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INTRODUCTION: In Col. 3:13-17 Paul outlines four spiritual motivations for godly living. It is so evident that the centrality of this living is Jesus Christ. He is the centerpiece of Christianity.
1. We forgive because Christ forgave us. 13
2. It is the peace of Christ that should rule in our hearts. 15
3. The Word of Christ should dwell in us richly. 16
4. The name of Christ should be our identification and our authority. (Col. 3:11, "Christ is all, and in all")
The Scriptures remind us that since Christ is our life, we have all the resources needed for godly living. However, we must be spiritually motivated in four areas:
1. To Live for Him
2. To Obey Him
3. To Honor Him
4. To Glorify Him
Because we have experienced the grace of God, we want to live for Him. Because we have enjoyed the peace of God, we want to obey Him. Because we have been enriched by the Word of God and enabled by the name of God, we want to honor and Glorify Him.
This will all happen:
I. WHEN GOD'S PEACE RULES.
A. THE SOURCE OF PEACE.
"Peace of God"
Romans 5:1, "Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."
EXAMPLE: Billy Graham's Tract, "Peace with God"
The war between the unbeliever and God is over and the treaty was paid at the cross.
Ephesians 2:14, "He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation."
"He Himself" -- emphatically emphasizes that Christ
alone is the believer's source of peace.
"Peace of God"
Isaiah 26:3, "You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You."
Philippians 4:6-7, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surp ...
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