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  • As a kid, I would sometimes try to build a Rube Goldberg machine. Do you know what that is? A Rube Goldberg machine is named after cartoonist Rube Goldberg. Rube Goldberg drew cartoons of extremely complex devices that accomplished a very simple task.
    Do you remember the board game mousetrap? That was a Rube Goldberg machine. A lever might start a ball rolling down a track that would hit a bucket that would tip over; sand would pour out and weigh down one side of a teeter toter, which would lift a pole that would trigger weight on the pully, and so on.
    In the 1940s as the country became more industrialized, people were entertained by Rube Goldberg's comics. I was delighted trying to build these machines using blocks — Tinker toys, legos, Hotwheels cars, and dominos.
    What entertains us is the complexity of these pieces working together. What we find funny is based on the fallacy that complex is somehow smarter. What is funny is that the end task is so surprisingly simple that it could have been accomplished with one very step. It is probably something inherent in human nature that we think the complex is somehow smarter.
    We even do this in our Christianity. We add complexity. We look for complicated systems of Christian living. We have a longing for a better life, for our churches to be better, for our families to be better, and we assume that means more complexity. We read the Bible, but we feel we need to extra knowledge to it. The Gospel is great, it is a starting place, now we want to move on. I want to learn more, I need more. Churches do this. There are large organizations, and complex books and, large systems are developed, there are Seminaries, and we go on and on layering on things to this machine that Christianity in 2019.
    But what if it does not have to be that complex? What if it is really simple?
    Oddly, when we read through this book, the guide for Christianity, very little is said about all these systems that are in place.
    Today's text is from the book of Colossians. Colossians Chapter 1 on page 1165 of the worship Bibles. The Book of Colossians is another letter that the apostle Paul wrote from prison. Paul is writing to the Church in the city of Colossae. Now Paul had probably never even been to this Church. He had just heard about it. False teachers were influencing the Christians. They probably all agreed about the necessity of Christ. That Christ is necessary for salvation. That was most likely not a problem, but what the false teachers were doing was they were adding things on. Things like philosophy or special knowledge. That there were spiritual forces influencing Christians and they needed some special knowledge of Angles or other spiritual beings to combat them.
    Paul writes them, he writes to let let them know a very simple message. All they need to be accepted by God is Christ. Oh sure they still have to grow, but they have all they need by being united with Christ. This unity with Christ is not only necessary for salvation-but it is also Sufficient. That means that Christ is all you need.
    With Thanksgiving right around the corner we will look at the first section of the first chapter of this letter, sometimes titled the Thanksgiving and prayer. Before we read God’s word, let’s pray and ask Him by the Holy Spirit to awaken us to what God has spoken.
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    Colossians 1:1–14 NIV
    1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, 2 To God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ: Grace and peace to you from God our Father. 3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people— 5 the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel 6 that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. 7 You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, 8 and who also told us of your love in the Spirit. 9 For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, 10 so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, 12 and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. 13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
    Paul starts the letter as usual,
    Colossians 1:1–2 NIV
    1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, 2 To God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ: Grace and peace to you from God our Father.
    He mentions something important right at the beginning here that figures important in the letter and in this whole section. To God’s holy people-In Colossae, then in Christ-. In literary terms is a parallel, it is a way to make a point. In Colossae -In Christ. These Holy people, the faithful brothers and sisters are united together in Christ. In a group, apart from the rest of the world.
    Paul frames this section with this idea, let me jump down to verse 13 for a minute here.
    Colossians 1:13 NIV
    13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves,
