Summary: To Christian "in Christ" an invitation is given to unlimited life. Unlimited life is a gift from God -- Grace, Unlimited Life comes from the presence of God -- Peace, Unlimited Life comes from our position with God -- Place (standing)
Intro: Life unlimited has Christ as its center. The false teachers in Colosse are trying to move the church from its center. Paul is teaching them how to deal with the false teachers.
Colossians 2.20 “If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why as if you were living in the world do you submit yourself to decrees…”
Jesus Christ has set us free from our old way of thinking. The Colossians had not as yet changed their way of thinking. They continued with a non-Christian or secular world view. If we have died with Christ then we are dead to the elementary principles of the world. We don’t think like we used to.
We should have the mind of Christ. Our thoughts are controlled by Him. This requires a remodeling of the way we think. It requires a radical change in our minds.
Do you want to know why our culture is changing? (I’m Glad you do)
It is because of a secular worldview. It is a way of thinking and making decisions that does not take into account The Lord Jesus Christ. (Unchanged lives)
This mindset is daily hammered like a railroad spike into our minds and the precious minds of our children.
They are winning the mind war. They will continue to soundly gain ground until we as Christians stop allowing worldly thinking to control our daily life and the life of the church.
Jesus came to set the captives free. Where the spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. We who have died with Christ are no longer bound by worldly thinking!!!
I want to ask you the same question Paul asked the Colossians.
If you have died with Christ way are you allowing a non-Christian worldview to keep you from Life Unlimited!!!?
The dominate thought in this book is that Jesus is all, and in Christ we are made full, complete. The cross of Jesus stands as the ultimate plus sign before you today. Jesus’ death on the cross can only add to your life. It will only enlarge your life. The only thing accepting Jesus takes away is your sin, and your desire for the world.
Ephesians 2.8 “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.”
1.2 “Grace to you” (More than just a greeting it was an invitation)
I offer and invitation to you today church. It is an invitation to reject the ways of the world and receive Unlimited Life available only through Christ.
I. The Unlimited Life is a Gift from God -- Grace
Unlimited life begins with God’s limitless love.
“Paul an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God,”
A) God’s will leads to Unlimited Living
2 Peter 3.9 “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”
God waits for lost souls to turn to Him (that is repentance). He waits for wayward Christians to turn back to Him.
1) Are you where God wants you?
It is better to ask the Lord to direct your paths than to correct your mistakes. (Prov 3.5,6)
2) Are you what God wants you?
The secret of an unsuccessful life lies in an unsurrendered will.
(is disobedience limiting your life?)
Do you want it all? Then surrender all.
Colossians 2.3 “In whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
Colossians 2.9 “In Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form.”
Frances J Roberts
So much God would give . . . so little is received. Why live so beggarly when the
riches of heaven are yours for the asking?
B) God’s ways lead to Unlimited Living
The guide of grace leads us to the path of righteousness
1) The path of righteousness
We follow the path of righteousness because of a radical change of heart.
Romans 10.10 “for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness.”
Our response to God’s goodness is to follow His path!!!
a) Its a straight path
Matthew 7.14 “Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.”
God guides us in ways of moral purity
A life not limited by the laws of the world
Homosexuality is okay with the world not so with God
Lying is okay with the world not so with God
Killing babies, elderly, other okay with world
Dishonesty okay with world no so with God
Unfaithfulness okay with world not so with God
Things that once were a disgrace now bring a movie, book, or TV contract.
Wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it. Right is right, even though no one else does it. (That is the path called straight)