviticus 26:21-28
e. An evil mindset toward God makes reconciliation impossible
1) Evil doers are enemies of God… James 4:4
2) But, God made reconciliation possible for His enemies… Romans 5:10
f. The need for reconciliation is based on the fact that God hates sin and rebellion
1) Psalm 5:5
2) Hebrews 1:9
g. God’s wrath remains toward those who refuse to repent
5. But notice the phrase “And you, being in time past…” – they had made a change and now we notice…
B. THEIR RECONCILIATION THROUGH THE DEATH OF CHRIST (v. 22)
1. “yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death,”
a. Even though the Colossians had been hostile in mind towards God and His wrath was upon them, Jesus made friendship possible through His death.
b. Two things are accomplished by Christ’s death:
1) He removed the obstacle of sin that prevented reconciliation, and
2) Through His compassion and love, He provided the motive for those hostile in mind be become dedicated friends of God
c. If the tender concern that Jesus showed by His death on the cross cannot touch the heart of rebellious mankind, then nothing can
d. Notice the phrase, “in the body of this flesh”
1) Jesus as a spirit being could not become a sacrifice for sin
2) Man can only put to death a body
3) Jesus had to take on a human body so that He could die for our sins… Hebrews 10:5
4) Animal sacrifices could not do this (Heb. 10:1-4)
5) Through the death of His body, Jesus opened the way into the presence of God… Hebrews 10:19-20
e. Through Jesus’ death God the Father made reconciliation possible – but mankind must meet God in Christ in order to be reconciled to Him
1) Note 2 Corinthians 5:19-20
2) Entry into Christ and reconciliation occurs through baptism… Galatians 3:27
2. “to present you holy and without blemish and unreproveable before him:”
a. This is the purpose of reconciliation, to be:
1) Holy
2) Without Blemish
3) Above reproach
b. To be “holy” (hagios) is a positive condition of purity
1) To be set apart
2) The same Greek word is translated as “saints” in Colossians 1:2
c. To be “without blemish” or blameless (ESV) means to be presented to Jesus as spotless and guilt free.
d. To be “unreproveable” or above reproach (ESV) means that no accusation of guilt could be brought against them because Jesus had reconciled them by His blood
e. These three terms express the same idea of sinlessness in the sight of God because of the reconciliation provided by the blood of Christ
1) Ephesians 5:25-27
2) Purification comes through obedience… 1 Peter 1:22-23
3. Because of their reconciliation there was also the need of…
C. THEIR REQUIRED FAITHFULNESS (v. 23)
1. Being presented blameless before God is conditional as is clearly seen in the word “if”
2. We must “continue in the faith”
a. One time faith is not enough – we must “continue” being faithful to the Lord
b. Notice “the faith” – the system of faith, the Gospel
1) There is one faith (Eph. 4:5)
2) Jude 3
c. With the declaration “continue in the faith” we see there is the possibility of apostasy
d. Matthew 10:22
e. Hebrews 10:26-27
3. We must be “grounded and stedfast”
a. To be spiritually mature
b. To be grounded is to be set on a sure foundation; to be settled is to be firm and steadfast.
c. 2 Peter 1:5-11
d. 1 Corinthians 15:58
4. We must not be “moved away from the hope of the gospel”
a. This could be illustrated by an anchored ship that is held in a fixed position in spite of fierce winds and turbulent waves
b. Ephesians 4:14
c. Notice Paul’s warning in Colossians 2:8
d. Revelation 3:11
5. This great gospel “was preached in all creation under heaven”
CONCLUSION
A. Reconciliation to the Father can only come through Jesus
B. We all need reconciliation for we all have sinned (Rom. 3:23) – and sin separates us from God (Isa. 59:1-2)
C. “Be ye reconciled to God” (2 Cor. 5:20)

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TRUST IN THE FATHER IN THE MIDST OF THE STORM

One night a house caught fire and a young boy was forced to flee to the roof. The father stood on the ground below with outstretched arms, calling to his son, “Jump! I’ll catch you.” He knew the boy had to jump to save his life. All the boy could see, however, was flame, smoke, and blackness. As can be imagined, he was afraid to leave the roof. His father kept yelling: “Jump! I will catch you.” But the boy protested, “Daddy, I can’t see you.” The father replied, “But I can see you and that’s all that matters.”

