Living in Christ

Colossians 3:1-17
By Sey Yen

Living in Christ

  • New life 1-4
  • Overcoming transgressions 5-11
  • Guide to victorious living 12-17

Written by Paul in prison. Also known as the prison epistle.

New life 1-4
New life; seek those things above
Seek then set (a progression).
To constantly have the mind of Christ.
We all face temptations in life but if we seek God above, we are able to resist sin.
Setting our mind: consistently have the mind of Christ to overcome our sinful nature.

Also affects our decisions. E.g. If called to serve in church but decline because of work, your focus is your work & not God
In church involved are you doing God’s ministry or merely doing a job?
The day will come when we appear with Christ in glory.

Church is boring? A believer is excited to spend time with God & His people. Looking forward even more so to eternity with Christ.

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭2:20‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Christ died not only saving us from our sins but also the wrath of God & death.

We may receive disappointment & have fears but for believers we have Christ.

Overcoming transgressions 5-11

Put to death: responsibility to put to death anything that is not right by God.
Take every effort to put to death our earthly nature.
Put to death: very strong words.

“If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:29-30‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Impurity leads to immorality
Immorality: pornia (Greek) where pornography is derived from; sex outside marriage.
Lust: great desire or longing which is sinful.
Craving for someone who is not our spouse in sexual way.
Greed mentioned as it’s a desire to have what another one possesses – a dissatisfaction.

“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for Godʼs holy people.”
‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Maintain purity in our hearts & minds.
Even when difficult like example of Joseph & Potiphar’s wife.
Run & flee from temptation recognising we are no match; Putting away things which can stumble us.

Slander: hurtful distorted speech about another.

Though outwardly we may be wasting away, inwardly God is renewing us.
What are we doing to enable the process of renewal in our hearts? Have we been lukewarm, fallen away or unconfessed sin in our hearts?

Guide to victorious living 12-17

We are set apart from people & set aside for God.
Cloth ourselves with garments of new life.

Compassion: tender mercy; To not be cold towards one another.
When there is no compassion, everything will be viewed with distrust.
When there is compassion, everything is filled with love & mercy.
Submit self before others.

Sin is often defined as as physical sins such as drinking, gambling & anger.
Sins of the heart often not thought about which is serious & can cause division in a church!

Gentleness: meekness looked at negatively in the world; being meek is actually strength.
Trait looked as a weakness but we love according to the virtues of God where He takes control in our lives.
Sometimes we may feel hurt by others even in church.
We need to be willing by showing tolerance and forgiveness.
Forgiveness is surrendering my right to hurt you for hurting me.
In His presence, there is peace.
We are to have peace of God in our hearts.

Instruct, teach & admonish one another – especially in the local church. Instruct what we should do. Warn what should not do.
We need to be careful how we carry the name of Christ.

We are given new life as the children of God. Seeking to know the thoughts of Christ & putting to death our old self. A complete guide to Christian living. Knowing that we will be with Christ far outweighs all.

“When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.” – Billy Graham

Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread
By Chen

penang_food

We love talking about food!
Different stories & cultural differences about food
Car parks & other rooms negotiable EXCEPT kitchen which is an essential!

Double whammy: cooking oil increase; petrol increase

““This, then, is how you should pray: “ ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. ’”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:9-13‬ ‭NIV‬‬

From young we are thought to say please & may I. But here it says “Give us!”
Too demanding?

God come & build your kingdom
Our will takes 2nd place, God’s will comes 1st
God is holy, almighty & sovereign

Asking God to forgive our debts… our past
Asking for God’s future guidance & leading
When we pray like this, we affirm God is our source: the source of everything

Bread: everything necessary for the preservation of our life
We in Penang may find it difficult to relate as our rice container is always full & our larders are full too
But when we pray then we realise that our prayer has already been answered

God has provided for you

“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭37:3-4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Will you trust & depend on God?

