by Jerry Branch

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What Kind Of Clothes Do You Put On? (3 of 6)
Jerry Branch
Colossians 3:12-17
October 31, 1999

We've recently found that the Bible tells us that we who know Christ as our Lord and Savior, were raised IN Him. That we are IN Christ. We are SAFE In Him. And as such we ARE to PUT to death sins of the flesh in our lives, and that we're to PUT ASIDE, or PUT OFF, all those sins of emotion and of our tongues. And our Lord makes this all possible for us, because He is all-powerful, and loves us, and wants us to have the abundant, joy filled life of walking daily with Him! AMEN! What an AWESOMENESS we should sense of what God has done for us.

I want to pick up in verse 12, where we left off. We now find that Paul tells us that we're to PUT ON something.

How is it that we can do this? Well, look right there in verse 12. It's because we are chosen in Christ, Jesus. Think about this will you? God took the initiative, and He called to us through His Holy Spirit to respond to His Irresistible Grace and mercy, and showed us our need for Him, and then when we accepted that precious gift of salvation in His Son, Jesus Christ, and you and I individually, personally, confessed our sin, and individually, asked God's forgiveness, and invited Jesus Christ to be our personal Savior and Lord, and turned our lives over to Him, to walk with Him, we were saved, and it is ONLY IN Him and Him alone that we are chosen, the Greek word, being "ekletos". Elected. In the Gospel of Luke, God Himself speaks at the Transfiguration of Christ, saying, "Luke 9:35 "35 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, 'This is My Son, My Chosen One; listen to Him!'"

Folks, listen to this - it is ONLY in Christ, Jesus our Lord, That we are elect, chosen. You and I who know Christ, at the very moment of our salvation with Jesus Christ, we died to our sin, we were buried with Him, and we were raised with Him, and because we are WITH HIM, we are called elect in Him, and because of that we are, as Pa ...

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