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Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Colossians 2:13-15

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Intro: A fierce battle has been raging since long before man was placed in the garden of Eden. Satan who was one of God's chief angels rebelled against God's authority. When God created the earth and gave it to man Satan sought immediately and successfully to bring it under His dominion by enlisting man to trespass against God's commands.
A. Through trespassing man became the slave of Satan.
1. He began His tyrannical reign, bringing man into the bondage of corruption.
2. But ere man left the garden God promised "You shall some day be freed" "the seed of the woman shall bruise his head."
B. "By one man's trespasses and disobedience sin enters."
1. Man's trespasses multiplied.
a. So also did his miseries and woes, a definite correlation.
2. God finally laid out the rules of life for man.
a. The keys to happiness, longevity, prosperity.
b. What was ordained for life became death for it just multiplied transgressions.
c. Man rejected the rules, went deeper into bondage.
C. "Having forgiven you all trespasses."
1. God has provided for a select group of men forgiveness "you".
2. Who are these fortunate people? verses 9-13
A. God took on human form and came down to the battle ground to meet the enemy in a decisive battle.
1. As Jesus left the upper room with his disciples and began to walk around the Mt. of Olives, every evil force in the universe mustered behind Satan to defeat His purposes.
a. We who have experienced the pressure of the attack from some of the lesser demons have some small idea what if must have been like for Him to face the combined.
2. The allies of Christ fell early in the battle the enemy put them to sleep.
a. Alone He faces onslaught after onslaught until His sweat like blood falls to the earth.
b. Alone he wins the victory and as the sweaty blood begins to dry on His face He walks with the soldiers to the High Priest.
c. He is soon to display his victory before the world. Where? On the cross!
B. Through the cross the enemy was spoiled.
1. Weapons were taken away.
a. Satan with sharp sword of law.
b. Death with his quiver of arrows.
c. Sin Satan's armor bearer, shield crushes.
d. Our enemies totally disarmed.
1. Satan still comes as a roaring lion.
2. Jesus took all our sin and guilt, He died in our place - now offers liberty to the captive the opening of the prison doors.
A. Roman triumph - greatest honor afforded a general, by the senate.
1. On set day gates to city opened - houses decorated.
a. First legion entered banners flying trumpets.
b. Center of parade chariot milk white horses crowned with laurel standing erect. Chained to chariot kings and mighty men he conquered.
c. Next the booty of war.
d. Then the rest of the legions.
e. Finally all of the banners.
B. The cross is the ground of his ultimate triumph.
1. The gates of heaven flung open.
a. Amidst the shouts of victory came the legions from the Old Testament period Abel - Enoch - Noah - Abraham - Samuel - David - Elijah.
2. In the center of procession our Lord.
Sermon Notes for Colossians 2:8 ← Prior Section
Sermon Notes for Colossians 2:13-17 Next Section →
Sermon Notes for Philippians 1 ← Prior Book
Sermon Notes for 1 Thessalonians 1:3 Next Book →

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