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Summary: Don’t live below your privileges in Jesus. One of the biggest challenges for new Christians is realizing what Jesus has done and what He’s still doing in your heart.

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Last week:

Colossians 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.

This week:

Colossians 2:9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form,

10 and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.

11 In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ,

12 having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.

13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,

14 having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross.

15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

ONE THING POSSIBLILITIES:

Don’t live below your privileges in Jesus.

One of the biggest challenges for new Christians is realizing what Jesus has done & what he’s still doing in your heart.

ILLUS: "The Mystery of the Missing Owner" read the headline on an unusual section of the Chicago Tribune on Sunday, February 6, 2005. The supplement was actually a legal notice published by the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office seeking to give money away to rightful owners--the contents of abandoned safe deposit boxes, forgotten bank accounts, security deposit checks, uncashed paychecks, and dividend checks.

More than a billion dollars is owed to nearly five million people and businesses that the Treasurer’s Office could not trace. The front page of the supplement listed the names and last known addresses of 10 individuals or couples each owed over $100,000. And what followed were 116 pages packed tightly with names from Lucilee Aakeberg to Leonard E. Zyzda--113,000 names of people all owed more than $100 in cash and/or stock!

The argument Paul is making is that Christ in his fullness has done for them what nothing else can do. No empty philosophy that man can bring along can do it.

It wasn’t philosophy that did these things for you – it was Jesus.

You know how he changed your heart!

You know what he did.

You know how you used to be.

You know you were hard-hearted, proud, arrogant, self-sufficient, uncaring about things of God.

You know in your mind that you see a good thing in God and his law, but your heart is too weak, selfish and self-centered to do a single thing about it!

1. Jesus gave you FULLNESS FOR YOUR EMPTINESS.


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