In Him

Those who place their faith in Christ have only one option, only one logical next step, and that is to walk in Him – as His disciple.

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“In Him”

Colossians 2:6-15

  • Today we’ll begin by asking, have you received Christ as Savior?
  • The answer is key to the remainder of the lesson
  • Because this passage is all about walking in Him
  • And no one who has rejected Him can walk in Him
  • But those who place their faith in Jesus (and Him alone) have only one option
  • And that is to walk in Him
  • This is the goal – and the joy – of our life
  • It’s clear from the beginning here…

Colossians 2:6

6  As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 

  • It is logical, it only makes sense, it follows
  • That those who have received Him, would walk in him
  • This means to live life in daily fellowship with Him
  • To understand what He wants us to do and be, based on His word
  • To obey those things we understand
  • To pray
  • To remain in fellowship with and have accountability to other believers in the local church
  • To grow in faith
  • And to minister as His servants

Colossians 2:7

7  Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. 

  • To have faith in Christ and to walk as one of His disciples
  • Means to have roots
  • To be established
  • This is describing a certainty of foundation that is uncommon to man without Christ
  • And as we place ourselves under the teaching of the word of God
  • Both at church, through pastors and other believers
  • An through our own diligent study
  • We abound – always remaining thankful
  • For we provide not these roots and this grounding for ourselves
  • He provides them for us through His own word
  • They serve as a platform for future discipleship and future success

Colossians 2:8

8  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 

  • There are people who may try to direct our attention elsewhere
  • To turn it from Christ to other things
  • Perhaps they peddle philosophies which God does not approve – that do not come from His word
  • Perhaps they just lie
  • Or promote traditions they (or other men) have come up with themselves
  • Whatever worldly ideas they espouse, distract and cause harm
  • They do not point us to the Savior
  • Beware of people like this!

Colossians 2:9

9  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 

  • Some may question or directly deny this
  • But we know the truth from scripture
  • And it is proven in our lives day by day as we watch His power manifest itself on our behalf

Colossians 2:10-12

10  And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 

11  In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 

12  Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. 

  • We are complete in Him – and by His power
  • And we bear His mark, not necessarily a physical one, but His mark
  • Our old life is passed away
  • We are dead to sin
  • Things are radically different for us now
  • As baptism shows, our old selves are buried
  • And we are raised
  • Walking in new life
  • These truths should be ever-present
  • They should remind us not to return to any part of the old life
  • For our flesh and this world will pull in that direction
  • Rarely toward Christ
  • Only away from Him

Colossians 2:13

13  And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 

  • Something real, something certain, something irreversible has happened to us
  • We have been forgiven
  • The state of war that existed between us and God has been ended
  • The trespasses we have committed were cleansed by His blood

Colossians 2:14-15

14  Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 

15  And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. 

  • Real victory has been obtained by Him
  • The just legal sentence we deserved has been served by Jesus
  • And the power that held us has been broken
  • Therefore we may walk in Him

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