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Risen with Christ!

Pastor Phil Derstine 4-16-23


Intro: We are resurrected with Christ by the infilling of Holy Spirit, dead to our earthly nature and “alive” to our New Nature in Christ.  So now we have a responsibility to put off the old and put on the new!


We are Risen with Christ!

·      Colossians 3:1 “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. (2) Set your affections (mind) on things above, not on things on the earth.  (3) For ye are dead (flesh), and your life is hid with Christ in God.”

·      Luke 9:23 “If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up HIS cross, and follow me.”

·      Galatians 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”


Take off the Grave Clothes

·      Colossians 3:5 Put to death whatever belongs to your earthly nature… (7)Put off these things…  

·      Sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, greed (idolatry) – sins of sexual attitude and behavior.

·      Ange, rage, malice, slander, filthy language – sins of speech.

·      Romans 8:11 “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead     will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.”


Put on the New Self

·      Put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. (12) Clothe yourselves with…  (Gr: Enduo – to sink into)

·      WHAT: Compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience

·      HOW: Forgiveness, put on Love, let Peace rule, be Thankful, do all in Jesus Name!

·      Don’t wait till you FEEL like it – Just OBEY God!

·      It’s easier to ACT your way to a FEELING, then to FEEL your way to an ACTION!


Fight the Good Fight of Faith

·      II Samuel 11:1 “And it came to pass… at the time when kings go forth to battle… David tarried still at Jerusalem.”

·      I Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”

·      Fight (Gr. - Agōnizou) – to contend or struggle for a prize (where we get our word “agonize”)

·      Hebrews 12:1 “Therefore; since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. (2) Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…”