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Expressing the Truth     Col. 1:21-2:7    May 01, 2011


Introduction

I do not like to be around someone who has to be constantly talking. My experience causes me to think someone like that Is not concerned enough with Expressing the Truth.

 

1.   Expressing the Truth . . Grounded In The Faith. Col.1:21-23 

       A.   Grounded In The Faith though . . Conversion. 1:21-22

21 And you were once alienated and hostile in mind because of your evil actions. 22 But now He has reconciled you by His physical body through His death, to present you holy, faultless, and blameless before Him—

 

       B.   Grounded In The Faith though A . . Consistent Stance. 1:23

23 if indeed you remain grounded and steadfast in the faith, and are not shifted away from the hope of the gospel that you heard. This gospel has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and I, Paul, have become a minister of it.

       

       The First step of being grounded in the Faith certainly must be your personal conversion. We cannot be presented as a Christian if we do not receive the salvation Jesus makes available through His sinless life and atoning death. He can present us faultless because he lived a faultless life and therefore covers our sin with His precious blood. If we we know His salvation we can and should keep a consistent stance. All of us like to see Christians who are steadfast as they walk with the Lord and project a consistent message of Christ life in them.

 

2.   Expressing the Truth . . Gratified In The Faith. Col.1:24-29

       A.   Gratified Through . . Sufferings For the Cause of Christ. 1:24-25

      24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for you, and I am completing in my flesh what is lacking in Christ's

       afflictions for His body, that is, the church. 25 I have become its minister, according to God's administration

       that was given to me for you, to make God's message fully known,

 

       B.   Gratified Through . . Striving For the Cause of Christ. 1:26-29

26 the mystery hidden for ages and generations but now revealed to His saints. 27 God wanted to make known to those among the Gentiles the glorious wealth of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. 28 We proclaim Him, warning and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29 I labor for this, striving with His strength that works powerfully in me.


       Paul could rejoice in his sufferings as he knew they were caused by his consistent Christian commitment and refusal to back down from his stand for Christ. Our world today does not see enough Christian witnesses that are consistent. In my opinion it makes the non-Christian turn away and believe they can get to heaven on their own. Paul maintained the desire to proclaim, teach, and warn everyone in the wisdom God gave him so that he could present everyone mature in Christ. This is a great motivational example for all of us; especially those who are ministers.

 

3.   Expressing the Truth with . . Genuine Confidence In Christ. Col.2:1-3

       A.   Genuine Confidence Through Great . . Trials. 2:1-2a

1 For I want you to know how great a struggle I have for you, for those in Laodicea, and for all who have not seen me in person. 2 I want their hearts to be encouraged and joined together in love,

 

       B.   Genuine Confidence Through Great . . Treasures. 2:2b-3

“. . . so that they may have all the riches of assured understanding, and have the knowledge of God's mystery—Christ. 3 In Him all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden.

Paul desired to minister in person and face to face. He faced all kinds of trials in order to make the travels

he made for Christ. Amazingly he longed to make additional trips so he could encourage people personally. He maintained a confidence in Christ. Paul believed God would enable him to help Christians to be joined together. It is a real joy when true Christian fellowship prevails. It causes all of us to be very careful to watch our actions and attitudes so we may protect the sweet fellowship. It is interesting but not surprising that Paul tells us all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are in Christ. That is cnfidence!


 

4.   Expressing the Truth with . . Growing In Your Christian Walk. Col.2:4-7

       A.   Growing Through The . . Strength of Their Faith. 2:4-5

4 I am saying this so that no one will deceive you with persuasive arguments.

       5 For I may be absent in body, but I am with you in spirit, rejoicing to see your good order and the strength

       of your faith in Christ.

 

       B.   Growing Through The . . Specifics of Their Faith. 2:6-7

6 Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in Him,

       7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, and overflowing with

       thankfulness. HCSB


       Do you have a strong faith? If so how did you get it? New faith or weak faith must learn by expressing itself and watching how it increases and becomes stronger. Sometimes newer Christians find themselves in places where they must express the faith they have and it demonstrates to all how even a new or weak faith can declare itself. Notice these words in verse seven: rooted, built up, established, taught, and overflowing. These qualities will certainly cause a Christian to be one who is Expressing The Truth. Amen? Amen!