Do Everything in the Name of the Lord Jesus
May 29, 2016 Preacher: Series: How We Are Designed to Live: The Work - Sabbath Balance
Scripture: Colossians 3:1–17
Key Truth: Because of the applied finished work of Christ as signified by our baptism, we are able to put off that which is earthly in us and put on that which displays the image of Christ.
Q: What impact does your baptism have on how you live?
“The end of Christianity is, to restore man to the Divine image, in order to (accomplish) his ultimate restoration to the blessedness which he has forfeited and lost….Doubtless the Lord Jesus Christ, by his own obedience unto death, effects our reconciliation with God: that is his work, and his alone.”
Charles Simeon, Horae Homileticae Vol. 18: Philippians to 1 Timothy
Seek and Set Your Minds on the Things Above Where Christ Is:
“…Paul focuses on the believer’s union with Christ. The past experience of dying with him and being raised with him is the basis for our present status s people whose heavenly identity is real and secure, yet hidden, an identity that will be gloriously manifested in the future.”
Douglas J. Moo, The Pillar New Testament Commentary: Colossians and Philemon
Q: What do you look to most as you seek direction for navigating life in a fallen world?
Put Off and Put to Death What is Earthly:
“You have died with Christ; act and speak and think therefore so as to make it plain that this “death” is no mere figure of speech, but a real event which has severed the links which bound you to the dominion of sin. In short, be (in actual practice) what you now are (by divine act).”
F.F. Bruce, The Epistles to the Colossians, to Philemon, and to the Ephesians
Q: How are you actively seeking to mortify and put off that which is earthly or sinful in you?
Put On What is Christ-like and Give Thanks to God the Father in All Things:
“The only Christian work is good work well done. Let the Church see to it that the workers are Christian people and do their work well, as to God: then all work will be Christian work, whether it is church embroidery, or sewage farming.”
Dorothy Sayers, “Why Work?”
Q: How are you putting on the things of Christ so as to do in word and deed everything to the glory of the Lord Jesus giving thanks to God the Father through Him?
Colossians 3:1-17 teaches us that:
-we are to continually look to the finished work of Christ as signified by our baptism
-we can put off and mortify that which is earthly in us through our union with Christ
-we can put on the things of Christ so that our words and deeds bring glory to the Father