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http://www.streamsofpowerministries.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Colossians-2-16-23-lesson-9-b-3.pdf History The second part of his prayer is in verses 12 to 14, we'll look at that at a later time, and that's the ... that's the response, that's the praise part of his prayer. First he petitions and then he praises, giving thanks, verse 12 says, unto the Father. And off he goes into the praise. But for tonight we'll look just at the petition part of and see what Paul is asking for. He has heard from Epaphras, who was the minister at Colossae, Epaphras has come to Rome where Paul is a prisoner. He has given him a wonderful report of the Colossian Christians. And even though he has told about an imminent danger from heresy, still the believers are progressing well. And you remember in verses 4 through 8, Paul thanks God because he's heard of their faith and the love they have and the hope, and all of the wonderful things about those believers, Paul mentions. Now, I want youto notice something very interesting. Verse 9 begins: "For this cause, we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you." You know what's interesting to me about that? Paul says ‑ Since I heard that you're doing so well I have not ceased to pray for you. First Thessalonians says, "Pray without ceasing." What does that mean? Let me give you a simple definition. Basically what it means is simply to be God‑conscious and see everything in reference to Him. Unceasing prayer is communion with God ... unceasing communion with God. It isn't necessarily to stop and formally go into an act or a posture of prayer but it's to always be conscious of everything in relation to God. It's to see something happen and relate it to God. It's to hear about something and relate it to God. It's to watch something and relate it to God. It's to meet a person and immediately consider how he's related to God. It's to consider everything with God‑consciousness. It's a life‑dominating‑God consciousness. Sometimes people will say to me ‑ John, what's your prayerlife like? How do you handle your prayer life? And I always say ‑ Well, I don't have a specific time, necessarily, I...I spend time in prayer every day on my own. I spend time in prayer every day with the staff. I spend time in prayer every day with my children at home. But basically, my prayer life is just like breathing to me, I mean, I... I go through my whole day that way. Somebody calls up on the telephone and says ‑ Can I talk to John? And I pick the phone up Hello. And they say it's such and such and I immediately think - Well, you know, all right, Lord, you see this problem, I just want to ask You to take care of it. It just comes into my mind immediately or a decision comes along ‑ What are we going to do? Immediately I think ‑ Lord, what is Your will? It's that constant openness to a God‑conscious attitude that is praying without ceasing so that all your thoughts kind of go out the top of your head toward heaven. That's praying without ceasing. But it also, I think, has a second aspect. Praying without ceasing is being God‑conscious but it is also being people‑conscious, it is seeing them in relation to Him. It is praying for all saints. And Paul would look at the Colossians and his heart would go out to them and he would... his heart would gather them up and carry them to heaven and place them in the presence of God. I think about many of you in this congregation, some of you that wouldn't even imagine or wouldn't even know, but the Lord puts you on my heart. And the way I think about you is simply this ‑ So‑and‑so has this problem ‑ and immediately it just goes right straight up Lord, this is Yours to deal with. And so, praying without ceasing means you're people‑conscious and God‑conscious and the two come together. And here's the Apostle Paul, God dominates his thoughts and the love of the people dominates his thoughts and the two come together in his prayer life. And so, the Apostle Paul most naturally prays for everybody. He prays unceasingly for everybody because his thoughts are so dominated by the consciousness of God andthe consciousness of the people that he serves and loves. The Gnostics (group of religious people who thought they knew everything about God, life and eternity) were condescending on the Colossians about the essence of true spirituality. They tried to push the Colossians to their understanding of true spirituality through philisophical, mystical, legalistic and ascetic ideas. In verses 3-8, Paul wanted the Colossians to know that their salvation was complete through faith in Christ alone, and that they didn't have to believe, experience or do anything else to obtain it. Now, in verses 9-14, Paul is prompted to pray for their sanctification, a work dedicated for the third person of the trinity - The Holy Spirit. Hence he gets the name - HOLY Spirit, because his primary role within the role of redemption is to make the Christian Holy. And in verses 9-14 Paul gives us the essence of True Spirituality. And you are going to see that True Spirituality is not rooted in Philosophical, Mystical, Legalistic or Ascetic man-made systems. But the ultimate system of True Spirituality is when a God can put his nature within a man, give him a desire in his heart to want to live a life that is congruent to that nature, and a book to study propositionally to guide that nature into a life that is morally pleasing to him as it reflects the character of Christ-likeness. And thus, that is the biblical system of True Spirituality. And Paul wanted the Colossians to know that True Spirituality is not trying to figure out what is the best man-originated philisophical system to believe in, in order to live my life around, such as - Legalism which is a form of self-judgment in order to please God; or Asceticism which is a form of