Sermon Prepared by James McCullen
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Evidence of Salvation
Col. 3:1-8

1 Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.    2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.
3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.    4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.   5 Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.
6 For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience,
7 and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them.   8 But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. NASU
 

Introduction
If you were on trial for being a Christian what would be given? The text and much of scripture talks about the evidence that should appear in a Christians life style.

Evidenced In Our . . Mind. v 1-2

Evidenced In Our . . Mortality. v 3-5

Evidenced In Our . . Modification. v 6-8
 
 
 

1.    Evidenced In Our . . Mind. v 1-2



    Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.
 

A.    This Is A . . Resurrected Mind. v 1
        Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

B.    This Is A . . Raptured Mind. v 2
        "Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.

Illustration
Jim Cymbala In the Book "Fresh Power" tells of a couple named Michael and Maria Durso.

They were living together and involved in a wild life style. One day Maria said I want to go to church. Michael went along and was as obnoxious as he could be. He dressed in a tight fitting black leather shirt and pants and had a bright yellow shirt.

The service was brought to a close with an invitation to receive Christ. All at once, Michael turned sober. "Suddenly I felt overwhelmed. I knew my life was headed for hell. All my confidence in my religious upbringing and my smart image vanished. I felt ashamed of my appearance. Both Maria and I headed for the front.

"People came around and began praying for us. Both of us started weeping. Soon the pastor approached us and did something very unusual: He anointed our foreheads with oil and then said, 'Lord, I pray that this couple will be used by you in the days and years ahead.' We were perplexed by that."

The young couple never made it to a club that evening. Instead, they returned to their sixth-floor apartment and, convicted by the Holy Spirit, began an immaculate housecleaning. The building incinerator chute happened to be just outside their door, and soon they were carrying loads of items to dump. "Nobody told us to do this--but we just knew. First it was a stack of questionable magazines. Next it was our music collection. Then all the drug paraphernalia -- the syringes, the gold spoons for snorting cocaine, etc. --went down the chute. There was also jewelry that had been stolen.

"Finally we turned to our closets. Many items were plainly sensual and needed to be tossed. I had a custom-made antelope-leather shirt that was very expensive, with etchings of women on each shoulder, that I knew I had to discard. By midnight we had put thousands and thousands of dollars into the incinerator. I had a fleeting thought of You know, maybe we could at least sell some of this stuff for money--or give it to our friends. But then I realized that no, it had to be destroyed."

Before the end of the week, Michael had moved out of the apartment to return to his parents' home until a legitimate wedding could be arranged. The young couple didn't seem to think of any options other than going to a justice of the peace at City Hall in Manhattan on a Monday morning--Monday being the one day of the week when the Durso business was closed.

Application

Why did there life style so drastically change? There mid was immediately transformed by Christ.
 
 
 

2.    Evidenced In Our . . Mortality. v 3-5



    For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. 5 Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.

Introduction
A pastor acquaintance; Jeff Barnes worked for a mortuary while a student at Southwest Baptist University. On one occasion he got a call to go pick up a body and if he did that he would be late for a date. He came by the Women's dorm in the hearse to tell his girl friend why he would be late. She really had mixed emotions about him coming by the dorm with a carps in the hearse. Jeff said "the corps doesn't mind at all.

Friend we need a proper view of our mortality.

A.    A . . Present View of Mortality. v 3
        "For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
        1.    Evidenced In the . . Hidden Life.

Illustration Death: Land of the Living
When John Owen, the great Puritan, lay on his death bed his secretary wrote (in his name) to a friend, "I am still in the land of the living." "Stop," said Owen. "Change that and say, 'I am yet in the land of the dying, but I hope soon to be in the land of the living.'"

B.    A . . Projected View of Mortality. v 4
        "When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.

        1.    Evidenced In the . . Revealed Life.

Illustration http://www.deathclock.com/
According to this death clock a person with normal temperament born on the day and year I was born will die Sept. 04, 2010. On Monday Morning about 11:00 AM I had 28,929,401 seconds left to live.

If I have optimistic temperament I will live until Nov. 10, 2031
 

C.    A . . Practical View of Mortality. v 5
        " Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.

        1.    It Is Practical for A Christian to be Dead to. . Immorality.

NT:4202 porneia (por-ni'-ah); from NT:4203; harlotry (including adultery and incest);
figuratively, idolatry: KJV-fornication.

