There is something just as grievous as a carnal lifestyle
Ö a carnal way of believing and serving our Lord.
When we Ö
Limit the fullness of Jesus as deity in bodily form.
Create man-made commandments.
Ö We minimize Him and maximize us (man).
All About Jesus Christ
Being filled with the knowledge of His will Ö all to
Godís glory. 1:9-12
So we can walk in a manner worthy of the Lord.
So we can please Him in all respects.
So we can bear fruit in every good work.
So we can increase in the knowledge of God.
Because He rescued and transferred us from the domain of
darkness to His kingdom. 1:13-29
In Christ we have redemption: the forgiveness of sins. v.
He has all preeminence: All things created by/for Him of
which/whom He is over. v.
Through His preeminence He reconciled all (believing)
sinners to Him. v.
Paulís reasons for proclaiming (preach, evangelize) HIM. v.
To be filled with the afflictions Christ did not endure.
To Preach the mystery of Christ to make known the riches
found in Him.
To admonish and teach every man to present him complete in
Not About Man
Note the carnal extremes:
Those who minimize Christ. Vss.
8-15 (cp. 1
Tim. 6:20; 2 Cor. 10:5)
Those who maximize self-made laws of righteousness. v.
Either extreme jeopardizes our stand in Christ.
Bottom line: grow in Christ by putting on the new man.
Seeking things above because that is where we live. Cp. Phil.
Consider our (fleshly) members as dead. v.
5-9 (cp. Rom.
This new man grows into everything Christ represents:
the righteousness of God. v.
Let the peace of Christ rule your hearts. v.
Let Godís word richly dwell in you: teaching and
admonishing one another. v.
you do (cp. 1
Cor. 10:31) do all in the name of the Lord Ö giving (Him)
to God in the church by Christ Jesus
Church of Christ