Sometimes we are like the little boy when come to trusting God, we can’t actually see Him in the flesh so our faith in Him falters – we worry that He is not there for us. But God sees us and that’s all that matters. The Almighty says, “I will in no wise fail thee, neither will I in any wise forsake thee” (Heb. 13:5). See God through the eye of faith as you study the Scriptures. “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope that it waver not; for he is faithful that promised” (Heb. 10:23). “Trust in him at all times, ye people; Pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us” (Psa. 62:8).

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THE WICKER BASKET

The story is told of an old man who lived on a farm in the mountains of eastern Kentucky with his young grandson. Each morning, Grandpa was up early sitting at the kitchen table reading from his old worn-out Bible. His grandson who wanted to be just like him tried to imitate him in any way he could.

One day the grandson asked, “Papa, I try to read the Bible just like you but I don’t understand it, and what I do understand I forget as soon as I close the book. What good does reading the Bible do?” The Grandfather quietly turned from putting coal in the stove and said, “Take this old wicker coal basket down to the river and bring back a basket of water.”

The boy did as he was told, even though all the water leaked out before he could get back to the house. The grandfather laughed and said, “You will have to move a little faster next time,” and sent him back to the river with the basket to try again. This time the boy ran faster, but again the old wicker basket was empty before he returned home. Out of breath, he told his grandfather that it was “impossible to carry water in a basket,” and he went to get a bucket instead. The old man said, “I don’t want a bucket of water; I want a basket of water. You can do this. You’re just not trying hard enough,” and he went out the door to watch the boy try again.

At this point, the boy knew it was impossible, but he wanted to show his grandfather that even if he ran as fast as he could, the water would leak out before he got far at all. The boy scooped the water and ran hard, but when he reached his grandfather the basket was again empty. Out of breath, he said, “See Papa, it’s useless!”

“So you think it is useless?” The old man said, “Look at the basket.”

The boy looked at the basket and for the first time he realized that the basket looked different. Instead of a dirty old wicker coal basket, it was clean.

“Son, that’s what happens when you read the Bible. You might not understand or remember everything, but when you read it, it will change you from the inside out.”

Moral of the wicker basket story: Take time to read and study God’s word each day; it will affect you for good even if you don’t retain every word.

“Give diligence [study - KJV] to present thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, handling aright the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15).

“Till I come, give heed to reading, to exhortation, to teaching” (1 Tim. 4:13).

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Tom Moore
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SHOWDOWN ON MOUNT CARMEL

