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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Colossians 1:12-14 The Greatest Work Ever Done

Title: The Greatest Work Ever Done
Text: Colossians 1:12-14

The greatest deed a man can ever do is to lay down his life for another. Morally and Spiritually it is the greatest thing someone can do for another person. We have law enforcement, military, fire fighters, all putting their lives in harm for the protection of others. The ultimate example of this is the Lord Jesus Christ, who died for His creation on the cross. The greatest work ever done was the work of Jesus Christ's death and resurrection. We will recognize 5 amazing doctrines of Christ in these 3 verses, seeing the satisfactory work He completed on the cross, which we stand in today as believers. God sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, who alone takes our sins away, transfers us from the pit of hell into the paradise of heaven, took away the power of darkness, and made us partakers of the kingdom of heaven. Paul noticed these things and wrote these truths to the Colossians reminding them they are complete in Christ. Their identity is found in Christ.

Christology - The study of the nature and works of Christ

We will only look at these 3 verses that are powerfully exalting 5 great works of Jesus Christ. Why do we need to know these things? Because these are the things the Lord did for us! We need to know the sovereign, satisfactory, and superior work of Christ through his death and resurrection. Paul was affirming the satisfactory work of Jesus Christ by reminding the Colossians that Jesus has qualified them to go to the heaven (v.12), delivered them from the power of darkness and conveyed them into the kingdom of the Son of His love (v.13), and lastly He has redeemed and forgiven them of their sins through the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed for you and me at the cross (v.14).

1. Qualified Us. (1:12)
Jesus has qualified us to become partakers of the heaven where an inheritance awaits. Only through Christ's righteousness that has been imputed to us can we be qualified to be partakers of heaven because the qualification is perfection! Only Christ's righteousness is perfect.

2. Delivered Us. (1:13a)
Jesus has delivered us from the power of darkness. He has disarmed all powers, principalities, dominions, and all spiritual forces of wickedness. He has delivered us from the bondage and slavery of sinfulness. He has delivered us from Satan and his demons.

3. Conveyed Us. (1: 13b)
Jesus has conveyed us (better known as translated) into the kingdom of His Son. We have been given to the Son as a gift from the Father and now rest in His love and one day be in His kingdom. We are now apart of the family of God.

4. Redeemed Us. (v. 1:14a)
Jesus has redeemed us from being lost and now are found. He bought us, saved us, rescued us from being lost and depraved, and paid the penalty of sin and its consequences through the cross.
5. Forgiven Us. (v. 1:14b)
Jesus has forgiven all of our sins through the shedding of His blood on the cross. It was through the shedding of blood, we have the remission of sins and atonement. Our sins that once were as red as scarlet are now made white as snow. We are cleansed and washed through the wonderful work of Jesus Christ.
Remember the Lord Jesus Christ today and all that He has done for you!!!
Is Jesus Christ your Lord? If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you need to know that your in trouble. The Bible says that all have fallen short of the glory of God and have sinned. The wages of sin is death, and the penalty is Hell. However, there is hope. The hope came 2000 years ago through Jesus Christ. He came to die for you so you could go to heaven and have a relationship with Him. To receive Christ, there are some important things you need to know and do. First off, your a sinner who needs to confess to the Lord your sins. Secondly, you need to repent of your sin, acknowledging that your need to stop your rebellion of unrighteousness and choose righteousness. Thirdly, you will need to ask, pray, and receive Christ into your heart as your Lord and Savior. If you do these things, God says whoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. However, there is one more thing. The last thing is to follow Him. After you confess, repent, receive the Lord as your Savior and God, then you need to follow Him for a life long commitment. His promise to you is all of these things in this study (heaven, forgiveness, etc), therefore put your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ!

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