We already know that all our needs has been provided long ago
A good father provides for his children
A God who takes care of all my needs & I don’t have to worry

Give us today; us referring to as a church & community
Give so we can share with those in need

“All the believers were together and had everything in common.”
‭‭Acts‬ ‭2:44‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Faith if not accompanied by action is dead

There was a recent need for school going children who could not go to school
Church members stepped in to help

Markets around the world crashed recently when Trump was elected president & then recovered rapidly
People get worried over things that may not happen at all
Rest assured we have a God who takes care of our needs

“I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭37:25‬ ‭NIV‬‬

All your needs will be met & taken care of
Enjoy directly from God our provider
When we go to God we find our place is already written with our name & we don’t have to worry about our food
We just have to thank God

Our daily bread is not necessarily provision but can come in challenges for our good & His good

I can do all things through Christ because he gives me strength
We need to learn to be content

“… give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭30:8-9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Galatians 5

Galatians 5
By Johnny

peace

Where is the joy in ill gotten gains?
Will he have peace in his heart?
Only inner peace with Christ

Is peace the absence of problem? No, that’s impossible in life. There’s actually good stress (re: book of Job)

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:22-23‬ ‭NIV‬‬

There are people who commit suicide
Recently man who “fell” from bridge
Suicide is not what someone wakes up one morning & decides but crumbles under problem faced

Peter had inner peace even though was in chains
How? Known fundamental fruit of God allows him to be filled with serenity

3 basic truths
1. To know that God is there. He sees what we are facing. (Phil 4:6-7). Faith move mountains & opens doors.
Providence = providential (Latin)
Foresight: God has already seen ahead what is going to happen

Do not worry about anything, pray about everything

2. Know that God is aware (Psalms 139)
Peter knew God was aware of his execution
For us to be able to sleep like a baby in all situations
God not only knows, God cares

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭26:3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

In then eye of the hurricane, we can be the “I” in the hurricane – calm even though difficulties

3. God cares. He is the source of all serenity.

““I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.””
‭‭John‬ ‭16:33‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Basic Biblical Eschatology – Part 2

Basic Biblical Eschatology – Part 2
By P.B. Teo

eschatology

Eschas=last things
Ology=study

Millennium Rev 20
Angel down from heaven
1000 years – 6x
Rev 20:2-7
V3 Satan bound – deceive not

Basis for premillennial pretribulation view
Church distinct from Israel (does NOT replace)

“Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God—”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭10:32‬ ‭NIV‬‬

 

“I ask then: Did God reject his people? By no means! I am an Israelite myself, a descendant of Abraham, from the tribe of Benjamin. God did not reject his people, whom he foreknew. Don’t you know what Scripture says in the passage about Elijah—how he appealed to God against Israel:”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭11:1-2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Promises & curses applies to Israel & NOT the church

Great tribulation – Matt 24, Daniel 70 weeks

““Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people and your holy city to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place.”
‭‭Daniel‬ ‭9:24‬ ‭NIV‬‬

(7 + 62) 69 X 7 = 483 years from rebuilding temple to Christ’ death for us
Unfulfilled promises to Israel will be fulfilled in the millennium on earth

Rapture
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
Hope; Lord personally; In the air; Comfort

“Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:51-53‬ ‭NIV‬‬

New incorruptible bodies

Not for wrath
No more judgment for believers
Instead hope & comfort
Trials are for training

Problems w Other Viewpoints
Post millennial: Christ comes after the millennium as so many people become Christians during the church age. Christians suffer tribulation whenever gospel opposed. Rapture, Jesus coming & end of world at same time.

Amillennial: Symbolic, spiritual millennium right now. Satan is bound. Martyrs live & reign w Christ. But how is Satan in the abyss now? Deceives now but unable to wage war? Christians suffer tribulation in the world. No future earthly future for Israel. Rapture, Jesus coming & end of world at same time.
Israel replaced by church thus unfulfilled promises fulfilled in the church spiritually. Great tribulation is for Christians/church. Rev 6-19 judgments are for the church.
Difficulty explaining two witnesses (Rev 11)
Difficulty explaining 144,000 from 12 tribes sealed (Rev 7)

Conclusion
The basis for premillennial pretribulation view
Rev 20 = 20 Literal 1000 years reign on earth
Church does not replace Israel

Q&A
Q: Millennium 1000 years: Will we be part of earth’s population or a separate group of people with our new bodies?
A: 2 groups of people. We will be like Jesus & able to interact with others. But our new body is like Christ. We will reign, not marry, etc.

Q: Rev 7 how do you determine the tribes as records destroyed, intermarriage, etc
A: Do not know how. But somehow after nation ceased to exist, Jews are back in Israel now. Believe the truth in God’s Word that will happen.

References
Heraldofhope.org.au
GotQuestions.org
Berita-Bethel-Ung.com