02.21.16

Colossians 1:21-23

  • all things come into existence by Christ and for Christ
  • Christ holds all things together–the more we walk away from Him, the more our life begins to unravel
  • Christ displays God for us to see
  • He is the head of the church
  • He comes before all (preeminence of Christ)
  • the modern-day Christ has been watered-down –> very fragmented; we don’t believe that He has the power to move our lives
  • “I pray that Jesus will come to know Christ, that Buddhists will come to know Christ, that Muslims will come to know Christ, and that Christians will come to know Christ”

GOSPEL

#1 condition of ourselves without Christ

#2 criteria that needs to be met to enter heaven

#3 works of Jesus Christ

  • when we are without Christ, we are alienated and hostile in mind
  • ripped apart from our Maker and condition to despise Him
  • we do evil deeds (the sins we repent are only the tip of the iceberg)
  • conditions to get into heaven: holy, blameless
  • all of us are infected with sin and live outside the walls of heaven (think of zombie movies and compounds)
  • Jesus Christ has the vaccines
  • Christ lived the life we were supposed to live, and died the death we were supposed to die
  • why was Christ born as an infant?
    • because the first 30 years of his life He lived holy, blameless and above reproach for us
  • forgiveness of our sins is not an entrance ticket into heaven
  • what happened on the cross is an exit ticket out of hell
  • a perfect life is the entrance ticket into heaven (which is why Jesus’ life substitutes ours)
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