self-abasement in order to please God; or Mysticism which is a form of self-experience in order to please God. However, True Spirituality is simply living a controlled life that is influenced by the Spirit of God through the Word of God in all of the Strength of God with Joy of God to produce the Character of God . God's system of Spirituality is Godliness ( A God-given desire to please God ) --> Holiness ( The Holy Spirit's guidance within us to please God ) --> Morality ( Our personal Spirit-lead p ursuit to please God ) --> and Christlikeness ( Our goal of pleasing God ) History Colossians - The theme of this book has been called many names: - The Lordship of Jesus Christ - Christ, the Head of the body - The Preeminence of Christ - The Lordship of Christ All these themes have in common - Christ The reason why Paul wrote this letter was to come against a heretical group called the - Gnostics, from which we get our word knowledge. They were called Gnostics because they thought they were an elite group who possessed the ultimate knowledge to God, his creation, creation's problem and it's destiny. They tried to condescend on the Christian faith by telling them their Faith in Christ alone was not complete for salvation and spiritual life. 1. They were telling them that one must follow ceremonies, rituals and restrictions in order to be saved or perfected. But Paul said that These were only shadows that ended whe Christ came. He is all you need to be saved. 2. The Gnostics taught that Spirit is good, but matter is evil. But Paul said that God created the heaven and earth for his glory. 3. They taught that one must deny the body and live in strict asceticism. But Paul said that Asceticism is no help in conquering evil thoughts and desires, instead, it leads to pride. 4. They taught that Angels must be worshipped. But Paul taught that Angels are not to be worshipped and that Christ alone is worthy of our worship. 5. They taught that Christ could not be both human and divine. But Paul taught that Christ is God in the flesh; he is the eternal one, head of the body, first in everything, he is supreme. 6. They taught that One must obtain "secret knowledge" in order to be saved or perfected - and this was not available to everyone. But Paul taught that God's secret is Christ, and he has been revealed to all. 7. They taught that one must adhere to human wisdom, tradition, and philosophies. But Paul taught that By themselves, these can be misleading and shallow because they have human origen; instead, we should remember what Christ taught and follow his words as ultimate authority. 8. They taught that it is better to combine aspects of several religions. But Paul taught that You have everything when you have Christ, he is all-sufficient. 9. They taught that there is nothing wrong with immorality. But Paul taught that you should get rid of sin and evil because you have been chosen by God to live a new life as a representative of the Lord Jesus. So I want to focus on one of the areas that the Gnostics tried to dog the Colossian church into thinking that their idea of Spiritual life was far too simplistic. They would say in essence - you mean to tell me that all you need for salvation is Faith in Jesus Christ alone? And now you're saying that all one needs for sanctification that leads to spiritual life is to Follow Jesus Christ alone? And that is the stance of Christianity. When a God can put his spirit within you and give you a nature to want to follow him , and book to guide that nature to where he wants it to go - Then you will have the ultimate system of Spirituality. And in verses 9-14, Paul prays for the Colossian church, now that they have been saved, that they may experience a life of True Spirituality. So in this passage, we're going to see about four elements that are essential to True Spirituality. Paul prays that all of the areas of life for the Christians at Colassae, now that they have been saved, be filled with the knowledge, wisdom and understanding of God's will. And this is what is called - Righteousness. And thus, number one: I. True Spirituality is Righteousness A. vs. 9a - that you may be filled ... - There is a difference between knowing the will of God and being controlled by the will of God. One can know all of the facts of scripture, yet not have any of their life dominated by those facts. - Filled means to be dominated or controlled by something to the point that there is no room for anything else to fit. It is like a glass of milk being filled to the top where there is no more room for anything else to fit in it. - Examples: John 16:6; Luke 5:26 B. vs. 9b - with the knowledge ... - Knowledge (epi-gnosis) - means full and final knowledge. God wants our lives to be filled, controlled and dominated, watch this - not by emotionalism, but by knowledge. 1Cor. 1:5 Col. 2:3 Philippians 1:9 Philemon 1:6 - Paul wanted the Philippians to know who they were in Christ. And in order to do that, they had to get that knowledge. - What does Hosea said in chapter 4 verse 6 say?: "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." - In fact your life cannot be transformed without knowledge - Romans 12:2 - And Proverbs 1:7 says - The fear of the Lord, is the beginning of knowledge. - Listen, you cannot have True Spirituality without Knowledge. - And thus, epi-gnosis (full and final knowledge) is to be filled with the knowledge. Knowledge of what - you say, watch this: the knowledge C. vs. 9c - of his will... - And that is the Essence of a True Spiritural Life - to be filled with the knowledge of his will. To know the will of God factually and to experience the will of God practically is True Spirituality. - So you see - The height of the christian experience is not philosophy, mysticism, legalism or asceticism. But the height of the christian experience is Knowing and Doing the Will of God. - So that begs the question of What is the will of God right? Well you got to know that it is not hidden or lost as some may think. God's will is revealed in his word. His word teaches that it is God's will that we are: 1. Saved - 2Peter 3:9 2. Spirit-filled - Eph. 5:17 3. Sanctified - 1Thess. 