Monday, September 7, 2009
Who Is Jesus Christ To You?
This article is based on the sermon shared by Bro Rodney Duncan on 19 June 2009 in Kota Bharu Baptist Church
Who is Jesus Christ to you?
Is he just a great teacher?
Scripture text: Colossians 1:15-23 (New International Version)
In Col 1:15-23 above, it is shown that Jesus is:
1. C = Creator (Col 1:16)
2. H = Head of the Church (Col 1:18)
- Don't be discouraged by people's folly.
People in church may discourage you.
But look to the Head, not to the people.
We are in the process of becoming perfect. We can't expect people to be perfect. But He is perfect.
3. R = one who Reconciles (Col 1:20)
"With regard to the relationship between God and man, the use of this and connected words shows that primarily "reconciliation" is what God accomplishes, exercising His grace towards sinful man on the ground of the death of Christ in propitiatory sacrifice under the judgment due to sin.... By reason of this men in their sinful condition and alienation from God are invited to be "reconciled" to Him; that is to say, to change their attitude, and accept the provision God had made, whereby their sins can be remitted and they themselves be justified in His sight in Christ." (Ref: Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words)
4. I = Invisible God in visible image (Col 1:15)
God become Man to show man the way back to heaven
5. S = Sustainer (Col 1:17)
In Him, all things hold together
If there is something that you could lose it one day, then it would not be called "everlasting".
But in John 3:16, eternal life is everlasting.
If satan can snatch a believer out of God's hand, then satan would have been more powerful than God.
If someone says: "If I can do this and this, achieve this and that, then I will get to heaven", in such a case, if he can achieve it by himself, then he does not need God after all.
6. T = Transformer (Col 1:13)
He has the power to transform, to change.
From Col 1:15-23, who Jesus is can be remembered by this acronym: C.H.R.I.S.T
C = Creator
H = Head of the church
R = one who Reconciles
I = Invisible God in visible form
S = Sustainer of all things
T = Transformers of lives