The Purpose of Redemption
12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. (Colossians 3:12-17, ESV)
He challenges us to make Christ-like decisions! (vs. 12-13)
12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other...
He challenges us to take our hearts in a better direction! (v.15-16)
15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly,..."
He challenges us to ensure that our words and deeds glorify God! (v. 17)
17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus...
Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6, ESV)
Week 1 - The Purpose of Redemption
The key thoughts from Sunday were the pursuit of wrong things, why we are saved in the first place, and that Salvation is about GOD, not us! This requires us to study and become familiar with the Sin Nature of Man, God’s Holiness, and God’s desire to be Glorified! Today’s study will look at all three of these topics.
Understanding GOD”s Holiness:
1. As a group, turn to and read Habakkuk 1:13. How does “part a” of v13 describe
2. As a group, turn to and read Ezekiel 36:22-23. Discuss as a group what GOD’s pri- mary motivation here is for acting and punishing these people for their sins.
This truth often does not sit well with us because we don’t see this dynamic any- where else in all of creation. Think about it! I cannot act based solely on my self-in- terests, while at the same time acting in the interests of others. BUT GOD can! He is acting for the sake of His Holiness, He is defending His nature, vindicating His name so that people will see Him and worship Him! But this worship is not in His best inter- est only, but also in our best interest! His nature, His Holiness is what saves us! Now, we are left with a massive problem, the unredeemed have a different perspective of sin. That is because sin blinds us and renders us unable to see this Holiness and the worthiness of worshipping GOD! GOD has to reveal this truth to us, and He does so by starting with our heart and revealing to us our true, sin nature! Knowing our sin nature is the starting point for understanding GOD’s Holiness. We must start where everything went askew...SIN!
Understanding the sinfulness of every person
3. Turn to and read Rom 5:12-14. What does v12 tell us about the nature of all men?
4. The natural objection to this truth is, “But that isn’t fair. I didn’t do anything, Adam did. Why am I not holy because of Adam’s sin?” Paul answers this objection rather bluntly in v14. What does he tell them?
5. Paul then tells us in Rom 6:23, about the consequences of this corrupt nature and the sin that we are now born in. What does Paul say that we earn for our sin?
Understanding GOD’s Holy Presence affords us the opportunity to see our sinfulness in the light of reality. We are sinful and not Holy--not because we don’t measure up to our brother/sister, our neighbor, or our co-worker--but because we fall short of GOD’s standard of Holiness. It is Him we have let down, it is Him we have grieved, it is against Him that we don’t measure up. If we are to be the temple of GOD, we must confront our sin, we must deal with it through the sacrifice and blood of Jesus Christ--because GOD’s character demands Holiness.