How Big Is Our Jesus?

October 16, 2017


Sermon: How Big Is Our Jesus? Colossians 1:15-18
In order for us to be thankful for what Jesus has done, we must understand our need.  A starving man is more thankful when he receives food than a rich man would be.
We also need to understand his unmatched greatness, holiness, power and love.
One Way Christian Center is a Reformed Baptist Church, located in Olustee, OK close to Altus, OK and Altus AFB.
Consider joining us for service.  Sunday service starts at 10:30 AM and Wednesday service starts at 7 PM.
 By: Bryan Walker Given on: 10/15/2017  Sermon plays on KWHW 93.5 FM on: 10/29/2017
Sermon Notes:
Colossians 1:15-18 ESV  
Giving thanks to the father
    • Are we full of thanksgiving?
        • Over flowing with joy?
    • Lack thanksgiving…?  Reasons???
      1. Not understanding what God has done
          • we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins (14)
      1. Looking to ourselves, our situations
          • God has delivered us (13)
          • Who is Jesus Christ
      1. We don’t fully realize our need for a savior
          • We were in the domain of darkness (13) now transferred to kingdom of his beloved Son
          • It’s all about the son
    • Lacking thankfulness means we have a lack of need
      • Give a loaf of bread to a starving man vs. rich man
          1. All of mankind is starving but none of us realize it unless it is revealed to us by God.
              1. Revealed by the Holy Spirit through ordinary means
  • Interviews at a pastor’s conference:   
      • Are we born basically good? (maybe two out of 6)
      • On the street Christians, “Do you agree with this statement: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one.” (Romans 3:10-12)
  • 2016 Survey of (SELF IDENTIFIED) Christians
      • A person obtains peace with God by first taking the initiative to seek God and then God responds with grace.   
          • 83% somewhat agree (note no one seeks for God)
      • : Even the smallest sin deserves eternal damnation.   
          • ALL, 61% strongly disagree, 12% strongly agree
      • An individual must contribute his or her own effort for personal salvation.
          • ALL, 40% agree 2014, 2016, 50% agree 36% Christians
      • God accepts the worship of all religions, including Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
          • 46% of Christians somewhat agree
  • What does this survey of Christians tell us?
      • Declining, 2014 to 2016, 10% decline
      • Some believe we in a worse state today, <> Reformation?
          • Rome believed the smallest sin deserved eternal punishment
          • They still had a fear of God
          • They didn’t believe other religions lead to God
          • They SOMEWHAT believed in universal corruption of man
          • Mixed works with grace and faith
  • Is the Protestant Church today, worse than Rome was?
      • What can we do?  Preach the Word, and pray for opened eyes
Who is Jesus Christ?
  • Image of God
      • 1st Adam was made in the image of God
          • Image was defaced by sin and death
          • In Adam we are all spiritually dead and under sin
          • Means we are unable and don’t desire to please God
          • Not seeking after God
          • Having no good works but filthy rags
      • 2nd Adam Jesus Christ is above all things.  
          • To be in Christ is to be spiritually alive
          • Through Christ we can be pleasing to God
John 14:6-10 ESV  
          • Exact likeness and perfect representative
          • He is the only way to know the one true God
          • You cannot know God if you don’t know Him
(15) …
 Firstborn does not mean the first of the created
        • First born meaning he has preeminence
        • Meaning he has ALL of the Father’s blessing
        • Christ is David’s LORD, notice this meant rank
Psalms 89:27 ESV  
    • He is the CHIEF of creation
    • Calvin:  Jesus is the foundation of all things.
    • He is above creation
    • Meaning, Jesus is Lord over ALL creation
    • He cannot be created because:
        • (16)  For by him all things were created
        • It says all things and explains all things
(16)  …
    • If he was created then he is a creature not God
    • Verse (16) would be false
    • Even the Holy Spirit glorifies Christ
John 16:14-15 ESV  
    • How can the Holy Spirit of God, glorify Christ if Christ is not part of the trinity?
    • Jesus made exclusive claims
        • I AM statements in John
        • He spoke as one who had authority
        • The miracles were the witness of God
        • Examples of worship in the Old and New Testament
            • Yet, God does not share his Glory
            • You shall have no other God’s before me
Joshua 5:13-15 ESV  
(16)  all things were created through him and for him.
  • Why does Paul go into this description?  (Colossian Hersey)
      • Jesus is just one of the created angelic beings we worship
  • Paul says, NO
      • Not just an angel (Meaning heavenly messenger)
      • (16)  For by him all things were created
      • (16)  …All things were created through him
      • (19)  For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell
          • Not just part of the fullness but ALL of it
      • Colossians 2:18 ESV  Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels (or heavenly messengers)
  • All things, visible and invisible
      • All created things worship Christ
      • All angels defer worship
John 5:39-40 ESV  
  • The Scriptures speak of Christ
      • From the rock flowing living water
      • The commander of the Lord’s army
      • The manna coming down from heaven
      • EVEN:::
Genesis 1:1 ESV  
(16)  For by him all things were created…
John 1:1-3 ESV  
  • Everything points to Christ
      • all things were created through him and for him.
Psalms 95:3-6 ESV  
Job 38:4-6 ESV  
    • Not only creation but all things continue because of Him
  • All of the laws of nature
      • He puts limits and boundaries on them
      • He commands the sea and the winds and they obey His voice
          • No boat sinks with him on board
Job 38:8-12 ESV  
  • The weather, the laws of nature and the planets all obey His voice
  • Jesus Christ is preeminent over His church
      • Meaning He is our Lord
      • He is the head, we are the body
      • To God ALONE be the glory
Job 12:7-10 ESV  
  • If life and breath is in His hand…
  • How much more, our spiritual life?
      • Jesus tells Nicodemus, you must be born again (from above)
      • He asks, how can we accomplish this?  We can’t!!!
          • It is the work of the Spirit and He does what He wants
          • Can you command the Holy Spirit?
John 3:8 ESV  
  • Yet, we want to contribute or add to the work or Christ
  • How can a Christian say, all roads to the same God???
  • How can we think we can come to Christ on our own???
Isaiah 64:6-8 ESV  
    • Jesus is reaching out his hand all you need to do is grab on
    • (7)  There is no one who calls upon your name, who rouses himself to take hold of you
        • He is the potter we are the clay
    • Do we think we are the potter???
Isaiah 29:16 ESV  
    • Who dares to question the potter who is LORD over the clay?
Romans 9:18-24 ESV  
Jeremiah 18:6 ESV  
    • We cheapen the work of God when we say this is plan B
        • all things were created through him and for him.
            • He gets glory in the vessels prepared for wrath
            • He gets glory in the vessels prepared for glory
Matthew 25:34 ESV  
  • The glory of our Lord is all around
      • The work of his had makes us jump for joy
      • We should be overflowing with thanksgiving
  • How would you answer?
      1. A person obtains peace with God by first taking the initiative to seek God and then God responds with grace.   
          1. No one seeks for God, no one reaches out for God
          2. God saves, through the Holy Spirit for Jesus Christ
      2. : Even the smallest sin deserves eternal damnation.   
          1. Yes! it’s not the size of the sin but the size of our God
      3. An individual must contribute his or her own effort for personal salvation.
          1. What can you offer?  Your works are sufficient
      4. God accepts the worship of all religions, including Christianity, Judaism and Islam.
          1. Jesus Christ is the ONLY way
  • Jesus Christ is the person you put your faith in
      • You do not have faith in your works
      • Faith in your “WILL” power
      • Faith in your faith
  • Faith in Christ ALONE
Surveys from the White Horse Inn broadcast and The State of Theology

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