Our culture has become a culture of many gods and many religions. For the sake of tolerance, religions are being merged together and absolute truth is being done away with. The Colossian church was struggling with some of the same issues. A heresy was taking over the church. It was a blend of Jewish legalism, Greek philosophy and Christianity. Although Paul had never been to Colossae, he was asked to write to the church to address this heresy.
Paul wrote to the church reminding them of the gospel which they had gladly received. He established the supremacy of Christ and the complete work done on the cross. He warned them about being taken captive by philosophy and empty deceptions. He showed them, that their true hope came from the reality that Christs work on the cross was complete and He now lived in them.
Just like the Colossian church we can sometimes begin to add to the sufficiency of Christ. Tonight we are going to let Paul remind us of what Jesus did and examine ways in which we may be adding to the sufficiency of Christ. Paul is going to remind us that Jesus is enough.
Colossians 1:13-22; 27
In these verses Paul reminds us of four areas in which Jesus is enough. First Jesus is enough
To reconcile us back to God (vs19-22)
God created man, blessed him and gave him dominion over the earth. Man was created to live his life of blessing and dominion from His relationship with God. Man was not created to live apart from God. However, when Adam and Eve sinned, they became separated from God. Sin entered the world. They began to live life apart from God experiencing great toil and pain.
Because of Adams sin, every person is born separated from God. No one can escape this reality. We are born into a spiritual kingdom that is not Gods kingdom. However, through Jesus death on the cross, the wall of separation between man and God has been removed. Jesus died on the cross in order that we may be presented before God, holy and blameless and beyond reproach.
When we do not believe that Christs death on the cross is enough to be reconciled to God some of the ways we will add to this truth are:
Teaching all roads lead to God: it doesnt matter what you believe
Teaching only some can be reconciled, others cannot
The truth is God reconciled man to Himself through the death of Jesus Christ. We do not need to add to it. When we add to this truth, men and women perish without being reconciled to God.
This reconciliation is Gods good pleasure, Gods will. He longs to be reconciled to man. Christs death on the cross was a demonstration of this longing and His great love for us.
Not only is Jesus enough to reconcile us to God, but Jesus is enough
To redeem us Through the forgiveness of sin (v14; Eph 1:7-8)
Redemption is experienced in our life in two ways:
My Sinfulness: Not only are we reconciled to God, but ALL our sins are forgiven. When I came to Him, confessed my sins and asked Him to forgive me of my sins and be Lord of my life He completely and utterly forgave me. There is not ONE sin that I have committed that He did not forgive. Not one! I am not partially forgiven. I am not somewhat forgiven. I am COMPLETELY forgiven. I NOW stand in a place of complete forgiveness.
When we do not believe that Christs death on the cross is sufficient for the forgiveness of our sins, some of the ways we will add to this truth are:
We will become legalistic and self-righteous, therefore denying our sinfulness.
We will develop a form of penance to earn forgiveness.
Sometimes we go back and forth between the two extremes.
God lavishes on us grace and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. We do not have to strive for it. We do not have to strive to become acceptable. We do not have to strive to be in good standing with God. We do not have to pay penance. This is Gods will, His good pleasure. Sometimes it seems too good to be true.
Sins Sinned Against Us: Another way we experience redemption is by extending forgiveness to those who have sinned against us. Jesus did not die just for our sins, but He died for every sin that was sinned against us so that our hearts may be set free.
When we do not believe that Christs death on the cross is sufficient for the forgiveness of the sins that have been sinned against sins, one of the ways we will add to this truth is:
Calling sin something other than sin
Remember if sin is not the problem then Jesus is not the answer.
Not only is Jesus enough to reconcile us and redeem us, Jesus also is enough
To rescue and replant us (v13)
God not only redeems us and forgives us, but He rescues us from the kingdom of darkness in which we were born and replants (transfers) us to the Kingdom of His Son. We are no longer citizens of this world, which means that we are not subject to it (Php 3:20).
This is not a future event. We have been transferred into His Kingdom the moment we repent and ask Jesus to be Lord of our lives. Paul tells us in Ephesians that we are seated in the heavenly places with Christ Jesus and are given every spiritual blessing (Eph 1:3). We are no longer victims of this world.
When we do not believe that Christs death on the cross is sufficient to rescue us and replant us into His Kingdom, one of the ways we will add to this truth is:
We will look to the culture, money or earthly kingdoms to be our savior.
Jesus is enough to reconcile us, to redeem us, to rescue and replant us, Jesus also is enough to
Live in us (v27)
Paul, in addressing the Greek philosophy, dismantled their teaching of a future mystery that needs to be strived for. The mystery has been revealed. Now that we have been reconciled, redeemed, rescued and replanted, Christ lives within us and that is our hope. We NOW can live the way God created us to live. We can live our life from our relationship with God because it is Christ in us who gives us life (Gal 2:20).
How is Christ being in you?
JESUS IS ENOUGH. We do not need to add to Him.