    The people in Colossae who are in Christ, are together in this. Those united to Christ are the us, in verse 13, and they together have been rescued. For HE-that is God the Father has rescued us, from the dominion of darkness. Has-not will-not someday-has rescued-US those united with Christ out of the dominion or rule of darkness- the spiritual forces of evil, or of Satans kingdom- God the Father has rescued us out , and then did not just leave us-but has brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves. I want you to notice something here, who is the one doing the action here- He God the Father- God the Father is the one performing the action and what does he do-
    God the Father-Rescues US-and brings us into the kingdom of the Son, he loves. God the Father rescues US and brings us out.. Again Paul is using US, but he is not there he probably has not been there, he may know very few of them, yet those that are IN CHRIST are the US. It doesn’t matter that they have never met or are separated by large distance or prison bars, or race, or age, or even time. IF you are in CHRIST you are part of that group. Just as sure as you and I sitting here we If we are United with Christ Have been brought out of the dominion of darkness and are together in the kingdom of Jesus. Not everyone Not everyone who walks in the Church, or even signs up for Church-just those united in Christ.
    Colossians 1:3 NIV
    3 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you,
    This bond that Paul shares with these Christians is important to him. So he always thanks God the Father when he prays for them. He has that connection out there separated by miles, and prison bars, yet he feels he needs to Thank God for them whenever he prays for them. Just a wild thought. Do you suppose there is anyone out there praying for us? What if there was someone out there thanking God the Father for us, what if we were thanking God the Father for someone out there? Wouldn’t that be cool-we should research a church, maybe someone here has a friend at a church far away, and we can be thanking God the Father for them?
    Wait what would we thank God the Father for? Well there are two important things that Paul thanks God the Father for.
    Colossians 1:4 NIV
    4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people—
    The two things that Paul is thanking God the Father for is their faith in Christ, and their love for God’s people
    Thanking God the Father for
    Their Faith in Christ.
    They have faith. That is first thing Paul thanks God for. They recognize or understand that in order to be part of the family of God you have to have faith in Christ. They have faith-recognizing that Christ is necessary for salvation. This is a good thing to be thanking God for. There are many other churches, or religions, or groups, that do not recognize that Christ is necessary. Some churches may think that well as long as you are sincere in whatever you believe you do not need Christ. Or others think it depends on wether you have been good or bad. Maybe you do not know Jesus, that is ok if you are good person.But is that what the Bible teaches, well here what paul is saying does not appear so, and then in John Jesus himself says something regarding this.
    John 14:6 NIV
    6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
    No one--No One comes to the Father EXCEPT through Jesus. This is what is called a necessary condition in logic. No one— that is exclusive, there is not a person, not some, or a few NO ONE comes to Father - UNLESS they go through Jesus. Jesus is saying that He is NECESSARY for salvation.
    Christ is necessary for salvation.
    There is also a second thing that Paul thanks God the Father for.
    Colossians 1:4 NIV
    4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people—
    and the love you have for all God’s people.
    Thanking God the Father for
    the love for all God’s people.
    God’s people love one another. These are two marks of a group united in Christ. They have faith in Christ and they love God’s people. We are united with all people. All people have not been brought out of the dominion of darkness into the kingdom of Jesus. Only those that faith in Christ or only those that recognize the necessity of Christ AND the love for all God’s people.
    This important. We are not all united. We are not together as brothers and sisters with all groups. Paul is praying for them and thanking God the Father for them because of these traits, faith in Christ and love for all God’s people these are the marks of those that are together.
    Where do these traits come from?
    Colossians 1:5 NIV
    5 the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel
    This faith and love---here in the NIV—spring from-as in a spring of water that bubbles over-or in the ESV or NASB because of or as a result of the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the TRUE message of the gospel.
    The gospel isn’t ineffective. It has results. Quick simple direct results. There is not this complicated series of steps that a church needs to love one another, or to be part of the kingdom of Jesus it is really very simple and direct. You hear the true message of the gospel, and you hear about hope that is stored up for you in heaven.
    In Ephesians it is called our inheritance.
