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    2308 N Main St, Anderson, SC 29621, United States
    Sunday 10:00 AM
1. So Then

Some translations begin verse 6 with the word, THEREFORE.
In order to fully understand this passage of scripture, we need to get the context of it from the preceding verses.
2. The Colossian Heresy

Clearly there is a teaching going on around and inside the church of Colossae that Paul is rebuking and rebutting.
Most believe, along with myself, that the main Jewish heresy that Paul is addressing in this chapter is that of Gnosticism.

GNOSTIC BELIEFS

Spirit and matter are antithetical to one another (Spirit
good—Matter evil)
o No direct contact between a supreme God, and a created
universe was possible

Knowledge is superior to faith
o Only certain people were gifted with this higher knowledge

Asceticism
o SEVERE self-discipline, denial of physical and psychological
desires in order to obtain spiritual maturity

It is from this perspective, that Paul, empowered by the Holy Spirit, gives the church at Colossae, and us today PROFOUND truth’s about:
· Who Jesus is
· Who we once were
· What Jesus’ work has done
3. Hollow and Deceptive Philosophy

I’m not sure that there is a greater plea to the present church than this one.
Too many are being lured away by hollow, deceptive teaching.

· What sounds good
· What looks good
· What allows me to go home comfortable in my rebellion against my creator
Paul’s antidote for false teaching is SIMPLE

· ROOT YOURSELF IN CHRIST!
· Root yourself in God’s word!
Paul’s argument is simple…

· KNOW THE WORD
· STAND ON THE WORD
· REFUTE FALSE TEACHING BY. THE. WORD.
4. WHO IS JESUS?

I pray that we are sensitive to the reason Paul words verse 9 the way that he does.

· Directly attacking gnostic belief (Matter evil, Spirit good)
What does this belief do?

· It DESTROYS the Gospel!
o If matter and Spirit CANNOT coexist, then the very foundation of the Gospel crumbles!
IF Jesus is not God in flesh, then there is NO salvation for ANYONE!
JESUS is the HEAD over EVERY POWER AND AUTHORITY!

· Attacks the authority of the “spiritually enlightened” Gnostics
· JESUS is the ultimate authority over ALL THINGS
5. WHO WE ONCE WERE

Verse 13 is the guide post for this section of scripture

· All the elements of verses 11-12 are because of verse 13
o Circumcised spiritually by Christ
o Our whole self was put off, Christ was put on
o Buried with HIM in baptism
o Raised with Him through FAITH
WHY?

· Why do the things in verse 11 and 12 have to happen?
WE WERE DEAD…

· I pray you understand the GRAVITY of this truth!
· You were DEAD in you sin
o No hope for salvation
o No ability to reason toward God
Do you see what Paul is doing here?

· Remember, Gnostic belief- we can reason toward God (Special Knowledge=spiritual maturity)
o Paul says NO!
o How does a dead man reason toward God?
o How does a dead man do ANYTHING
6. WHAT JESUS’ WORK HAS DONE

Our Deadness comes with a penalty

· Paul is clear in verse 14 that EVERY ONE of us has a charge filed against us.
· Sallie Mae Illustration
o All of us are bankrupt… We literally are DEAD
o NO amount of good works, of knowledge, of reason, of empathy, no good things, no spiritual conversations, NOTHING we do can discharge this debt.
Just as verse 10 tells us that JESUS has brought us to fullness. JESUS had to bring us from death to life.

· ONLY the work of the GOD MAN can have saving power for a doomed race.
· Jesus’ work CANCELLED the debt that we could not even ponder to repay.
*Notice with me today when Paul says your debt was cancelled*

· ON. THE. CROSS.
o Past, Present, and FUTURE sins have been ERASED
Jesus, the spotless lamb, God in Flesh is:

· The creator of all things
· The RULER of all things
· The SAVIOR of all who believe
INVITATION

Believer:
· You have been redeemed through the blood of Jesus
· WE have been given TRUTH. – God’s word is TRUTH
o USE IT
o STAND FOR IT
o COMBAT FALSE TEACHING
· REST in Christ’s salvific work!
Non-Believer
· God’s word is clear, your sins were accounted for on the cross at Calvary
· God brings the DEAD to life
o I pray He is working on your heart and that today, He would bring salvation to your soul!