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'In Him, All Things Are Held Together'

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Sermon shared by Bruce Ball

March 2009
Summary: A message concerning the physical proof of Colossians 1:17, when it says, "In Him, all things are held together.’
Audience: General adults
Sermon:

TODAY’S MESSAGE IS A BIT DIFFERENT
· · It is not so much a lesson on Scripture
· · But on the concept of God’s love for us

I WILL SHOW YOU
· · Irrefutable scientific details
· · That has only been revealed in recent years,
· · And they show what God has done for us

LET’S START WITH GLUE
· · There are many kinds
· · Some glues are stronger than others,
· · But all fail at some point of stress

IS THERE ANY KIND OF GLUE
· · That holds together no matter what ?
· · No man-made glue holds that good

BUT THERE IS ONE KIND
· · That holds no matter what
· · But it isn’t made by man
· · It is made by God

TURN TO COLOSSIANS 1
· · We will come back to that momentarily.

A WOMAN IN WEST VIRGINIA
· · Had some personal experience with glue.
· · She had a blister on the heel of her foot
· · So she put some super-glue on the blister

AND THEN, SHE SAT DOWN AT HER KITCHEN TABLE
· · To have a cup of coffee with a neighbor.
· · While she sat there, the glue ran down her foot
· And stuck her foot to the floor.

SHE ENDED UP HAVING TO CALL 9-1-1
· The glue was strong, but it wasn’t strong enough.
· They had it dissolved in less than an hour.

IT SEEMS EVEN THE STRONGEST OF GLUES
· Don’t work that well
· Under certain conditions.

COLOSSIANS 1:15-17
‘He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him, all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him.

‘He is before all things, and in Him – all things hold together.’

THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT PASSAGE
· I want to go over it
· a little slower
· and in more detail

PAUL SAYS JESUS
· Is the image of the invisible God
· Some people think that means
· Jesus & God look like twins

I THINK IT MEANS
· Jesus is the perfect reflection
· Of the “essence” of God

PAUL SAYS JESUS
· Is before all things
· And that He created everything
· That means Jesus always was

GOING BACK TO GENESIS 1:1
· It says that ‘God created the world’.
· The word ‘God’ as it appears in the original text,
· Is the word “Elohim’, which is the word used
· for a plurality of Gods -
· Or more than one God

SO WHO WERE THE GODS
· The original referred to in this verse?
· They were God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit

WE CANNOT COMPREHEND FOREVERNESS
· As humans, we need
· A starting point & a stopping point

NOW THERE IS SOMETHING
· nearly everyone misses
· It is found in the last part of verse 17:
· ‘… and in Him, all things hold together.’

AND THAT IS WHAT
· I want to talk to you about today
· How Jesus literally
· Holds all things together

JESUS DID NOT CREATE THE WORLD
· and then just go away.
· He made it and it is only He
· That sustains the world, even today.

JESUS MADE YOU
· He put you together
· And He continues to hold you together.
· You owe your very life to Him.

HE KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT US
· And He STILL loves us!
· he even gave us a promise ----
· If we will trust in Him
· He will stick with us – forever

GOD SHOWS IS HIS POWER IN

PSALM 33:9-10
‘For He spoke, and it came to be; He commanded, and it stood firm. The Lord foils the plans of
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