Died & Raised with Christ!
Colossians 2: 20-3: 4
I. The Colossians' practices
were a denial of Jesus Christ's Leadership [2: 16-19
upon ritual, a retreat into the old age.
to angelic powers, a departure from Jesus Christ. [2: 18-19
II.. The Colossians' practices as a contradiction
of their corporate life in Christ.
[2: 20-3: 4
we all a little hypocritical? Say one thing, do another?
not much different than the Judaising teachers (Pharisees)!
III. Death with Christ.
IV. Raised with Him.
V. God is our reconciler.
I. Death with Christ.
principles = forms, shadows, & ceremonial
ordinances/regulations of Judaism.
in the world" = Christian life-style is different.
1. Value-judgements of the world is rejected = NO values in
2. Returning to the ceremonies of Judaism = going backwards!
exhorts the Colossians to leave off the Jewish ordinances
1. Faith only advocates believe this to be Christian ordinances!?
Fish Friday anyone?
2. Paul states what the ordinances are.
3. Magna Carta of Christian rel:
[Mt 15: 9
"In vain do they worship Me, teaching as their doctrine the precepts
4. Col.'s were very much like the Pharisees.
5. We're NOT sure of what traditions Paul is refering to.
6. Such false worship = worshipping in vain.
7. Things that will perish anyhow! Why worry about them?
a. That's why we need to focus on 3: 1-4
b. They focus our attention on what's really important.
wisdom = NO value.
1. Will-worship = please the worshiper, but NOT commanded by
2. False humility = Approaching through some angel/human mediator/
some deceased saint = spiritual arrogance that only mocks God!
a. Apostle John fell & worshipped an angel.
[Rev 19: 10; 22: 8-9
b. St John Chrysostom (345-407): "That we must be brought near
by angels, & not by Christ, for that were too high a thing for us."
c. "Since the Law had been given through the ministration of
angels, it was held that angels might be worshiped,
with the same subtle distinction with which we're
familiar in the
ordinary pleas for the veneration of saint."
[Coffman, p. 365]
d. Angels > Mother Mary > candles for the deceased > what?
character of the old age/era to be put off.
illustration of Baptism!
[Rom 6: 1-7]
II. Raised with Christ = emphatically; Mediator/Prophet/Priest/King.
Baptism = past dies & rises up as a Christian!
[1; 2: 22
1. Greeks: buriel = hidden in the earth.
2. Christians: baptism = hidden in Christ!
3. Christians can say that we have "died in Christ"
[Rom 7: 4-6
because we have died to the law.
4. Change of will, NOT change of temptation!
= most careful & persistent pursuit of the goal indicated. [Coffman]
of higher importance/exalted principles/spiritual NOT carnal!
1. "& if Christ isn't risen, our faith is futile;
you're still in your sins"
[1 Cor 15: 17
2. Reverting to the ceremonial regulations of Judaism = sin![Gal
with Jesus Christ.
1. The character of the new age/era to be put on.
Christ = our life.
[4; Gal 2: 20
(Greek) = Phaneroo.
1. 2nd Advent of Jesus Christ; dead shall be raised, general
2. [2 Th 2: 8; 2 Cor 5: 10; 1 Tim 6: 14; 2 Tim 4: 1, 8; 1 Pet
1 Jn 2: 28; 3: 2]
Christ; Lord of every power & authority.
Christ; Source of the Christians new life.
1. Circumcision of the heart.
[2: 13; Rom 2: 28-9
2. Profound changes in lifestyle.
III. God is our reconciler
of ALL things.
1. Bible is THE ONLY book about the relationship between man
2. Man must chose to obey & be reconciled to G.
of the Colossians.
1. Once saved always saved?
2. No way!
I. Colossian's doctrinal & practical
in you the hope of glory.
of Jesus Christ's sufferings.
of the Christian mystery.
[1 : 25-27
of the saints.
Him brought to perfection.
life is hid with Him in God.
1. Safe & sound from all harm!
2. Safe in the knowledge of life with Jesus Christ into eternity.
I. We invite you to come forward today to
die to your old self & rise up to a
new man thanks to the
Great Reconciler = Jesus Christ.
II. It won't be easy; you'll have to share
in the sufferings of Jesus Christ,
you'll have to proclaim
the Christian mystery, & you'll have to instruct
fellow-saints as well as those lost in the heathen world.
III. Heathen may be too harsh a term, but
I'd rather have you feel discomfort
than have anyone, including my worst enemy, go into an
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