Wednesday, April 18, 2007

So, I'm married to Christ!

Colossians 1:15-23; 2:6-15

"15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.

21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— 23 if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant."

Tim Lane and Paul Tripp write in Chapter 2 of our workbook, "'Certainly, the most important question for any prospective bride is, 'Who is this person that I am to marry?'" In Colossians 1 above, Paul gives us the answer - a rich description of Christ, our bridegroom.

2:6 "So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. 8 See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.

9 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, 10 and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. 11 In him you were also circumcised, in the putting off of the sinful nature, not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.

13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross."
In the Colossians 2 passage, Paul writes about the past, present, and future blessings and benefits of our union with Christ. Unlike an earthly marriage, we don't need to worry about what our bridegroom will think about us when he "really" gets to know us. He knows. He REALLY knows me - completely - and loves me anyway. (not because of what I am, but who I am in Him). Paul contrasts the description of who we are in Christ with the realistic description of who we are without Him.
1. We are guilty of sin and alienated from God.
2. We are foolish and blind
3. We are powerless and enslaved.

Our call to live in daily fellowship and friendship with Christ, to celebrate the fact that (we) have been granted a relationship with Him is driven by what HE brings to our relationship. He perfectly meets our deficits as sinners in every way:
1. Jesus is our justifier.
2. Jesus is our wisdom.
3. Jesus is our power.

So, I'm married to Christ. We're married to Christ! We're united to Him and the power of sin has been broken and our hearts are being progressively renewed! Praise Him!

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