4:3 4. Submissive - 1Peter 2:13 5. Suffering - 1Peter 4 6. to be Saying Thanks in all things - 1Thess. 5:18 - And when you know the the will of God and have your life dominated by the will of God, you have what is called - D. vs.9 - spiritual wisdom and spiritual understanding. And not only that, it is all of the spiritual wisdom and all of the spiritual understanding that you need to know about God, yourself, your purpose, and your destiny. - In other words, you don't need a 21rst century Gnostic telling you that Jesus and the Bible is not enough to know God. If you really want to be on the varsity, you have to believe in these extra philisophical ideas, you have engage in these extra mystical experiences, you have to follow these extra legalistic and ascetic codes. - Here me now, Don't be dogged or duped by these man-made ideas. - What God has revealed in his word to us about our origin, our purpose is and where we are headed is full and final. And we are to let that be our philosophy, let that be our knowledge, let that be our wisdom and let that be our understanding about everything. Lead into second point - And when your mind is filled, controlled and dominated by what God requires, your behavior becomes filled, controlled and dominated by what God requires. Listen, Mind-control leads to self-control. And when your life is filled with the knowledge of God's will, you will: E. vs.10 - walk in a manner that is worthy of the Lord. Thus number two: II. True Spirituality is Obedience What is your walk? The greek word here is peripateo. It is where we get our word Peripatetic. It means to walk around from place to place by foot. The greek philosopher Aristotle was called a peripatetic teacher, because he taught his students while walking around the environment. And thus, your walk is your everyday pitter-patter through life. - And Paul says - I want your walk - That is, how you treat yourself, spouse, children, friends, co-workers, leaders, environment. I want all these things to be done in a manner that is worthy of the Lord . How you handle your money, how you speak to one another, how you take care of yourself, all should be done in a manner that is fully pleasing pleasing to him . - You are to bear the fruit of what pleases God in every good work. Lets stop right here for a minute. He said bearing fruit in every good work. That means don't try to bear good fruit in bad work. It really bothers me everytime I see musical or entertainment artist at their award ceremonies giving glory to God for the work that they do. Listen - you don't glorify god in bad work. You don't glorify God within the context of violent, sexual and profanity entertainment. He doesn't want to be glorified in filth like that. He doesn't want to be glorified in things that he prohibits. That's nonsense! He wants to be glorified in good and godly works. - And the more fruit we bear shows an increasing knowledge of God. That is, how you speak to your spouse should show that you know the Lord, how you raise your children should show that you know the Lord, how you treat your boss should show that you know the Lord. - Thus, True Spirituality is Righteousness and Obedience. And number three: III. True Spirituality is Strength vs. 11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience... - True Spirituality is measured by - How well we are able to stand on the will of God with endurance and patience using all of the strength that he has given us when our life is tested. - I will say this and move on: If your faith can't hold when you receive the pink slip, that is not True Spirituality. If your faith cannot hold when the doctor gives you that bad news, that is not True Spirituality. If you cannot Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, can I tell you, as James said, you have a faith that is dead and it does not work. You may have religion, but you do not have True Spirituality. - But you when you can be strong in the Lord and in all of his might . When you can Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil, and not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. When you can take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm...having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. When you can In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of Go d. If you can hold fast to these things when your faith is tested, you have True Spirituality. So we have that True Spirituality is Righteousness, Obedience and Strength. And Lasty, vs 11 and 12: IV. True Spirituality is Joy and Thanksgiving, vs. 11 - We are to be a joyous and thankful people - I told you last week that there is difference from being happy and having joy. Happiness only comes when good things are happening to you. But when those good things are no longer happening to you, you are no longer happy. So we see that happiness is rooted in things that are probable, things that change, things that are not permanent. - But Joy on the other hand is rooted, get this, not in something that is happening to you, but in something that has happened to you permanently . - Look at your past perfect tense verbs. Past perfect verbs are events that have been completed in the past and are unchangable and thus are permanent. vs. 12-13 - He says giving thanks to the Father who has: - qualified us - that is, he has given us eternal life and a seat in heaven because: 1. he has delivered us - that is, he has set us free from the clutches of Satan who hated us. 3. he has transferred us - that is, he has transferred us to Christ who loves us. 4. he has redeemed us - that is, he has bought me off the market and I am no longer