    Ephesians 1:14 NIV
    14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.
    it is guaranteed. or in
    1 Peter 1:4 NIV
    4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,
    It can never perish, spoil or fade.
    It is like this-we hear the true Gospel-- we believe----and we have hope that is laid up for us in heaven it is there just waiting for us. IT is a certain hope- We talked about this back in Romans 5, not a cross your fingers hope, but Biblical hope hope that is already there we are just waiting for it to be made manifest. We already have it we just need to collect it, and we will.
    That kind of hope causes or results in faith and love for all God’s people. The Gospel has results, hope that in turn gives us faith and love. This makes sense doesn’t it? It is so simple it makes perfect sense. If you believe the gospel, and that you have this inheritance already in heaven waiting for you, then in all other matters you will have faith. Will God leave me or forsake me? No he said that I have an inheritance waiting for me-gauanteed, that will not perish of fade, of course we will have faith. If we all we need in heaven and we are Knowing we are going to collect it would be easy to love all of God’s people.
    There is no need for things antithetical to love like jealousy, I have all I need, or why would we need to be prideful God has all this for us. It makes sense that with this heavenly vision, faith and assurance that we have Christ, we would love one another.
    These results of the gospel not only should be here in us in our local group, but this same principal is occuring all over the world.
    Colossians 1:6 NIV
    6 that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace.
    In the same way Paul writes what is happening in your group is happening in the world. The gospel is not ineffective. It bears fruit. It has results. Paul can see that the results that are occuring elsewhere in the world are occuring right there in Colossae. We don;t have to ask what is that church doing over there? What strange system or new methodology do they have in place?
    It is the gospel-the true gospel. People believe the true gospel-they now have a sure and certain hope laid up for them in heaven and it produces in them faith in Christ, they act in faith, and they have love for God’s people. Simple. And if it is there, the true gospel that is, the fruit that we see all over the world is the same fruit that we see right here.
    Paul will later write about this more. That they have everything they need. That Christ supplies everything needed. Paul will go on to say in the rest of the book that not only is Christ necessary but Christ is sufficient.
    Christ is necessary and sufficient.
    Are you trying to complicate matters? Are you trying to add things to Christ. Christ is necessary for salvation and sufficient. Our belief in the gospel, gives us hope. A hope of an inheritance laid up for us in heaven that is the cause of our faith, and our love for all God’s people. We do not need to add anything to it. We have the gospel we are united by our common faith and love. We are untied with others who COd the Father has rescued out of darkness into the kingdom of the Son He loves. We are all together.
    It happens we get sidetracked thinking we need more. Thinking there must be something we add to this. It is understandable even the Church at Colossae fell into that trap, but the answer, the simple solution is to turn back to Christ. To back toward the sufficiency of Christ. Christ is all we need. We have everything we need in Jesus. Jesus is the ultimate award our future with Christ is what we are hoping in. This is what is effective and what produces love for all God’s people and a Church operating in faith.
    we ought to see something, the gospel is effective.
    In a few minutes here, we are going to put into practice exactly what I am talking about. We come together and celebrate communion. It is a meal where we feast on the bread and wine. Of course a small portion of bread, and a tiny cup of wine is not a feast. But it is representative. remember Jesus said in John 6:35
    John 6:35 NIV
    35 Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
    Bread is necessary for life, and Jesus said whoever comes to me will never go hungry he is also stating his sufficiency.
    We we gather around the communion table and share in this meal we are saying we trust in Christ for the forgiveness of our sins, Jesus is necessary to cleanse us, and we are also saying He is all we need he is all satisfying and completely sufficient for us. ANd we come together as this changes people, in faith with Love for God’s people.SO will the usher’s please come forward.
      • Colossians 1:1–14NIV2011

      • Colossians 1:1–2NIV2011

      • Colossians 1:13NIV2011

      • Colossians 1:3NIV2011

      • Colossians 1:4NIV2011

      • John 14:6NIV2011

      • Colossians 1:4NIV2011

      • Colossians 1:5NIV2011

      • Ephesians 1:14NIV2011

      • 1 Peter 1:4NIV2011

      • Colossians 1:6NIV2011

      • John 6:35NIV2011

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