THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
SERMONS FOR EDIFICATION
TO LIVE FOR CHRIST, ONE MUST LIVE WITH CHRIST
TEXT: Col. 3:1-4
In the 1st chapter of Paul's letter to Colossians, thanking God for the salvation of the people of that church & for the FRUIT of their work. One goes with the other.
The GREATEST THING that can ever happen to a person is for them to surrender
to Christ and become SAVED! AMEN?
And AFTER the person is saved, THEN he become FRUITFUL for Christ!
A person cannot have the dynamic power of God living IN Him, without
EXPRESSION of that power going THROUGH him.
Also in 1st chapter of Col. Paul launches in to a summary of Christian doctrines (verses 12-29).
Then, in the 2nd chapter, Paul expresses concerns about false teachers and
philosophies. He warns the church to beware and to NOT allow someone to deceive
them by taking away their PERSONAL DIRECT WORSHIP AND RELATIONSHIP with
It is in Chap. 2:9 that Paul says the "FULLNESS" of the Godhead BODILY rests
in Christ Jesus. Friend, when you go to Christ, you go to GOD! And the greatest
of all privileges of being a Christian is to know God's PRESENCE at ANY
Now, in this 3rd Chap. Of Col., Paul begins to expound on HOW we live the
Christian life. When we are saved, we are NOT left alone to live like we want.
We are given spiritual guidelines as to HOW we are to SERVE our LORD!
And one of the most important truths of the Christian faith is found right
here in Col. 3:1-4. That is: "Unless you live WITH Christ, you cannot live FOR
((Man came into hamburger place with a duck and a tin box. He put the duck on
top of the tin box and the duck began to DANCE! Everyone watched and was
fascinated. They all bought hamburgers and more hamburgers. Business was GOOD!
So the owner decided to BUY the duck. He did for $500. That evening at closing
time, the duck was still dancing and people were still ordering! The man called
the guy from whom he'd bought the duck. He asked, "How do I get that duck to
STOP dancing?" The man answered, "Take the duck off the tin box. Open the tin
box. Now, BLOW OUT THE CANDLE!"))
"The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward
parts of the belly." (Prov. 20:27)
And God's CANDLE of His Holy Spirit IN us oughta KEEP us dancing for Jesus
until He comes again, or until God extinguishes the candle & we die!
Because of God's salvation, we ARE justified, ARE BEING sanctified, and WILL
BE glorified! Ain't God GOOD? When an ole sinner like me got on his knees and
begged Christ in true conviction for forgiveness, He GRANTED it! He not only
gave forgiveness, but also made me BORN AGAIN - recreated, made new, changed,
RADICALLy different (2Cor. 5:17)
Then, once born again, God begins to work IN and THROUGH us to transform us
into the image of Christ. God's Holy Spirit in us PROPELS us to growth, and
service for our Lord.
If you are RISEN with Christ, it is because you have DIED to self, and are
SEEKING the things of Christ ((text - vs3)).
So - let's listen to the exhortation in verses 1-2 of our text again.
"Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery,
fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred,
variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditins, heresies, Envyings, murders,
drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I
have also told you in time past, that they which DO such things shall NOT
inherti the kingdom of God." (Gal. 5:19-21)
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering,
gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no
law." (Gal. 5:22-23)
II. HOW TO KEEP CHRIST FIRST
"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but
Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the
faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me." (Gal.
"Down at the cross where my Savior died,
Down where for cleansing from sin I cried,
There to my heart was the blood applied,
Glory to His Name!!"
The struggle with SIN can be conquered by COMING to the cross!
Where WE die to self and start becoming what God WANTS!
"At the cross, at the cross, where I first saw the light,
And the burden of my heart rolled away,
It was there by faith, I received my sight,
And now I am happy all the day!"
III. THE REASON TO SURRENDER
Friends, you have the greatest privilege in the world today. You can live WITH Christ! His power inside you can make you what HE wants you to be!
But there are many distractions in the world. Many people live WITH someone
else, or something else rather than with Christ.
The most glorious and rewarding life of all is to live WITH Christ!
But in order to do that, one must FIRST come to Christ in SURRENDER, then beg
His forgiveness, and let Him be LORD, MASTER, KING of who you are!
Christians - that's a DAILY way of life!
((((PRAYER)))) Please be very still! Someone may be struggling with
the greatest and most important decision of their lives!!
INVITATION: Let me restate the principle again:
Unless you live WITH Christ, you cannot live FOR Christ!
TEXT ---Col. 3:1-4 - says:
"If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth. 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."
Are YOU living FOR Christ? The answer lies in whether you are living WITH
If you died tonight, do you know for certain that you would go to be with
If you've never surrendered to Jesus - come now.
If you are a Christian and the distractions of life have taken too much
priority in you, come to Jesus, beg forgiveness today. RENEW your commitment to
If God has placed upon your heart any other decision - come