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The Evidence of Being One of His (10 of 12)
July 4, 1999
Dr. Martin Lloyd-Jones entitles his commentary on Chapter One of this letter to the Colossians, "Love So Amazing," and that it is. God's love is absolutely amazing. Just WHY and How God loves us so much that He sent Jesus to come die for us is utterly beyond our finite comprehension.
As we've been looking at this letter these past weeks, I think we've all come to see just how much we truly do have to be thankful for. No doubt that is why as Christians, we should be giving thanks to God constantly for His Saving Grace, and the precious gift of Salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ. Here again, we've got so much to be thankful for.
Well, as we turn to the passage we're going to concentrate on today, in order that we get a good understanding and not loose the thought, let's do this - let's begin by reading starting back in verse 21, and then we'll concentrate on verse 23.
"And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight- 23if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister."
Then, verse 23 again, "23if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister." (NKJV)
Verse 23 speaks of a true evidence that one has been born again. That one has indeed been saved by God. A PROOF or Evidence is our continuing in our faith, firmly rooted, remaining steadfast, not being moved, regardless of what comes along. Look what we've seen back in verses 21 and 22 - look at this: We, you and I, w ...
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