SHOWDOWN ON MOUNT CARMEL

INTRODUCTION
A. Elijah (Jehovah is God) is one of the greatest prophets of the Old Testament
1. Elijah’s prophetic ministry took place in 1 Kings 17-19 and 2 Kings 1-2
2. Elijah prophesied during the time of Ahab
a. Concerning the reign of Ahab…1 Kings 16:29-33
b. Probably the most evil king in the Old Testament
B. Elijah confronts Ahab
1. 1 Kings 17:1
2. Punishment was to come as a result of Ahab’s wickedness – no rain
3. Elijah leaves no question as to:
a. Who sent him
b. Where he stands religiously
c. What authority he has
C. The Lord then sends Elijah away (1 Kgs. 17:2-9), after 3½ years (Jam. 5:17), the Lord sends Elijah back to Ahab for the purpose of showing the power of God (1 Kgs. 18:1)
1. Elijah requests the help of Obadiah (1 Kgs. 18:6-16)
2. Note 1 Kings 18:3 – Even in Ahab’s house!!!
3. Elijah had asked Obadiah to bring Ahab to him – he was afraid to, but finally conceded.
DISCUSSION
A. MISPLACED BLAME
1. Elijah comes before Ahab… 1 Kings 18:17-18
2. Ahab was blaming the wrong person
a. He blamed Elijah for the drought
b. But Ahab was to blame because…
1) He had “forsaken the commands of the Lord”
2) He “followed Baalim”
3) Remember Hosea 8:7?
3. Today, many are blaming others for their personal troubles, or for their sins
a. We are living in a time when people refuse to be blamed
b. Most always have reasons why they are not to blame
4. We love to “pass the buck”
a. Genesis 3:12-13
b. Neither were willing to take personal responsibility
5. Some blame those who stand for the truth for causing trouble – but it is those who do not stand for the truth that are causing the trouble.
a. Elijah was pegged as a trouble maker, but it was Ahab who was the trouble maker
b. Today, many truth proclaimers are being pegged as trouble makers
B. DISOBEDIENCE THE CAUSE OF TROUBLE
1. The drought had come upon Israel because of disobedience
a. They had forsaken God’s law
b. They had decided to do thing their own way
2. God’s blessings has and always will flow upon those are obedient to His will
a. Galatians 6:7-8
b. Revelation 22:14… Many today are making light of obedience
c. Notice what will happen to those who will not obey… 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9
d. We will be rewarded or punished depending on how we have handled the word of God
3. Our own personal disobedience can also at times cause trouble for others, as was the case with Ahab
a. Our ungodly use of the tongue or our poor attitude can greatly harm the body of Christ
1) Belittling the church or individuals does great harm
2) Bad attitudes, or negative attitudes do great harm
b. Sinful actions can effect others – hypocrites…
C. THE SHOWDOWN (1 Kgs. 18:19-40)
1. Elijah gathers the people (vs. 19-20)
a. Gathered all Israel
b. Gathered 850 false prophets
c. It is now time to put up or shut
2. An important question is asked
a. 1 Kings 18:21
b. Elijah is asking them why they are holding on to two sentiments – or, why are they in favor of two opinions?
c. Joshua 24:14-15
d. Matthew 6:24
e. Israel was going to have to choose, they could not have it both ways
1) Today, to many are trying to straddle the fence
2) We can’t stay neutral!
f. Who was Israel going to serve? Notice…
3. The Test
a. 1 Kings 18:22-24
b. The prophets of Baal were to cut up two bullocks into pieces and lay them on a pile of wood and call on their god to put fire thereon
c. Elijah was to do the same
d. The God that does so is the TRUE GOD
e. Today we need to test the prophets
1) 1 John 4:1
2) Revelation 2:2
3) We need to check ourselves… 2 Corinthians 13:5
4. The prophets of Baal begin (1 Kgs. 18:25-29)
a. The prophets of Baal called upon their gods from morning until noon, but nothing happened
b. They leaped on the altar, cut themselves, cried even louder – but still, nothing happened
c. Elijah begins to mock their gods by saying:
1) No true God would be talking and at the same time not be able to hear
2) No true God would be preoccupied and not hear
3) No true God would be on a long journey and not hear
4) No true God would be asleep and not hear
d. Today we need to realize that they things of this world cannot answer our cry
1) Matthew 6:19-21
2) The things of this world cannot give us what we really need
3) To call on the world to satisfy us is to act as silly as the prophets of Baal
5. The prophet of God begins (1 Kgs. 18:30-39)
a. Elijah rebuilds the altar of God
b. Elijah, though, makes the test even harder – a trench is dug around the altar and filled with water
c. Elijah cries unto the Lord to prove that:
1) He is God’s prophet
2) That He is the One and True Living God
d. 1 Kings 18:38-39
1) God proved who He is – and the people feared and believed
2) Today we must prove that God is, that the Bible is His word, that the Bible is His message for us, and that we must obey those words.
3) 1 Peter 3:15
4) Isaiah 41:21
5) Acts 24:25
6. The false prophets slain
a. 1 Kings 18:40
b. This was God’s commandment
1) Deuteronomy 13:1-5
2) Deuteronomy 18:20
c. In the Old Testament the false prophet was to be slain, in the New Testament the false prophet/teacher is to be withdrawn from
1) 2 Thessalonians 3:6, 14-15
2) 1 Timothy 6:3-5
CONCLUSION
Valuable lessons:
1. Look to blame ourselves first
2. God blesses those who keep His commandments
3. We cannot ride the fence
4. The world cannot answer our cry
5. The false teacher will be punished

Tom Moore
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Brotherly Love

Tune in tonight at 7:00pm CST to the Harris and Moore Expedition Through The Bible as we continue our study of the Christian Graces. Tonight’s topic: Brotherly Kindness/Love (Love of the Brethren).

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You have heard what men have said, now listen to what the Bible has to say.

