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Hide Your Life In Christ

HIDE YOUR LIFE IN CHRIST
COLOSSIANS 3:1-7

INTRODUCTION:
     A.    God does not want to condemn man; II Peter 3:9
     B.    The goal of God’s people is heaven; Philippians 3:13-14
     C.    Those who seek heaven will give themselves to Christ; Philippians 1:21
     D.    Our study deals with the thought “Hide Your Life In Christ”

I.    THE CONTEXT:
     A.    Paul points out that those who have “been raised with Christ” are complete; Colossians                  2:6-7,  10
           1.    “Dead to the world”; Colossians 2:18
           2.    “Mortify” (put to death) evil practices; Colossians 3:5
     B.    “Heaven Bound” souls are separated from the old life; Colossians 3:8-9
     C.    The life “hid in Christ” will be lived as a new man; Colossians 3:10; 
            II Corinthians 5:17

II.    WHAT IS A LIFE HID IN CHRIST?    
    A.    A life with a goal or objective to “live Christ”; Philippians 1:21
          1.    A life in which Christ is allowed to live; Colossians 1:27
          2.    A life under the control of Christ; Colossians 3:16-17
    B.    The purpose is to serve Christ; James 1:22; Hebrews 9:14
    C.    “A Life Hid In Christ” will be lived:
          1.    In sexual purity; Colossians 3:5
          2.    Seeking emotional balance; Colossians 3:8-9
          3.    To help others; Colossians 3:12-13
          4.    In love; Colossians 3:14
          5.    In peace; Colossians 3:15; Romans 12:18

III.    WHEN CHRIST, OUR LIFE, SHALL APPEAR:  Colossians 3:4
     A.    No man knows; II Peter 3:10-12
           1.    The dead will be raised; I Thessalonians 4:13-16
           2.    “The earth will be burned up”; II Peter 3:10
           3.    Judgment Day will become a reality; Matthew 25:31-46
     B.    Those whose lives have been lived for Christ will receive a new body; 
            Philippians 3:20-21; I John 3:1-3; II Corinthians 5:1, 8

CONCLUSION:
A.    Where is your treasure?
B.    Are you one of God’s “offspring”?  Acts 17:28
C.    Will you “Hide your Life in Christ” and lay hold on eternity?