What is the key to our becoming who we ought to be in Christ? Last time we saw the necessity of putting on the New Man. That is, we are to be people who are appropriating what Christ has already given us in the Gospel. This will result in changing our focus, dealing with the sin in our lives and striving to be more Christ-like in our attitudes and behaviors. This is done, not out of compulsion, but in response to His amazing love which He showed in redeeming us. As we consider His love and the peace that is the result (not a feeling of peace, but true peace with God through His Sacrifice) it should also make us what to get to know Him better. How important is it to you, to know God for who He really is? Not knowing the God we would like or expect, but really knowing Him?
Grace In Your Hearts – AUDIO of the sermon preached 10-2-11
In order to really understand the Love of Christ and have a true grasp of the peace that results, we need to know both ourselves and Him. Therefore, as the Apostle Paul writes to these Colossian Believers he gives them several points to becoming who we are in Christ.
Colossians 3:14-17 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
- Appropriate the Love.
- Allow the peace to rule or direct your heart.
- Be thankful!
- Allow Christ’s words to fill you copiously!
The key to the former is the latter. That is, we will never really know the Love of Christ, understand His peace or be truly thankful, unless we spend time in His Word. It is here, and only here in all the universe that we can learn about Christ as the Redeemer, understand His love and know His peace. It is only here that we can find all that we need to fill us with gratitude and thus, live the life of verse 17 “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
So, the question comes, What place does the Word of God have in your life? Is it dwelling in you? Is it dwelling richly? Job said, “I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth More than my necessary food.” (Job 23:12) Job is the oldest book in the Bible. He had very little of God’s Word. We have His complete revelation. We have more copies and translations and commentaries and teachers than any culture that ever lived! But, we also have more distractions. We need to come to God’s Word daily with an open heart and a sense of our need. We need to come to it and understand God’s great mercy in showing Himself to us and providing for us, though we are born rebels against Him. We need to bring this to the table every day and see the Love of God displayed there, like it is nowhere else. We need to draw from it the sense of peace that comes from being reconciled to a Holy God whom we have offended. All of this needs to produce gratitude and drive our lives to become lives lived to His glory. Bon Appetit!
Grace In Your Hearts – AUDIO