Summary: This sermon deals with mans need of everlasting life
Some people would say that there greatest need in life is to Get married, buy a house, be better at sports, win the lottery, be smarter, graduate college, get a better job and on and on
It has been reported that over 70 million Americans today are struggling to find some meaning in life. And that over 50% of Americans struggle with some type of depression.
There is a hunger in man that this world can never satisfy!
C.S. Lewis, in his classic book, Mere Christianity, said, "The whole purpose for which we exist is to be taken into the life of God
I believe that C.S. Lewis hits the nail on the head… Man has a need a need to be alive
Genesis 2:17 (KJV)
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Adam and Eve died spiritually after they ate the fruit of the tree which God told them not to eat. Adam and Eve were formed in the image of God, and after the fall Adams children were formed in his image with the sinful nature we have all been born spiritually dead.
Genesis 5:3 (KJV)
And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:
John 14:6 (KJV)
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 5:40 (KJV)
And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
John 6:47 (KJV)
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
I. THE REALITY OF NEW LIFE (
John 5:24 (KJV)
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
John 11:26 (KJV)
And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
Romans 6:4 (KJV)
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
II. THE RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE NEW LIFE
Matthew 6:33 (KJV)
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Col. 3:8-9 (KJV)
But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.  Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
1 Cor. 6:18-20 (KJV)
Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.  What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Frank Saintria has a sung that speaks about many peoples lives the words in the chorus said, “Like Frankie said, “I did it my way”
I just wanna live while I’m alive (it’s my life)
The responsibility of our new life is we no longer live for ourselves but rather we live for God
III. Results of our NEW LIFE (3:10-11)
Col. 3:10-11 (KJV)
And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:  Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
a. . We Have a New Image (3:10), the image is that of God, people should be able to see Jesus in Us.
B. We Have a New Identity (3:11)
- National differences don’t matter (Jew nor Greek)
- Former religious backgrounds don’t matter (circumcised nor uncircumcised)
- Cultural differences don’t matter (barbarian, Scythian)
- Economic status doesn’t matter (slave nor free)
IV. REWARDS FOR THE NEW LIFE (3:3-4)
Col. 3:3-4 (KJV)
For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.