for sale. - You have been qualifed amongst the saints to be delivered from the clutch of satan, transferred into the care of Christ, and redeemed from the condemnation of God forever. - And when you are reminded of that, it should bring you joy. And the Joy of the Lord is our Strength. - Ya see when we pray for peoples strength, we should be praying for their joy. And when we are praying for their joy, it should be asking the Lord to remind them that they have been qualified amongst the saints to be delivered, transferred and redeemed by the blood of the lamb and brought into his kingdom forever and ever and ever. Amen. Conclusion: So you see True Spirituality is not Mysticism, But True Spirituality is Righteousness, Strength and Joy based on what God has done for us. 4. True Spirituality is measured by - How well we are able to maintain joy in the midst of our life's circumstances because we have not forgotten what God has done for us. - vs. 11b-12 ( joy - thankful for being qualifed amongst the saints to have been delivered from the clutch of satan, transferred into the care of Christ, and redeemed from the condemnation of God. ) True Spirituality is Righteousness, Strength and Joy based on what God had already done for them back in verses 3-8. True spirituality is about a walk that matches or balances out based on what God requires in his word, not some new extra experience. True Spirituality is not trying to figure out what is the best system (philosophy) to believe in, in order to live my life around; or determining the best formulaic patterns of behavior (asceticism) to follow in order to accomplish, achieve, or obtain something; or having out-of-body experiences (mysticism) to attain some higer-level of knowledge outside of God's word of which no one else can seem to grasp. However, True Spirituality is simply living a controlled life that is bearing the fruit and works of which God requires from his word, according to the joyous strength and power that he works within us, which begun the day that he demonstrated his gracious works to and in us. That is, when he saved us. Title: The Essence of True Spiritual Life Text: Colossians 1:9-14 Topic: Spiritual Life Theme: A Christian with true spiritual life simply does what God requires with joy, even when cirumstances are bad, because he understands what God has eternally done for him. Outline: I. True spirituality is bringing your entire life under the influence of God's will. (9) That is, how you treat yourself, spouse, children, friends, co-workers, leaders, environment. All of your life is to be influenced by the will of God. And this is what he calls in verse 9 "all spiritual wisdom and understanding." You are to be a spiritual sophia of your entire life. You are to study scripture in such a way to find out God's philosophy or ideas about how your life is to be lived. There is no area of life that outside of the auspices or care of God. If he created it all, then he has a purpose for it all. You want wisdom in your life? The Beginning of Wisdom is the fear of God. Now what is the effect of pursuing all of this knowledge, wisdom and understanding? In verse 10, he tells us where this knowledge, wisdom and understanding should work itself into. So as to walk in a manner that is worthy of the Lord. And he explains what he means. He says that a manner that is worthy of the Lord is a manner that is fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work. That is, it is a manner that is ever increasing in the knowledge of God. Thus we see that True Spirituality is a walk of Righteousness and Obedience. It is not, philosophy, mysticism or legalism. It is your everyday pitter patter through life shows itself in pleasing the lord and bearing the fruit that God requires. It is how you handle your own body, talk to your spouse, raise your children, choose your friends, behave on your job, treat your leaders, treat your enviroment, your government, etc., etc., etc. Don't let anyone tell you that you have to believe in some man-made system or have some mystical out of body experience to have true spirituality or be on the varsity. No, if your walk does not match your talk (and you can have all the outward acouderments of spirituality), but if your walk does not matchup with your talk (a walk that is pleasing to God, a walk that is bearing fruit, a walk that shows that you know God), then you are Not living a life of True Spirituality. A. A Christian with true spiritual life gains spiritual wisdom of God's will. B. A Christian with true spiritual life has an understanding of God's will. C. A Christian with true spiritual life lives in a manner worthy of the Lord . 1. The life of a Christian with true spirituality pleases the Lord . 2. The life of a Christian with true spirituality bears fruit in every area of life. 3. The life of a Christian with true spirituality always seeks to increase in the knowledge of God . II. True spirituality is being strengthened with power and joy to perform his will. (11a) A. A Christian with true spirituality seeks to be strengthened with power by using every tool that God puts at their disposal. B. A Christian with true spirituality endures all circumstances with patience . C. A Christian with true spirituality endures all circumstances with joy . D. A Christian with true spirituality endures all circumstances with thanksgiving . III. God requires that all Christians to be motivated by the great truths of his will. (11b-14) A. A true spiritual Christian never forgets that they have been qualified o share in the inheritance of the saints in light. B. A true spiritual Christian never forgets that they have been delivered from the domain of darkness. C. A true spiritual Christian never forgets that they have been transferred to the kingdom of Christ. D. A true spiritual Christian never forgets that they have been redeemed and their sins forgiven.
