by Stephen Whitney

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Changed Lives (3 of 23)
Series: Colossians - The Supremacy and Sufficiency of Christ
Stephen Whitney
Colossians 1:13-14

For 16 years, John Kovacs, along with a few other squatters, lived underground in an abandoned railroad tunnel in New York City. When Amtrak bought the tunnel and prepared to reopen it, John was forced to look for another place to live.

According to the New York Times, John became the first person chosen for a new program designed to ''transform the homeless into homesteaders.'' After spending a third of his life in a railroad tunnel, he left his underground existence to become an organic farmer in upstate New York. As he left the city for his new home he told reporters, ''The air will be better up there. I'm not going to miss anything. I'm not coming back.''

Everyone who has accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior has left some filthy existence as a result of their sin for a clear conscience and a new life and hope of eternal life in Christ.

What sin, habit, desire or hopeless situation did you leave behind when you trusted Christ as your personal Savior? For some it was drinking or gambling, for others it was a negative attitude or depression, for others it was only living to please themselves.

Paul explains to the believers in Colossae the change that has taken place in their lives as a result of them believing that Jesus died in their place so they could be forgiven of their sins.


God has delivered us - by his mercy because he loved us. God took the initiative because we could not save ourselves. Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith.

One of the pillars of the Protestant Reformation was that salvation was by God's grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone because there was nothing that we could do to save ourselves. Therefore we are save to the glory of God alone. Delivered (NIV rescued) - Gk. saved from trouble. Matt. 6:13 Lead us not into temptati ...

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