Summary: . What is at stake is our walk in faith and draw closer to God.
DEPTH AND STABILITY IN CHRIST
by Cesar Delgado
October 22, 2005
We lives in a dangerous times- now. It is predicted in the bible.
1. War and conflict in every side – Matt. 24:6
2. Encounter among leaders of nations – Luke14:31
3. Man becomes lovers of themselves – 2Tim.3:2
4. Man becomes lovers of money and pleasure – 2Tim.3:3-4
5. People will not endure sound doctrine – 2Tim. 4:3
However, one that is far more dangerous than the physical realm. Satan is waging war against us, brethren. What is at stake is our soul and eternal destiny. What is at stake is our walk in faith and draw closer to God.
However, there are a lot of Christians that are sleepwalking when they should be alert to the danger of the enemy.
Proposition: We should be strong and deeply rooted in our faith and walk in Christ, in whom all wisdom and knowledge are hidden in Him.
What is deep and stability in Christ?
I. STAND TOGETHER IN LOVE (v.2a)
1. The church cannot proceed to other essential matters until it stands united.
• Believers are to work at keeping the peace so that they can stay bond together in unity of God’s spirit. (1Cor. 1:10; 2Cor. 13:11)
2. That unity come only in love.
• The human heart aches for such strength in love.
• It is the cement that joins and keeps them together, and which edifies and builds them up, and whereby they increase with the increase of God. 1John 4:20
• When our hearts are united in love, then the hearts of every believer will be strong, encouraged, braced, assured, confident, and comforted. Ephesians 4
II STAND TALL IN WISDOM (Vv. 2b-5)
a. Do you like to hunt for treasure?
• Lost coins
• Lost valuable rings
• Hidden gold
Sometimes that fascinates us about hidden treasure.
Let’s not look somewhere for wisdom and knowledge.
The real treasure that we need is revealed in the Bible.
1. Of the mystery of God
• of calling the Gentiles into the Christian church (Eph. 1:9-10)
• Trough the Church the manifold wisdom of God might be made known to the principalities and powers in heavenly places (Eph.3:10)
• Here "the mystery of God", which he is both the author and subject of: it is by him as the efficient cause, ordained by him, and hid in him before the world was; and it is of him, as the subject matter of it; not as the God of nature and providence, which the works of both declare; but as the God of all grace, as God in Christ, which is the peculiar discovery of the Gospel.
2. Of Christ
• He being both the efficient cause and the subject matter of it.
• It treats of his deity and personality; of his offices, as Mediator, prophet, priest, and King; of his incarnation and redemption; of his grace, righteousness, sacrifice, and satisfaction; of justification by him, pardon through him, and acceptance in him.
The Father initiate and Christ implemented.
3. Of His treasures of wisdom and knowledge (v3)
• One reason to admire and trust Jesus above all other persons is that he knows more than anyone else. He knows all people thoroughly, their hearts and their thoughts. "He knew all men" (John 2:24).