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Summary: To show that GOD reconciled us thru CHRIST is a package deal: faith + refraining from sinful desires.

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I. EXORDIUM:

Are you reconciled thru CHRIST?

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that GOD reconciled us thru CHRIST is a package deal: faith + refraining from sinful desires.

IV. TEXT:

Colossians 1:21-22 (Amplified Bible)

And although you at one time were estranged and alienated from Him and were of hostile attitude of mind in your wicked activities,

Yet now has [Christ, the Messiah] reconciled [you to God] in the body of His flesh through death, in order to present you holy and faultless and irreproachable in His [the Father’s] presence.

V. THESIS:

GOD reconciled us thru CHRIST is a package deal: faith + refraining from sinful desires.

VI. TITLE:

GOD reconciled us thru CHRIST

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author: Apostle Paul

B. Date written: Between 60 to 64 A.D.

C. Purpose: To exhort and edify believers

D. To whom written: Church in Colosse, a city of Asia Minor

E. Main themes: Church, as body of CHRIST. CHRIST as Head of the Church. Warnings against trusting worldly wisdom

F. Keywords: CHRIST - the Head of all

Colossians 2:10 (Amplified Bible)

And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power].

G. Key verses:

Colossians 2:9-10 (Amplified Bible)

For in Him the whole fullness of Deity (the Godhead) continues to dwell in bodily form [giving complete expression of the divine nature].

And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead—Father, Son and Holy Spirit—and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power].

VIII. MAIN BODY:

A. We were alienated from GOD

"And although you at one time were estranged and alienated from Him"

Galatians 5:4 (Amplified Bible)

If you seek to be justified and declared righteous and to be given a right standing with God through the Law, you are brought to nothing and so separated (severed) from Christ. You have fallen away from grace (from God’s gracious favor and unmerited blessing).

1 Peter 2:11 (Amplified Bible)

Beloved, I implore you as aliens and strangers and exiles [in this world] to abstain from the sensual urges (the evil desires, the passions of the flesh, your lower nature) that wage war against the soul.

As CHRISTians we're not exempted from troubles, and problems. The only thing that can make us fell from grace are: (1) if we try to be justified through the Law and (2) if we are worldly.

B. We were enemies

"and were of hostile attitude of mind in your wicked activities,"

1. In our minds

2. Because of our evil behavior

Romans 5:10 (Amplified Bible)

For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, it is much more [certain], now that we are reconciled, that we shall be saved (daily delivered from sin’s dominion) through His [resurrection] life.


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