Sermon Prepared by James McCullen
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Thanksgiving Prayers
Col. 1:12-14 NASU

12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. 13 For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins

Introduction
Christians can offer many prayers of thanksgiving. Paul mentions at least three in these passages. I want to highlight these three prayers of thanksgiving.

1. Thanks for Being . . Qualified. v 12

2.    Thanks for Being . . Rescued. v 13

3.    Thanks for Being . . Redeemed. v 13
 
 
 

1.    Thanks for Being . . Qualified. v 12



        "giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light.

A.    Thanks for the . . Direction of Being Qualified. v 12 a
        "giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us . . . "

2 Cor. 5:5 Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge. 
 

B.    Thanks for the . . Dividends of Being Qualified. v 12 a
        ". . . who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light".

1 Peter 1:3-4 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, NASU

Illustration Acts 9:26-28 26 When he came to Jerusalem, he was trying to associate with the disciples; but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he was a disciple. 27 But Barnabas took hold of him and brought him to the apostles and described to them how he had seen the Lord on the road, and that He had talked to him, and how at Damascus he had spoken out boldly in the name of Jesus. 28 And he was with them, moving about freely in Jerusalem, speaking out boldly in the name of the Lord. NASU
 

Application

Imagine a caterpillar talking with a butter fly before it is changed. Then imagine the conversation after the change. There would be an entirely different conversation.

I think I will have a "T" shirt made up with a big Letter "Q" .and inside the Q I imagine the word thanks and on the back this verse of scripture.
 
 
 

2.    Thanks for Being . . Rescued. v 13



 "For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son,

A.    Thanks We are Rescued . . From Something. v 13 a
        " "For He rescued us from the domain of darkness,

        1.    Note this Paradox. Matthew 27:43
"HE TRUSTS IN GOD; LET GOD RESCUE Him now, IF HE DELIGHTS IN HIM; for He said, "I am the Son of God.'"

        2.    Note the Victory. 2 Timothy 4:18
                "The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His
heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen. NASU
 

B.    Thanks We are Rescued . . For Something. v 13 a
        ". . . and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, "

Eph 2:4-5 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), NASU

Eph 2:8-10 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. NASU

Illustration
My dad was a bus driver in the City of St. Louis. Everyday people would get on his bus pay the fare and ask for a transfer. They may have been going East down Manchester toward the Mississippi river when they got on the bus; but they got a transfer and took the Grand North to Old Sportsman Park to see the Cardinals play baseball
 

Application

The rider on the bus my dad drove had to pay for their transfer. In Christianity Christ pays for the transfer. He rescues us from something. He rescues us for something.
 
 
 

3.    Thanks for Being . . Redeemed. v 14



        " in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins."

A.    Thanks for the . . Possession of Redemption. v 14 a . .
            " in whom we have redemption,. . . "
            KJV "redemption through his blood, even

B. Thanks for the . . Privilege of Redemption. v 14 a
        ". . . the forgiveness of sins."
 

Illustration Topic: Darkness Index: 2179
He was the world's ultimate mystery -- so secretive, so reclusive, so enigmatic, that for more than 15 years no one could say for certain that he was alive, much less how he looked or behaved.

Howard Hughes was one of the richest men in the world, with the destinies of thousands of people -- perhaps even of governments -- at his disposal, yet he lived a sunless, joyless, half-lunatic life. In his later years he fled from one resort hotel to another -- Las Vegas, Nicaragua, Acapulco -- and his physical appearance became odder and odder. His straggly beard hung down to his waist and his hair reached to the middle of his back. His fingernails were two inches long, and his toenails hadn't been trimmed for so long they resembled corkscrews.

Hughes was married for 13 years to Jean Peters, one of the most beautiful women in the world. But never in that time were the two seen in public together, and there is no record of their ever having been photographed together. For a while they occupied separate bungalows at the Beverly Hills Hotel (at $175 per day each), and later she lived in an opulent and carefully guarded French Regency house atop a hill in Bel Air, making secretive and increasingly infrequent trips to be with Hughes in Las Vegas. They were divorced in 1970.

Hughes often said, "Every man has his price or a guy like me couldn't exist," yet no amount of money bought the affection of his associates. Most of his employees who have broken the silence report their disgust for him. -- Alan Loy McGinnis, The Friendship Factor.
 

Application

Howard Hughes needed what money can't buy. He needed redemption. We who have been redeemed need to thank our Lord for His redemption
 


We Have the Privilege of being Redeemed

We are right now children of the King.