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A Glorious Reconciliation (5 of 15)
The Book of Colossians
1. Last week's message was entitled, "A Great Declaration."
Paul declared Christ to be the express image of God, that He is the very image and embodiment of God. He declared Him to be the firstborn from the dead. He declared Him to be the Head of the Church, and He declared Him to be preeminent in all things (vs.18).
2. This evening we will consider the message, "A Glorious
Reconciliation." Consider with me, please, three things...
I. The Need for Reconciliation
II. The Plan for Reconciliation
III. The Condition for Reconciliation
I. THE NEED FOR RECONCILATION
1. Let's define what we mean when we talk about the need
for reconciliation. When Adam sinned, all men were made sinners (Romans 5:12). Keep in mind, we are not responsible for Adam's sin, we are responsible for our own. However, because we are of Adam, and we are of his sinful bloodline, we have taken on his sinful nature. Romans 5:19, " For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners."
2. As sinners, we are separated from God--shut out
completely from His presence (the Garden of Eden). Man lost that intimate relationship and fellowship with God when he sinned. As a matter of fact, the Bible says in Psalm 7:11b, "God is angry with the wicked every day."
3. And so, there is the need for reconciliation--man needs to
have peace with God, to once again be brought nigh, that he might enjoy forgiveness and have a relationship with his Creator.
QUOTE: In an excerpt from Easton's Bible Dictionary, he writes, "Justice demands the punishment of sinners. The death of Christ satisfies justice, and so reconciles God to us. This reconciliation makes God our friend, and enables him to pardon and save us." 1
4. As we look at the outline, we are considering the first
point, The Need for Reconciliation. Let's expound a bit by asking ...
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