Summary: Listen, the tongue isn’t all bad .... It can do great good. And in Colossians 4:2-17 we see 3 ways in which we can use our tongues for good. (Jesus is Enough - part 8)
Jesus Is Enough - part 8 (Col 4:2-17)
“There Should Be ND in Our Speech”
Jesus IS enough!!! Jesus IS enough!!! >>> Do YOU believe that?
Do YOU live that?
This is week 8 in our study of the book of Colossians - and let me tell you it has been an awesome time in God’s word...
Let’s do a little review....of where we have been - these last 7 weeks....
The First part of this letter - chapters 1 & 2 could be called “JESUS IS ENOUGH...”
In these chapters Paul tells us that - Jesus’ Grace is Enough....
His grace is enough to: Free us from our sins
Rescue us from danger
Brush away our tears
Reconcile us to God
Cloth us with Christ
Remove our guilt
Fill us with hope
Take us to heaven
He also tells us that Jesus’ Lordship is enough and because he is k of k - and l of l - we said, that He‘s Got it covered.. God’s word taught us in week 2 - that;
Jesus is Savior >>> He’s got our salvation covered
Jesus is Creator >>> He ‘s got our life covered
Jesus is the Church >>> He’s got Central covered
Jesus is God >>> He’s got everything covered...
Then he tells -- us that Jesus’ Word is enough - Listen, we don’t need anyone to give us any ‘other’ stuff about God, we got it all right in here....The bible is the FULL and FINAL revelation of God.
The second part of this letter we could call - “Let Go Of The World...” If Jesus is enough then you need to let Go of the world....
AND we do that;
“BY letting heaven fill our thoughts......
“By putting to death - greed & sexual immorality, “Have nothing to do with sexual sin, impurity, lust and shameful desires...”
“BY removing the grave clothes of old way of life - God’s word says to the Christian, “NOW is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malice, slander, filthy speech and lies....”
And then we need to put some things on - Christians are to put on; compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness and love.
The final section of Paul’s letter could be called - “Change The World” - Listen, people who have become convinced that Jesus is enough! People who have let go of the world - people who have put to death and stripped off the old ways of living.... and who have put on the royal garments of Jesus Christ - are now ready to change the world..... How? through lives that are different from those in the world - noticeably different......
God through Paul is teaching that there should be a ND - in four essential areas of our lives.... IN our churches --- In our homes -- in our speech and in our work life....
The last 2 weeks we talked about the first 2 areas.
There should be a ND in the church....When people gathered together at Christ’s Church.... there should be a ND between their assemblies and the worlds assemblies...
In The Church Christ Rules - (Jesus Christ IS the agenda -- He is the ruling and driving force of the church - not anger, rage, slander - AND not our way, our wants, our agenda, our glory or our self....)
In the church we are thankful - when the body of Christ assembles - we don’t a hear a bunch whining, gripping & complaining -- but rather we hear conversations full of thanks & gratitude. People grateful; for the grace the saves them - the blood that redeemed them - the hope that fills them and the presence of Christ that is with them...