10000000066794 66794 Notes 2011-02-01 22:45:41 2011-11-07 07:23:48 http://www.streamsofpowerministries.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/Colossians-2-16-23-lesson-9-b-3.pdf History The second part of his prayer is in verses 12 to 14, we'll look at that at a later time, and that's the ... that's the response, that's the praise part of his prayer. First he petitions and then he praises, giving thanks, verse 12 says, unto the Father. And off he goes into the praise. But for tonight we'll look just at the petition part of and see what Paul is asking for. He has heard from Epaphras, who was the minister at Colossae, Epaphras has come to Rome where Paul is a prisoner. He has given him a wonderful report of the Colossian Christians. And even though he has told about an imminent danger from heresy, still the believers are progressing well. And you remember in verses 4 through 8, Paul thanks God because he's heard of their faith and the love they have and the hope, and all of the wonderful things about those believers, Paul mentions. Now, I want youto notice something very interesting. Verse 9 begins: "For this cause, we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you." You know what's interesting to me about that? Paul says ‑ Since I heard that you're doing so well I have not ceased to pray for you. First Thessalonians says, "Pray without ceasing." What does that mean? Let me give you a simple definition. Basically what it means is simply to be God‑conscious and see everything in reference to Him. Unceasing prayer is communion with God ... unceasing communion with God. It isn't necessarily to stop and formally go into an act or a posture of prayer but it's to always be conscious of everything in relation to God. It's to see something happen and relate it to God. It's to hear about something and relate it to God. It's to watch something and relate it to God. It's to meet a person and immediately consider how he's related to God. It's to consider everything with God‑consciousness. It's a life‑dominating‑God consciousness. Sometimes people will say to me ‑ John, what's your prayerlife like? How do you handle your prayer life? And I always say ‑ Well, I don't have a specific time, necessarily, I...I spend time in prayer every day on my own. I spend time in prayer every day with the staff. I spend time in prayer every day with my children at home. But basically, my prayer life is just like breathing to me, I mean, I... I go through my whole day that way. Somebody calls up on the telephone and says ‑ Can I talk to John? And I pick the phone up Hello. And they say it's such and such and I immediately think - Well, you know, all right, Lord, you see this problem, I just want to ask You to take care of it. It just comes into my mind immediately or a decision comes along ‑ What are we going to do? Immediately I think ‑ Lord, what is Your will? It's that constant openness to a God‑conscious attitude that is praying without ceasing so that all your thoughts kind of go out the top of your head toward heaven. That's praying without ceasing. But it also, I think, has a second aspect. Praying without ceasing is being God‑conscious but it is also being people‑conscious, it is seeing them in relation to Him. It is praying for all saints. And Paul would look at the Colossians and his heart would go out to them and he would... his heart would gather them up and carry them to heaven and place them in the presence of God. I think about many of you in this congregation, some of you that wouldn't even imagine or wouldn't even know, but the Lord puts you on my heart. And the way I think about you is simply this ‑ So‑and‑so has this problem ‑ and immediately it just goes right straight up Lord, this is Yours to deal with. And so, praying without ceasing means you're people‑conscious and God‑conscious and the two come together. And here's the Apostle Paul, God dominates his thoughts and the love of the people dominates his thoughts and the two come together in his prayer life. And so, the Apostle Paul most naturally prays for everybody. He prays unceasingly for everybody because his thoughts are so dominated by the consciousness of God andthe consciousness of the people that he serves and loves. The Gnostics (group of religious people who thought they knew everything about God, life and eternity) were condescending on the Colossians about the essence of true spirituality. They tried to push the Colossians to their understanding of true spirituality through philisophical, mystical, legalistic and ascetic ideas. In verses 3-8, Paul wanted the Colossians to know that their salvation was complete through faith in Christ alone, and that they didn't have to believe, experience or do anything else to obtain it. Now, in verses 9-14, Paul is prompted to pray for their sanctification, a work dedicated for the third person of the trinity - The Holy Spirit. Hence he gets the name - HOLY Spirit, because his primary role within the role of redemption is to make the Christian Holy. And in verses 9-14 Paul gives us the essence of True Spirituality. And you are going to see that True Spirituality is not rooted in Philosophical, Mystical, Legalistic or Ascetic man-made systems. But the ultimate system of True Spirituality is when a God can put his nature within a man, give him a desire in his heart to want to live a life that is congruent to that nature, and a book to study propositionally to guide that nature into a life that is morally pleasing to him as it reflects the character of Christ-likeness. And thus, that is the biblical system of True Spirituality. And Paul wanted the Colossians to know that True Spirituality is not trying to figure out what is the best man-originated philisophical system to believe in, in order to live my life around, such as - Legalism which is a form of self-judgment in order to please God; or Asceticism which is a form of self-abasement in order to please God; or Mysticism which is a form of self-experience in order to please God. However, True Spirituality is simply living a controlled life that is influenced by the Spirit