December 09, 2018 - Jesus Our King (Colossians 1:9-17)
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V. 17 - “He is before all things”
V. 17 - “in Him all things hold together”
Luke 1:46-49 - And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
To the degree you have your life ordered under the kingship of Christ, it is to that degree your life will hold together.
2. The personal kingship of Christ
1 Peter 2:2 - Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grown up into salvation
1 Corinthians 3:1-3 - But I brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for it. And even now you are not yet ready, for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?
A. How you enter into Christ’s kingship
John 10:24-30 - So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name bear witness about me, but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
B. How to grow in Christ’s kingship
2. Continuously growing in knowledge
3. Continuous strength to face tough circumstances
4. Continuously expressing gratitude to God.