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. – Colossians 3:12-13
Today’s sermon by Dr. John MacArthur focused on Colossians 3, and putting on the new self, which means to live and be like Jesus Christ; to live in the likeness of Our Savior.
We are separate from the world, we are to live holy lives, keeping in mind the things of above and not of the earth.
Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. – Colossians 3:2
I really liked that John MacArthur said over and over again that churches should not be taking a pragmatic approach to sharing the gospel with the world, for so many of them are trying to be like the world.
We are sharing the gospel to believers to hear and believe, to understand the gospel, to feed his church, even. Believers are the called who answered God that they believe, who want to know God and will listen to His words that are recorded in the bible for us.
We are the elected few who came to Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
John MacArthur spoke about how churches are trying to be like the world, that the separation that we are supposed to exhibit becomes more blurred that way. He went on to say that he thinks that the bridge to understanding the gospel cannot happen when churches are reflecting the world.
After all, reflecting the darkness of cultural norms is not shining the light on the gospel. It makes sense then, that the darkness of the world where churches try to emulate and give to the world what they want cannot possibly shine the bright light of the gospel to them. His point is that we have been called to live separated from the world in order that we shine a bright light of contrast from those “of the world”.
Churches have fallen into the world. They are becoming more of the world instead of in the world. They aren’t reflecting the light of Christ Jesus. Instead they create a surreal church of darkness. MarArthur’s message is well taken and speaks to the truth of the gospel and how we are called to live as being part of His Heavenly Kingdom, even as the world dies. He referred to this verse:
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. – 1 Peter 2:9
How can one shine the world of light into a world of darkness if we become the darkness with them? We are to shine the light of Christ who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, on the world which shines the way of the gospel. He is the light of the world, and we are to resemble Him through His gospel.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, – Colossians 3:16
May He richly bless you today!