Read news article about Joe Gibbs fighting pornography.

        2.    It Is Practical for A Christian to be Dead to. . Impurity.

NT:167 akatharsia (ak-ath-ar-see'-ah); from NT:169; impurity (the quality), physically or
morally: KJV- uncleanness.
 

        3.    It Is Practical for A Christian to be Dead to. . Passion.

NT:3806 pathos (path'-os); from the alternate of NT:3958; properly, suffering ("pathos"), i.e.
(subjectively) a passion (especially concupiscence): KJV-(inordinate) affection, lust.

            a.    This means a lustful sinful passion.

        4.    It Is Practical for A Christian to be Dead to. . Evil desires.

NT:2556 Kakos (kak-os'); apparently a primary word; worthless (intrinsically, such; whereas

NT:4190 properly refers to effects), i.e. (subjectively) depraved, or (objectively) injurious:
KJV-bad, evil, harm, ill, noisome, wicked.

NT:1939 epithumia (ep-ee-thoo-mee'-ah); from NT:1937; a
longing (especially for what is forbidden): KJV-desire, lust (after).

        5.    It Is Practical for A Christian to be Dead to. . Greed.
                    "which amounts to idolatry. "

NT:4124 pleonexia (pleh-on-ex-ee'-ah); from NT:4123; avarice, i.e. (by implication)
fraudulency, extortion: KJV-covetous (-ness) practices, greediness.

Illustration
A Christian man traveled on an Amtrak Train. In the area in which he was riding a group of men were playing poker for rather high stakes. One of the poker players got of the train and they invited the Christian man to play. He told them I don't have any hands with which I can play poker. They looked at his two good hands and said what do you mean you have two hands. He said these are not mine they belong to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Application

With Practical Mortality we see our selves dead to sin but alive to God.
 
 
 

3.    Evidenced In Our . . Modification. v 6-8 



        For it is because of these things "that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, 7 and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth.

A.    Modification From Our . . Past Life Style. v 6-7
        6 For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience,
7 and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them.

        1.    My "Want To" has been Changed.

B.    Modification In . . Present Life Style. v 8
        8 But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech
from your mouth.

        1.    We Put Aside . . Anger.
                a.    My anger is under the control of the Holy Spirit.

NT:3709 orge (or-gay'); from NT:3713; properly, desire (as a reaching forth or excitement of the mind),
i.e. (by analogy,) violent passion (ire, or [justifiable] abhorrence); by implication punishment: KJV-anger,
indignation, vengeance, wrath.

        2.    We Put Aside . . Wrath.
                a.    My wrath is under the control of the Holy Spirit.

NT:2372 thumos (thoo-mos'); from NT:2380; passion (as if breathing hard): KJV-fierceness,
indignation, wrath. Compare NT:5590.

        3.    We Put Aside . . Malice.
                a.    My Malice is under the control of the Holy Spirit.

NT:2549 kakia (kak-ee'-ah); from NT:2556; badness, i.e. (subjectively) depravity, or (actively)
malignity, or (passively) trouble: KJV-evil, malice (-iousness), naughtiness, wickedness.

        4.    We Put Aside . . Slander or Blasphemy
                a.    My Slander is under the control of the Holy Spirit.

NT:988 blasphemia (blas-fay-me'-ah); from NT:989; vilification (especially against God):
KJV-blasphemy, evil speaking, railing.

        5.    We Put Aside . . Abusive Speech.
                a.    My Speech is under the control of the Holy Spirit.

Vincent says ". . . foul-mouthed abuse.. . . "
NT:148 aischrologia (ahee-skhrol-og-ee'-ah); from NT:150 and

NT:3056; vile conversation: KJV-filthy communication.

Illustration
Statistics from Geo. Barna the second Coming of the Church

        Those who bought a lottery ticket in the past week: non-Christians 27%, Christians 23
 
        Those who watched a PG-13 or R-rated movie in the past three months: non-Christians 87%,
        Christians 76%

        Those who have been divorced: non-Christians 23%  Christians 27%.

Conclusion
A man placed a picture of himself in a book where a picture of Christ was imprinted on the inside cover. After a while the man went to look for that picture and found the picture of Christ had impressed itself on his picture.

It is to be that way in the Christian life. In fact listen to this verse of scripture.
 

Rom 8:29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, . . . " NASU