Colossians #10: Colossians 2: 13-15
Colossians #10: Colossians 2: 13-15
As the officer placed handcuffs on your wrists you heard “I am placing you under arrest for crimes against humanity, for estrangement from God and messing up your life and the lives of others.” “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you. Do you understand your rights?”
When you were stuck in your old sin-dead life, you were incapable of responding to God. God brought you alive—right along with Christ! Think of it! All sins forgiven, the slate wiped clean, that old arrest warrant canceled and nailed to Christ's Cross. He stripped all the spiritual tyrants in the universe of their sham authority at the Cross and marched them naked through the streets.
In the court room of eternity the judge asks “how do you plead?” Me, I am going to say “I plead the blood of Christ.” (Hebrews 9:27).
There's nobody living right, not even one, nobody who knows the score, nobody alert for God. They've all taken the wrong turn; they've all wandered down blind alleys. No one's living right; I can't find a single one.
"This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn't go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted…
And so I insist—and God backs me up on this—that there be no going along with the crowd, the empty-headed, mindless crowd. They've refused for so long to deal with God that they've lost touch not only with God but with reality itself. They can't think straight anymore. Feeling no pain, they let themselves go in sexual obsession, addicted to every sort of perversion.
When you are acquitted you don’t go back to the old ways of life. When you get a new lease on life you take advantage of the opportunity afforded you. That means you have determined to be obedient, to live righteously, a devout and holy life demonstrated by your actions. With this intent you live your life to the full (John 10:10).
Now we look inside, and what we see is that anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone…
No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he'll never let you be pushed past your limit; he'll always be there to help you come through it.
When you are acquitted no more excuses for sinful behavior, no more justifications, no more blaming others. You take responsibility. You don’t continue to do the things you know to be wrong, instead you do the things you know to be right.
Keep on sinning so God can keep on forgiving? I should hope not! If we've left the country where sin is sovereign, how can we still live in our old house there?
My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God's Spirit. Then you won't feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day. Why don't you choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions
Once you’ve been set free from sin and death and made alive in Christ, you don’t return to the old way of living. You repent of the old ways, take them off and put on the new ways. (Ephesians 4:21-24)