of God through the Word of God in all of the Strength of God with Joy of God to produce the Character of God . God's system of Spirituality is Godliness ( A God-given desire to please God ) --> Holiness ( The Holy Spirit's guidance within us to please God ) --> Morality ( Our personal Spirit-lead p ursuit to please God ) --> and Christlikeness ( Our goal of pleasing God ) History Colossians - The theme of this book has been called many names: - The Lordship of Jesus Christ - Christ, the Head of the body - The Preeminence of Christ - The Lordship of Christ All these themes have in common - Christ The reason why Paul wrote this letter was to come against a heretical group called the - Gnostics, from which we get our word knowledge. They were called Gnostics because they thought they were an elite group who possessed the ultimate knowledge to God, his creation, creation's problem and it's destiny. They tried to condescend on the Christian faith by telling them their Faith in Christ alone was not complete for salvation and spiritual life. 1. They were telling them that one must follow ceremonies, rituals and restrictions in order to be saved or perfected. But Paul said that These were only shadows that ended whe Christ came. He is all you need to be saved. 2. The Gnostics taught that Spirit is good, but matter is evil. But Paul said that God created the heaven and earth for his glory. 3. They taught that one must deny the body and live in strict asceticism. But Paul said that Asceticism is no help in conquering evil thoughts and desires, instead, it leads to pride. 4. They taught that Angels must be worshipped. But Paul taught that Angels are not to be worshipped and that Christ alone is worthy of our worship. 5. They taught that Christ could not be both human and divine. But Paul taught that Christ is God in the flesh; he is the eternal one, head of the body, first in everything, he is supreme. 6. They taught that One must obtain "secret knowledge" in order to be saved or perfected - and this was not available to everyone. But Paul taught that God's secret is Christ, and he has been revealed to all. 7. They taught that one must adhere to human wisdom, tradition, and philosophies. But Paul taught that By themselves, these can be misleading and shallow because they have human origen; instead, we should remember what Christ taught and follow his words as ultimate authority. 8. They taught that it is better to combine aspects of several religions. But Paul taught that You have everything when you have Christ, he is all-sufficient. 9. They taught that there is nothing wrong with immorality. But Paul taught that you should get rid of sin and evil because you have been chosen by God to live a new life as a representative of the Lord Jesus. So I want to focus on one of the areas that the Gnostics tried to dog the Colossian church into thinking that their idea of Spiritual life was far too simplistic. They would say in essence - you mean to tell me that all you need for salvation is Faith in Jesus Christ alone? And now you're saying that all one needs for sanctification that leads to spiritual life is to Follow Jesus Christ alone? And that is the stance of Christianity. When a God can put his spirit within you and give you a nature to want to follow him , and book to guide that nature to where he wants it to go - Then you will have the ultimate system of Spirituality. And in verses 9-14, Paul prays for the Colossian church, now that they have been saved, that they may experience a life of True Spirituality. So in this passage, we're going to see about four elements that are essential to True Spirituality. Paul prays that all of the areas of life for the Christians at Colassae, now that they have been saved, be filled with the knowledge, wisdom and understanding of God's will. And this is what is called - Righteousness. And thus, number one: I. True Spirituality is Righteousness A. vs. 9a - that you may be filled ... - There is a difference between knowing the will of God and being controlled by the will of God. One can know all of the facts of scripture, yet not have any of their life dominated by those facts. - Filled means to be dominated or controlled by something to the point that there is no room for anything else to fit. It is like a glass of milk being filled to the top where there is no more room for anything else to fit in it. - Examples: John 16:6; Luke 5:26 B. vs. 9b - with the knowledge ... - Knowledge (epi-gnosis) - means full and final knowledge. God wants our lives to be filled, controlled and dominated, watch this - not by emotionalism, but by knowledge. 1Cor. 1:5 Col. 2:3 Philippians 1:9 Philemon 1:6 - Paul wanted the Philippians to know who they were in Christ. And in order to do that, they had to get that knowledge. - What does Hosea said in chapter 4 verse 6 say?: "My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge." - In fact your life cannot be transformed without knowledge - Romans 12:2 - And Proverbs 1:7 says - The fear of the Lord, is the beginning of knowledge. - Listen, you cannot have True Spirituality without Knowledge. - And thus, epi-gnosis (full and final knowledge) is to be filled with the knowledge. Knowledge of what - you say, watch this: the knowledge C. vs. 9c - of his will... - And that is the Essence of a True Spiritural Life - to be filled with the knowledge of his will. To know the will of God factually and to experience the will of God practically is True Spirituality. - So you see - The height of the christian experience is not philosophy, mysticism, legalism or asceticism. But the height of the christian experience is Knowing and Doing the Will of God. - So that begs the question of What is the will of God right? Well you got to know that it is not hidden or lost as some may think. God's will is revealed in his word. His word teaches that it is God's will that we are: 1. Saved - 2Peter 3:9 2. Spirit-filled - Eph. 5:17 3. Sanctified - 1Thess. 4:3 4. Submissive - 1Peter 2:13 5. Suffering - 1Peter 4 6. to be Saying Thanks in all things - 1Thess. 