Life Is What You Are Alive To (12 Of 18) by Jerry Vines

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Life Is What You Are Alive To
Jerry Vines
Colossians 3:1-4

We are coming to the practical portion of this book. I heard a statement several years ago that goes like this: Life is what you are alive to. I think that statement is true. Life really is what you are alive to. Mention the Jaguars and most of Jacksonville comes alive. Mention cars and many teenager boys come alive. Life is what you are alive to. Mention boyfriends and all the teenage girls come alive. Mention money and the stock market and a lot of people come alive. It is true that life is what you are alive to. That is certainly true in the Christian life.

The center of this passage in chapter 3 is in verse 4 where it says that Christ is our life. When you come to the Lord Jesus Christ your life takes on a new perspective and it gains a new center. Paul put it this way in Philippians 1:21, "For me to live is Christ and to die is gain." Life, for the believer, is Jesus Christ. You come alive in the Lord Jesus Christ and life is what you are alive to.

Ptolemy taught that the earth was the center of the universe. For 1300 years that's what people believed. Then Copernicus came along and said, "oh, no, earth is not the center of the universe, the sun is the center of the universe." At that point the universe took on a brand new center. This universe now had a new perspective when you change the center and the meaning and the purpose of it all. Life is what you are alive to and when you come to Jesus Christ the Bible teaches that you are now alive to Him. Let me survey for you where we are. In chapter 1 Colossians sets before us the absolute sufficiency of Christ. In chapter 2 he sets before us the deficiency of cults. Now, in chapters 3 and 4 he will present to us the efficiency of the Christian life and it all centers around the Lord Jesus Christ.

Have you ever seen the reruns of that old TV program "This is Your Life" hosted by Ralph Edwards. It brings people on and they give a lit ...

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