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SOME ANCIENT PROBLEMS THAT CHARACTERIZE OUR NATION TODAY

SOME ANCIENT PROBLEMS THAT CHARACTERIZE OUR NATION TODAY
Jeremiah 6:9-15

INTRODUCTION
A. Jeremiah 6:9-15
B. The more things change, the more they stay the same
C. Ecclesiastes 1:9-10
D. In Jeremiah 6:9-15, at least four problems of the people of Judah are dealt with.
E. Consider how descriptive these are of our own nation today. Many today are…
DISCUSSION
A. OUTWARDLY RELIGIOUS, BUT WITH NO TRUE DELIGHT IN GOD’S WORD
1. The people of Judah had not dispensed with the outward aspects of worship to God – in fact, they laid great store by the temple, the sacrifices, and the law.
2. There was, however, no inner involvement of the heart to go with this outward show of religion.
a. Jeremiah 6:10
b. For all their show of religion, they had no real love for what God was saying to them.
3. Our nation today is outwardly quite religious, or at least claims to be religious – but there is little genuine regard for God Himself or for the truth of His word.
a. Putting on a big show does not make one truly religious
b. One who claims to be religious and does not subscribe to sound doctrine is not truly religious at all
4. Jesus warned about making a show of religion without the substance
a. Matthew 13:13-15
b. Matthew 15:7-9
5. In our world today many are…
B. DRIVEN BY GREED
1. The people to whom Jeremiah preached were a covetous people.
a. God said, Jeremiah 6:13
b. Consider also Jeremiah 22:17
2. It is no surprise that these people had no time or disposition to give heed to Jeremiah – they were too busy making yet another shekel.
3. As in Jeremiah’s day so in ours, covetousness confuses the values of those who give themselves to it.
a. Luke 12:15-21
b. The six “I” fool had his value system out of whack
4. No scriptural warning is needed in our nation any more than the warning against the love of money
a. 1 Timothy 6:9-10
b. The “love of money” – covetousness – is a major cause of trouble in our day
5. Sadly, many in our world are…
C. SHAMELESSLY PROUD OF SIN
1. God asked, Jeremiah 6:15
2. Through repeated sin, we can harden our consciences to the point where they feel no pangs of guilt – we become insensible to shame.
a. When we give ourselves over to sin, we eventually
get to the point where we are “past feeling” – Ephesians 4:17-19
b. 1 Timothy 4:1-2
3. Like Jeremiah’s age, ours is characterized by the inability to blush.
a. Romans 1:32
b. Philippians 3:19
4. It is a very dangerous thing to lose our sense of shame.
a. Without shame, there is no repentance.
b. It is godly sorrow that produces repentance… 2 Corinthians 7:10
5. A major problem in our world today is that many are…
D. SOOTHED BY THE COMFORT OF FALSE TEACHERS
1. As bad as spiritual conditions were in Jeremiah’s day, it was even worse that the people were lulled into a false sense of security by those who falsely preached that all was well.
2. God said, Jeremiah 6:14
3. Warnings of God’s judgment have never been popular – but they are needed.
a. Isaiah 30:9-10
b. The work of the “watchman” is a serious responsibility.
1) Ezekiel 33:1-11
2) Will we blow the trumpet?
4. The crowd-pleasing teachers of our day are those who make people feel good about themselves in their present condition.
a. Many do not want to be disturbed.
1) They like being lied to
2) Many ignorantly swallow whatever they are fed
b. 2 Timothy 4:3-4
5. But when spiritual conditions are such that people need to be warned, it is a serious mistake either to preach or to listen to preaching that says, “Peace, peace!”
CONCLUSION
A. It is foolish to fail to learn from the past.
B. Especially is this so with regard to Bible history.
1. Romans 15:4
2. 1 Corinthians 10:11
C. What can we learn from the sins of Judah in Jeremiah’s day?
1. We must not just go through the outward motions of worshiping God – we must genuinely love Him and His word.
2. We must serve God and not mammon.
3. We must preserve our conscience.
4. We must want to be taught the truth – even when it calls for our correction.
D. The corrective in Jeremiah’s day is the same in ours.
1. God’s judgment upon sin cannot be turned aside without a genuine change of heart.
2. Jeremiah 6:16

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HANGING IN FEAR

There is a character in the classic work Don Quixote named Pancho Sanchez. Pancho Sanchez hangs in fear from the ledge of a window all night long, too frightened to let go. When morning dawns he discovers his toes are only an inch off the ground. Then there is Simon Peter climbing out of the boat trying to imitate his Lord by walking on the water. Then, like so many, he makes the mistake of looking around. “What in the world am I doing?” he might have asked himself and suddenly he begins to sink.

How often that happens in life. People are charting a successful course in their business, in their marriage, in their walk with Christ, and then they begin to listen to their fears. “What if I fail? What if the market fails? What if my faith is misplaced?” and they begin slowly to sink.

How do we control our fear? First, we need faith, and faith comes by hearing the word of God (Rom. 10:17) – hearing in the sense of heeding its instruction. Secondly, we need to realize the Lord’s providential help – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13; NKJ). “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Rom. 8:31; ESV). Thirdly, we need love. “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love” (1 Jn. 4:18; ESV), and remember, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (Jn. 14:15).

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