5:18 - And when you know the the will of God and have your life dominated by the will of God, you have what is called - D. vs.9 - spiritual wisdom and spiritual understanding. And not only that, it is all of the spiritual wisdom and all of the spiritual understanding that you need to know about God, yourself, your purpose, and your destiny. - In other words, you don't need a 21rst century Gnostic telling you that Jesus and the Bible is not enough to know God. If you really want to be on the varsity, you have to believe in these extra philisophical ideas, you have engage in these extra mystical experiences, you have to follow these extra legalistic and ascetic codes. - Here me now, Don't be dogged or duped by these man-made ideas. - What God has revealed in his word to us about our origin, our purpose is and where we are headed is full and final. And we are to let that be our philosophy, let that be our knowledge, let that be our wisdom and let that be our understanding about everything. Lead into second point - And when your mind is filled, controlled and dominated by what God requires, your behavior becomes filled, controlled and dominated by what God requires. Listen, Mind-control leads to self-control. And when your life is filled with the knowledge of God's will, you will: E. vs.10 - walk in a manner that is worthy of the Lord. Thus number two: II. True Spirituality is Obedience What is your walk? The greek word here is peripateo. It is where we get our word Peripatetic. It means to walk around from place to place by foot. The greek philosopher Aristotle was called a peripatetic teacher, because he taught his students while walking around the environment. And thus, your walk is your everyday pitter-patter through life. - And Paul says - I want your walk - That is, how you treat yourself, spouse, children, friends, co-workers, leaders, environment. I want all these things to be done in a manner that is worthy of the Lord . How you handle your money, how you speak to one another, how you take care of yourself, all should be done in a manner that is fully pleasing pleasing to him . - You are to bear the fruit of what pleases God in every good work. Lets stop right here for a minute. He said bearing fruit in every good work. That means don't try to bear good fruit in bad work. It really bothers me everytime I see musical or entertainment artist at their award ceremonies giving glory to God for the work that they do. Listen - you don't glorify god in bad work. You don't glorify God within the context of violent, sexual and profanity entertainment. He doesn't want to be glorified in filth like that. He doesn't want to be glorified in things that he prohibits. That's nonsense! He wants to be glorified in good and godly works. - And the more fruit we bear shows an increasing knowledge of God. That is, how you speak to your spouse should show that you know the Lord, how you raise your children should show that you know the Lord, how you treat your boss should show that you know the Lord. - Thus, True Spirituality is Righteousness and Obedience. And number three: III. True Spirituality is Strength vs. 11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience... - True Spirituality is measured by - How well we are able to stand on the will of God with endurance and patience using all of the strength that he has given us when our life is tested. - I will say this and move on: If your faith can't hold when you receive the pink slip, that is not True Spirituality. If your faith cannot hold when the doctor gives you that bad news, that is not True Spirituality. If you cannot Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, can I tell you, as James said, you have a faith that is dead and it does not work. You may have religion, but you do not have True Spirituality. - But you when you can be strong in the Lord and in all of his might . When you can Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil, and not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. When you can take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm...having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. When you can In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of Go d. If you can hold fast to these things when your faith is tested, you have True Spirituality. So we have that True Spirituality is Righteousness, Obedience and Strength. And Lasty, vs 11 and 12: IV. True Spirituality is Joy and Thanksgiving, vs. 11 - We are to be a joyous and thankful people - I told you last week that there is difference from being happy and having joy. Happiness only comes when good things are happening to you. But when those good things are no longer happening to you, you are no longer happy. So we see that happiness is rooted in things that are probable, things that change, things that are not permanent. - But Joy on the other hand is rooted, get this, not in something that is happening to you, but in something that has happened to you permanently . - Look at your past perfect tense verbs. Past perfect verbs are events that have been completed in the past and are unchangable and thus are permanent. vs. 12-13 - He says giving thanks to the Father who has: - qualified us - that is, he has given us eternal life and a seat in heaven because: 1. he has delivered us - that is, he has set us free from the clutches of Satan who hated us. 3. he has transferred us - that is, he has transferred us to Christ who loves us. 4. he has redeemed us - that is, he has bought me off the market and I am no longer for sale. - You have been qualifed amongst the saints to be delivered from the clutch of satan, transferred into the care of Christ, and redeemed from the condemnation of God forever. - And when you are reminded of that, it should bring you joy. And the Joy of the Lord is our Strength. - Ya see when we pray for peoples strength, we should be praying for their joy. And when we are praying for their joy, it should be asking the Lord to remind them that they have been qualified amongst the saints to be delivered, transferred and redeemed by the blood of the lamb and brought into his kingdom forever and ever and