colossians 2:7 sermon
Not built up as the house is built, with materials gathered here and there, and wrought together from without. From the flower in the wall up to the brain and soul all things live by what they feed upon. (1) Walk implies(a)action. Suppose that having been so far saved by Christ we should begin to walk in some one else, what then?1. If it were worth your while to come to Him at first, it is worth while for you always to keep to Him.2. "He came to His own, and His own received Him not. (2)Can philosophy and vain deceit offer you a wisdom such as His? As the Christ. Thomas, D. D.In this statement of fact Paul's argument culminates. THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS SUPPORTED AND ESTABLISHED BY FAITH IN FULLY DECLARED TRUTH,IV. (1) The root gives stability to the tree. Man's liberty as a responsible being and the Word of God show this. Spurgeon. H. After we have found Christ we entreat Him to come in and sup with us. THE FACT STATED. BY WAY OF ADVOCACY. He has no hidden hold on God by faith and prayer; he has not been sinking his faith deeper and deeper into the heart of Christ as the years rolled on. "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord." No one can walk for us.(D. We must be sensible of our mercies and privileges, and thus we shall get the comfort and benefit of them by "giving of thanks." Continuance.3. Our reception of Christ does not place us beyond the reach of law, but creates in us the capacity for rendering an intelligent and cheerful obedience.3. The STRONG MOTIVE.1. We cannot reach the summit of a mountain without first toiling up its base, then traversing its breast, and then successively crossing the limits where verdure passes into crag, and crag into a wilderness of snow. To those who complain of a want of communion. He appeals to their experience. Man's liberty as a responsible being and the Word of God show this.3. There are two opposing theories as to the Person of Christ — the rationalistic, which rules out His Godhead; the revealed, which is the basis of the catholic faith. )Progress is gradualDr. His personality is definite, His claims absolute, His work specific.4. III. (b) We received Christ as the substance of our faith, and just as you then no more doubted the reality of Christ than your own existence, so walk ye in Him. Even manna would not nourish you unless you ate it. To use Paul’s plant illustration here, he planted you in Christ. If you can reach down into God, and feed altogether on Him, you may present the beautiful spectacle. THE CHRISTIAN'S DOWNWARD GROWTH. Thomas, D. D.)Christ is the believer's foundationT. Spurgeon. And what that tower is to the house on yon sand-bank Christ's righteousness is to mine, Christ's works to my best ones.(T. (3)Do ceremonies tempt you? The walk of faith. (1) Its sphere is specific. Effectually.5. (2) The life of a tree depends upon its rootedness; uproot it and you destroy it. When a man walks in Christ, he acts as Christ would act.(C. BY WAY OF EXPOSITION.1. The duty of habitual aspiration after the highest attainments in grace is here urged. Whither? We can only reach loftily upward, and broadly outward, as we strike deeply downward. The one puts man at the centre, and is wholly human; the other enthrones God, and is essentially Divine. )The Christly characterD. The threefold character in which they received Him..(1)As Christ anointed and commissioned of God;(2)as Jesus, the Saviour to redeem and sanctify them;(3)as the Lord to reign and rule over them with undivided sway.3. Having Christ, you have God, and having God, you have everything.III. Look at some of the senses in which the word is used in Scripture, such as —(d) Taking — we take Christ into us as the empty vessel takes in water. A possibility of walking out of Him. The life of faith is represented as(1) receiving. THE RECEPTION.1. A seive does not receive water. Salvation may be described as the blind receiving sight, the dead life, etc. Morality seeks to overlay men with good works. You must receive food into yourself, or it is not food to you. As the supreme object of the soul's love.2. This strips us of everything like boasting, for all we do is to receive.4. (b)Perseverance; not only being in Christ to-day, but all our life.(c)Habit. A possibility of walking out of Him. )The Christly characterD. 3. Peter did so. Man's liberty as a responsible being and the Word of God show this.3. (b) We received Christ as the substance of our faith, and just as you then no more doubted the reality of Christ than your own existence, so walk ye in Him. He appeals to their experience. (g) Enjoying. By an act of faith. The reality of who Christ is has consequences for life. Are you living in the reality of Christ? It has been said that no man can gaze on the marble statue of the Apollo Belvidere without standing more erect, and dilating his form in unconscious imitation. Rom. Accept of Christ, and you must receive His truth. (e) Holding — what we take in. I Cor. which means to accept Him —1. And how was that? Now, the law of man's bodily progress is also the law of his mental progress. As the imperial guide of the soul's activities.3. "Walk in Him." Suppose that having been so far saved by Christ we should begin to walk in some one else, what then?1. (3)Do ceremonies tempt you? BY WAY OF APPLICATION.1. As the foundation upholds the house, so is the believer upheld by Christ (Matthew 16:18). This is the old gospel word. )LinksColossians 2:7 NIVColossians 2:7 NLTColossians 2:7 ESVColossians 2:7 NASBColossians 2:7 KJVColossians 2:7 Bible AppsColossians 2:7 ParallelColossians 2:7 Biblia ParalelaColossians 2:7 Chinese BibleColossians 2:7 French BibleColossians 2:7 German BibleColossians 2:7 CommentariesBible Hub, (b)Perseverance; not only being in Christ to-day, but all our life.(c)Habit. Into your hearts.4. The one has its type in education, the other in faith.3. (1)Has Christ proved Himself insufficient? (2) Change of scene, in a walk our eyes are ever dwelling on something fresh. It is not to be suspended. Whither? What can your heart desire beyond God? Our fruitfulness. (g) Enjoying. CHRISTIAN CONSCIOUSNESS IN ITS RECEPTION OF CHRIST. 2. Goulburn. 1. Joyfully.4. (3)Do ceremonies tempt you? THE RECEPTION.1. Christ claims to be monarch absolute over mind, body, etc., because all has been "bought with a price. As Jesus the Lord. Now, the law of man's bodily progress is also the law of his mental progress. ; but we have not only received these things, we have received Christ, both as Saviour and Lord, in His Divinity and humanity. The life of faith consists in holding Christ within us the hope of glory. The ORIGIN of the Christly character. "He is our life. Stablished in the faith. (3) This is a matter of certainty; and the apostle goes on to argue from it. There are four things suggested by "walk."1. Vaughan, M. Continuance.3. To those who complain of a want of comfort. He who intelligently believes the testimony, trusts in the promise and receives the gift. Guthrie.The lighthouse tower, that stands among the tumbling waves, seems to have nothing but them to rest on, yet there, stately and stable, it stands, beautiful in the calm, and calm in the wintry tempest, guiding the sailor on to his desired haven, past the rolling reef, through the gloom of the darkest night, and the waters of the gloomiest sea. Even when we have gained the highest point, we are still, it is true, at an infinite distance from the blue vault of the firmament which stretches above our heads. 2. What can your heart desire beyond God? )The threefold growthA. One cannot receive a shadow or a phantom, but only something substantial. (b)Perseverance; not only being in Christ to-day, but all our life.(c)Habit. And how was that? Because IT TENDS TO THE SANCTIFICATION OF THE SOUL, If the mystery of the faith is to be held in a pure conscience, then as the conscience grows purer will be the surer grasp of the mystery of faith. ITS PROGRESS. Our reception of Christ does not place us beyond the reach of law, but creates in us the capacity for rendering an intelligent and cheerful obedience.3. Guthrie. As the only Physician of the soul's diseases. The walk of faith. )The Christly characterD. You have all that you can require in Christ.3. You have seen the oak smitten by the whirlwind, and how with its giant arms it has caught the tempest in its embrace, and hurled it back, defeated, while itself stood firm and unmoved in its rooted strength.
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