Summary: God can conquer the one issue we cannot conquer on our own. God is big enough to conquer my sin!
• SLIDE #1
• Today we will wrap up or series God Is Big Enough; Changing our ideas about God.
• Today we will examine an area that does not receive enough attention, the idea that God is big enough to conquer my sin.
• The issue of sin is one that has plagued mankind since Adam, with the encouragement of his wife Eve, chose to take a bit of the forbidden fruit in the garden of Eden.
• Sin means to miss the mark, God gave Adam and Eve a target to hit and they missed and we have been missing every since.
• Sin is a universal struggle for people, God knows this and the Bible tells us as such.
• SLIDE #2
• Romans 3:23 (HCSB) — 23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.
• Sin is something that if ignored will leave one short of being able to be with God for eternity.
• Sin is the one of the areas of life in which one cannot fix themselves, one needs help.
• I cannot cure my sin problem without Jesus. Jesus is the one who God sent to fix our sin problem.
• God had a plan before time and He revealed His plan back in Genesis. When God was speaking to the serpent, God told him;
• SLIDE #3
• Genesis 3:15 (HCSB) I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.
• When sin entered the world, God has a way to conquer it! Today we are going to look at the fact that God is Big Enough TO Conquer My sin!
• I will offer some background into the passage we will examine today.
• Paul writes this letter to the church at Colossae during his first Roman imprisonment in about 62 AD. Ephesians and Philemon were sent along with this letter to the churches.
• SLIDE #4
• Paul never preached in Colossae, it was most likely started by those who heard Paul preach while he was in Ephesus. Ephesus was 90 miles west of Colossae.
• A troublesome issue that Paul addressed in the letter was that of Gnosticism. The Gnostics were going around to the churches as telling the folks they needed the special knowledge they possessed in order to saved.
• The name Gnostics comes from the Greek words which means KNOWLEDGE.
• There were five basic tenants to Gnosticism.
o God is an impersonal force
o Jesus was a created being.
o Dualism. The Spiritual realm was good and the physical world was evil.
o Auto-salvation. This taught that JESUS and CHRIST were two different things. They said that Jesus by learning from the past ascended masters, allowed Him to the Christ, and that we too can be “Christs” that are divine and we can lead others to the same state.
• This background will explain why Paul is going to such great lengths to encourage the church at Colossae concerning the salvation they have through Jesus, and that Jesus is all-sufficient for one’s salvation
• SLIDE #5
• Colossians 2:13 (HCSB) And when you were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive with Him and forgave us all our trespasses.
• SLIDE #6
I. Jesus will forgive your sins.
• Paul points something out in verse 13 that we cannot overlook. “And when you were dead in trespasses and in the uncircumcision of your flesh”
• Before Jesus is our Lord and Savior, we are dead in our sins.
• SLIDE #7
• Ephesians 2:12 (HCSB) At that time you were without the Messiah, excluded from the citizenship of Israel, and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.
• When we commit our first sin, we are separated from God, we are dead in our sins. Our path, our future is eternal death, which is separation from God.
• Romans reminds us of what sin gives us.
• SLIDE #8
• Romans 6:23 (HCSB) For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
• When we chose to pursue a life of sin, our wages will be spiritual death, there is no getting around that fact. Because of the sin of Adam, we will all die physically, our own sin earns us spiritual death, or separation from God.
• The way we reverse the process is to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. To put on Christ, and as verse 12 states, to be baptized into Jesus.
• SLIDE #9
• Colossians 2:12 (HCSB) Having been buried with Him in baptism, you were also raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.