ever. Amen. Conclusion: So you see True Spirituality is not Mysticism, But True Spirituality is Righteousness, Strength and Joy based on what God has done for us. 4. True Spirituality is measured by - How well we are able to maintain joy in the midst of our life's circumstances because we have not forgotten what God has done for us. - vs. 11b-12 ( joy - thankful for being qualifed amongst the saints to have been delivered from the clutch of satan, transferred into the care of Christ, and redeemed from the condemnation of God. ) True Spirituality is Righteousness, Strength and Joy based on what God had already done for them back in verses 3-8. True spirituality is about a walk that matches or balances out based on what God requires in his word, not some new extra experience. True Spirituality is not trying to figure out what is the best system (philosophy) to believe in, in order to live my life around; or determining the best formulaic patterns of behavior (asceticism) to follow in order to accomplish, achieve, or obtain something; or having out-of-body experiences (mysticism) to attain some higer-level of knowledge outside of God's word of which no one else can seem to grasp. However, True Spirituality is simply living a controlled life that is bearing the fruit and works of which God requires from his word, according to the joyous strength and power that he works within us, which begun the day that he demonstrated his gracious works to and in us. That is, when he saved us. Title: The Essence of True Spiritual Life Text: Colossians 1:9-14 Topic: Spiritual Life Theme: A Christian with true spiritual life simply does what God requires with joy, even when cirumstances are bad, because he understands what God has eternally done for him. Outline: I. True spirituality is bringing your entire life under the influence of God's will. (9) That is, how you treat yourself, spouse, children, friends, co-workers, leaders, environment. All of your life is to be influenced by the will of God. And this is what he calls in verse 9 "all spiritual wisdom and understanding." You are to be a spiritual sophia of your entire life. You are to study scripture in such a way to find out God's philosophy or ideas about how your life is to be lived. There is no area of life that outside of the auspices or care of God. If he created it all, then he has a purpose for it all. You want wisdom in your life? The Beginning of Wisdom is the fear of God. Now what is the effect of pursuing all of this knowledge, wisdom and understanding? In verse 10, he tells us where this knowledge, wisdom and understanding should work itself into. So as to walk in a manner that is worthy of the Lord. And he explains what he means. He says that a manner that is worthy of the Lord is a manner that is fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work. That is, it is a manner that is ever increasing in the knowledge of God. Thus we see that True Spirituality is a walk of Righteousness and Obedience. It is not, philosophy, mysticism or legalism. It is your everyday pitter patter through life shows itself in pleasing the lord and bearing the fruit that God requires. It is how you handle your own body, talk to your spouse, raise your children, choose your friends, behave on your job, treat your leaders, treat your enviroment, your government, etc., etc., etc. Don't let anyone tell you that you have to believe in some man-made system or have some mystical out of body experience to have true spirituality or be on the varsity. No, if your walk does not match your talk (and you can have all the outward acouderments of spirituality), but if your walk does not matchup with your talk (a walk that is pleasing to God, a walk that is bearing fruit, a walk that shows that you know God), then you are Not living a life of True Spirituality. A. A Christian with true spiritual life gains spiritual wisdom of God's will. B. A Christian with true spiritual life has an understanding of God's will. C. A Christian with true spiritual life lives in a manner worthy of the Lord . 1. The life of a Christian with true spirituality pleases the Lord . 2. The life of a Christian with true spirituality bears fruit in every area of life. 3. The life of a Christian with true spirituality always seeks to increase in the knowledge of God . II. True spirituality is being strengthened with power and joy to perform his will. (11a) A. A Christian with true spirituality seeks to be strengthened with power by using every tool that God puts at their disposal. B. A Christian with true spirituality endures all circumstances with patience . C. A Christian with true spirituality endures all circumstances with joy . D. A Christian with true spirituality endures all circumstances with thanksgiving . III. God requires that all Christians to be motivated by the great truths of his will. (11b-14) A. A true spiritual Christian never forgets that they have been qualified o share in the inheritance of the saints in light. B. A true spiritual Christian never forgets that they have been delivered from the domain of darkness. C. A true spiritual Christian never forgets that they have been transferred to the kingdom of Christ. D. A true spiritual Christian never forgets that they have been redeemed and their sins forgiven. notes
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And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you ,
asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will
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in all spiritual wisdom
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so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord ,
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bearing fruit in every good work
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according to his glorious might ,
for all endurance and patience with joy ,
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giving thanks to the Father,
who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light .
He has delivered us from the domain of darkness
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