Living the Christ-Life

by David and Stephen Olford

Text: "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in Him" (Col. 2: 6).

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Thought: Paul has great concern for the church at Colosse. So he sets forth in these verses the great principles of Christian living.

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1. Initial Acceptance of Christ: "As ye havereceived Christ Jesus the Lord" (v. 6).  There are many people who think they can live the Christian life by copying the historic Christ who lived two thousand years ago. Only one Person in the universe ever lived to please God, and that was the Lord Jesus Christ. Thus no one can live the Christian life without the enabling Christ-life within.

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2. Continual Obedience to Christ: "As ye havereceived Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him" (v. 6). Continual obedience to Christ means fulfilling certain laws of Christian living. The first law is fellowship with Christ. The term "walk," in the context of New Testament teaching, means fellowship with Christ, and to know this fellowship is to walk in the light (1 John 1:7). Should sin creep in and that fellowship be broken, there is a way back (1 John 1:9). Then there must be obedience to the law of fruitfulness in Christ: "Rootedin him" (v. 7).  That means that you are going to strike your roots deep into Christ; you are not going to be a superficial Christian. Only as we go deep with Christ will the fruit of the Spirit be seen in our lives. Obedience is also expressed in faithfulness to Christ: "Built up in him, and stablished in the faith" (v. 7).

3. Essential Dependence on Christ: "In him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him" (vv. 9-10). It is "simply trusting every day." In Christ we find knowledge. There is nothing that has ever happened, or will happen that is not comprehended in the knowledge that is Jesus. In Christ we find wisdom. Wisdom is the right application of knowledge. And finally, in Him we find fullness. Everything else is included in "fullness." There is power, ability, patience, victory, purpose, and the supplying of all our needs.

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Thrust: "There is no demand made upon the life of a Christian which is not a demand upon the life of Christ indwelling him."

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