Sunday, February 20, 2011

How fast would the "mega" churches empty of they preached The Truth?

Before we wrap up Colossians 1 today, I wanted to take a look at a few definitions: reconcile, warning and if:

RECONCI'LE, Gr. The literal sense is to call back into union.]
To conciliate anew; to call back into union and friendship the affections which have been alienated; to restore to friendship or favor after estrangement; as, to reconcile men or parties that have been at variance.

WARNING, ppr. Cautioning against danger; admonishing; giving notice to; summoning to meet or appear.
Caution against danger, or against faults or evil practices which incur danger.

IF, v.t. It is used as the sign of a condition, or it introduces a conditional sentence.
Colossians 1:28 Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.

There is a refrain in a song by Robin Mark that says, “the ears of all men need to hear of the Lamb who was crucified”. To hear of the Lamb of God (Jesus Christ) is Good News, to say the least. However, as Paul indicates here, this Good News will seem very strange and foolish if not coupled with warning. What is Paul eager to warn about in his preaching? Before we answer that, when was the last time you heard a preacher warning you of anything. Warning people of danger is not often heard in today's pulpits. Instead, we hear light and fluffy, feel good messages. Why is that? Because people want to gather around themselves teachers that tell them what they want to hear:

2Timothy 4:3-4 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.

What is this warning Paul is speaking of that today's preachers are so scared to mention? The warning is that we are separated from God, alienated from God, enemies of God; as such, we need to be reconciled. Can you imagine how fast the “mega” churches would empty if the preacher told the Truth. Imagine a preacher in a “mega” church telling is “attendees” that if they deliberately continue in sin and think they are saved, they are only fooling themselves. Yet, that is exactly what John said:

1John 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

For those that heed the warning, feel the wait of conviction from the Holy Spirit, repent and receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior; He breaks down that wall of separation, making peace and eliminating the hostility; making His enemies His children.

Ephesians 2:14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation,

This all happens through His Blood:

Colossians 1:20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. 21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled 22 in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and blameless, and above reproach in His sight—23 if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.

2Corinthians 5:18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

We have clearly seen two of our “definition” words, reconcile and warning. But, did you catch our third word? It was in verse 23. We need to be presented blameless before God on the Day of Judgment, and that only happens through the Blood of Jesus Christ and faith in Him alone for salvation. If you have put your faith in Him you will be presented blameless....PRAISE GOD! But this is not a “my hands been stamped” now I will follow the lusts of the flesh kind of thing. Verse 23 makes it clear as a bell, you will be presented blameless....IF.....if what? If you continue in the faith and are not moved away from the hope of the Gospel:
Colossians 23 if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and ste
adfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under heaven, of which I, Paul, became a minister.

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

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