Sermon: The Doctrine of Reconciliation Colossians 1:19-23

October 29, 2017


Sermon: The Doctrine of Reconciliation Colossians 1:19-23
The doctrine of reconciliation is concerning our communion and relationship with God.  We were once haters of God and under God’s wrath because we owed God a debt we couldn’t pay.  But, now we have communion with God.  The payment for sins (justification) is the satisfaction of our debt but reconciliation is dealing with the relationship after the two parties reunite.  Once the payment for sin is made and applied reconciliation can occur.  We are reconciled with God through Jesus Christ.
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 By: Bryan Walker Given on: 10/29/2017  Sermon plays on KWHW 93.5 FM on: 11/12/2017
Sermon Notes:
Colossians 1:19-23 ESV  
    • What does all the fullness of God mean?
        • Ponder…
        • Who can describe this fully?
    • Jesus is fully human and fully divine
Isaiah 7:14 ESV  …
    • The one who was with God and is God
    • Through him and for him, the world was created
    • He is exalted above all
    • He humbled himself and took on flesh
        • Need – kinsman redeemer
            • To suffer for us, he had to be one with us
Hebrews 2:14 ESV  
          • He came to fulfil the law (Rom 8:3,4)
              • The first Adam failed, Jesus succeeded
          • A contract with the father and the Spirit to redeem us
              • He freely obligated himself to fulfill the contract
For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell
    • God dwelt in the temple in the Old Testament
        • Yet God is everywhere
        • Forbidden to enter in
        • They could not ascend the mountain
        • They could not enter the holy place
        • They needed a mediator and a sacrifice
            • Moses and Aaron – blood of bulls and goats
    • Moses died on the mountain because of his sin
        • Jesus died on the Cross for the sins of Moses and all his elect
    • Jesus calls his body the temple of God
John 2:19 ESV  Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”
    • Who raises it up?  Jesus
        • Who is Mosses’ Lord, Jesus
        • Who gives Moses life, Jesus
        • Who created Moses, Jesus
    • Yet in other places, GOD raised him
[Speaking of God the Father] Ephesians 1:19-23 ESV  
    • Moses went into the tent of meeting
        • Jesus is the tent of meeting
        • While the Jews were in the earthly temple the true temple made his home with, prostitutes, tax collectors and fishermen
    • Jesus is the fullness of God
        • Because Jesus is God the Son
        • He is preeminent
            • I AM the bread of life
            • I AM the light of the world
            • I AM the door of the Sheep
            • I AM the good shepherd
            • I AM the resurrection and the life
            • I AM the way the truth and the life
            • I AM the true vine
John 12:41 ESV  
John 1:14 ESV  
all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell
CalvinNow, he means a fullness of righteousness, wisdom, power, and every blessing. For whatever God has he has conferred upon his Son, that he may be glorified in him, as is said in Joh_5:20.
John 5:20-23 ESV  
    • We become blessed from his blessings overflowing
John 1:16 ESV  
Ephesians 3:19 ESV  
    • The fulness of God does not dwell in the forest
    • Not in the oceans deep
    • Not on top of the mountain
    • Not in a faraway place
        • The fulness of God is knowing Jesus Christ
        • Through the Holy Spirit
    • Jesus is not “one” of a long series of emanations from God
        • He is the only mediator between God and man
RECONCILIATION – What is it and why do we need it?
Reconcile – To restore friendly relations between.
    • Doctrine of reconciliation
Types of reconciliation:
    1. Reconcile Man to God (obvious in scripture)
    2. Reconcile God to man (debated)
    3. Reconcile Man to man (As Christ did, so we do)
Need for Reconciliation
    1. Reconcile Man to God
Man’s so called free will hates God:
Rom 1:30  slanderers, haters of God
The world hates Jesus because he testifies of their evil deeds (John 7:7)
John 3:20 ESV  For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed.
Romans 8:7 ESV  For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.
    • Man is alienated and hostile in mind
    • Man hates God
    • He hates the light of the world
    • Where is the will of man?
        • It is against God
        • The will of man will never choose something he hates
        • This hatred must be reconciled FIRST
            • One must be born again
            • Born of the Spirit not of the flesh
            • The flesh hates God
    • God reconciles man unto him
2. Reconcile God to man
    • Debated, because God does not change
    • [READ] If God foreknew his elect, meaning he loved them from before the foundations of the earth, can this love change?  No
    • [READ] So, the argument is, if God is the same, yesterday and today his love for his elect is always the same.   
        • God is the essence of perfect love
        • God never loves his children more or less
        • The payment was made with the plan of payment
    • God’s eternal purpose is sure
    • However, this purpose come to pass in time
        • Not that God has changed, nor the love for his elect has changed
        • But God’s justice demands satisfaction
    • Here we see God acting in time
Ephesians 2:3 ESV  
    • We were by nature AT ONE TIME, children of wrath
    • We all exist under sin and condemnation like the rest of the world until regeneration and justification
    • Before regeneration and justification
        • Are you a worshiper of God?  NO
John 9:31 ESV  
    • Sin causes separation from God
    • God’s justice demands reconciliation on both sides
    • Can light fellowship with darkness
    • Can righteousness fellowship with unrighteousness
    • Spiritual death is the separation of man from God
        • This communion cannot begin until spiritual life
        • The prodigal son was separated from his father
        • He never stopped being the son
        • This separation was considered death
Luke 15:24 ESV  
    • The children of Adam do not walk with God.
Amos 3:3 ESV  “Do two walk together, unless they have agreed to meet?
    • [READ] If one sin from Adam and Eve cursed the whole human race, how much more wrath awaits those who continue to transgress his laws
    • If we say we were not under Adam, why did we do as Adam did?
    • The one who owes the debt is required to pay it
        • If I owe someone something, I am obligated to pay
        • We owe a debt to God, we are obligated to pay
        • Once the debt is paid reconciliation can occur
    • We owe a debt we cannot pay because the payment is death
            • Our debt is sin and the wages of sin is death
            • If the debt is death then death is the required payment
                • God doesn’t require our money
                • God doesn’t require our service
                • God doesn’t require our produce
        • Cain brought the produce of the ground
            • The toil of clearing thorns and thistles
            • The sweat of his brow
            • God was not satisfied
        • Able brought the firstborn of his flock
            • Able brought a life for a life
            • Able brought the blood of the lamb
            • And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering
Galatians 3:10 ESV  
Psalms 5:4-6 ESV  
    • We do not have fellowship with God until we are brought from death to life
3. Man to man
Matthew 5:23-24 ESV  
    • Debtor:
        • Required to make the payment
        • Satisfy the requirement
    • Holder of the Debt
        • Consider your forgiveness in Christ
        • Consider your lack of ability to pay
    • There is no room for division
        • If we are one with Christ we will be one with each other
        • If reconciliation is needed we are obligated to SEEK it
        • A division NOT based in scripture
            • Does the word of God tell me to be divided in this area?
            • There are some things we do not have fellowship with!
1 Corinthians 11:18-19 KJV  
    • If a division is NOT based on the Word of God, we are sinning
    • A division between us is a division between us and Christ
        • 1 John 5 – Our love of God is displayed in our love for each other
            • If we fail to love each other, we fail to love God
4. Why would Paul say this?
    • What we continue in is what we belong to
Examine ourselves

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