[The apostle Paul wrote,]
1 If ye then
be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where
Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.]
[As a child of God you are an heir to His glorious kingdom and you are a
child of the resurrection. Glory
to God, you are, right now, living the resurrection life!]
[As we have worked our way through the book of Colossians we have
discovered much about this resurrection life we enjoy.
We have discovered our,]
Renewal – Putting on the new man and putting off the old worldly
Relationships – What a resurrection husband, wife, child, and
servant looks like.]
Connection – Our direct and personal communication with our Heavenly
Communication – First, communicate intimately with God through
prayer. Second, communicate the
glorious gospel to those around you.]
[What a wonder and glory our lives will be if we live the resurrection
life every moment of every day.]
[Last week we focused on the resurrection proclamation that ought
pour out of our lives as we discover the delight of living this
Christian life in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Is there a delight permeating your walk with Christ?
Is there joy deep down in your heart?
Is there joyfulness in your home and family?
Is there an evident joy in the lives of your children and youth?
If not why not?]
[Christians, living this resurrection life, spoken of by the Apostle
Paul ought to be happy and rejoicing.
Now, someone might say, “Preacher, do you have any idea how my week
has gone? My marriage is a
wreck. I have aches and pains in
my body. The doctor looks at me
with great concern in his eye.
My children are struggling in life.
And you say there ought to be joy and happiness in my Christian
[Do you know where Paul was when he was writing to the Colossian Church
and encouraging them to live out the resurrection life?
Paul is in prison, and prison in ancient Roman days was no pleasant
place to be. What Paul is saying
is that in spite of your circumstances and situation in life you can know
and live out the wonder of the resurrection each and every day.]
[In living out the resurrection life you have in Christ there ought to
be a clear resurrection communication with all those who are around you.
They ought to see the wonder of the resurrection in your body
language and hear about the Lord of the resurrection from your words.
Last week as I preached this resurrection communication to you I
ended by sharing with you that there should be a resurrection compassion
that ought to permeate your resurrection proclamation.
But due to the time I did not have time to preach that point to you
last week. Therefore, today we
will focus on this Resurrection Compassion that MUST permeate our
Permeate Our Resurrection Compassion,
A Purposeful Promotion (vs 6;
Eph 2.8-10; Rom 6.23; 5.18; Matt 12.34-37)
Let your speech
be alway with grace,
. . . – Our words ought to
always be permeated with GRACE.
What is grace? We best
understand grace by comparing it to justice and mercy.]
is getting what you deserve
is not getting what you deserve
is getting what you do not deserve
[We are saved
by God’s grace. The bible says,]
8 For by
ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:
it is the
gift of God: 9 Not of
works, lest any man should boast. 10
For we are his workmanship,
created in Christ
Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we
should walk in them.]
[The Apostle Paul wrote,]
23 For the
wages of sin is death; but the
gift of God
is eternal life through
Jesus Christ our Lord.]
have said that grace is the unmerited gift of God, and indeed it is.]
– The giving of a gift – If I were to give you this pen as a gift
(hold out an ink pen), when would it become yours?
Many might answer, “When you give it to me.”
I am holding it out, is the pen yours yet? (Them not having taken
it.) Many will then give a
corrected answer, “The pen becomes mine when I take it.”
That is correct.]
[If I were to
give you this pen for a dollar, is it a gift?
The obvious answer is no.
That is because the pen would have been purchased for a dollar.
Salvation is the free gift of God.]
as by the offence of one judgment
came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of
came upon all men unto justification of life. ]
merely represents our work, and when we purchase something we are buying it
with money earned by the sweat of our brow or our work.
But our work cannot earn us salvation, for salvation is the free gift
of God given us through grace.
God has given us something we do not deserve and He provided this gift
through what the Lord Jesus Christ did on Calvary’s Cross.]
grace, this characteristic of giving someone something they do not deserve,
must permeate our Resurrection Compassion and Proclamation.]
Them What They Deserve -
Think about this for a moment.
Have you ever given much thought to where divisions between people
come from? Where do hard
feelings come from? Where does
hatred and bitterness come from?
Where do fights and struggles come from?
They come from someone who believes that they have been wronged and
feels that someone owes them something.
Whether a mere apology is owed or some recompense is owed, they feel
like something is due and they decide to hold that debt to the other persons
Christians exercise the grace modeled by our Lord Jesus Christ, then we will
forgive the debt, whatever it is, and provide grace to the unworthy
recipient. We will give far more
than they deserve. This is what
Jesus did for us. Many born
again Christians cannot truly give grace in their communication because
there is no grace in their heart.
They are bitter and harbor some perceived wrong and as a result their
communication is permeated with bitterness rather than grace.]
Our Words Come From – Do you remember where our Lord Jesus Christ said
your words come from?]
generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things?
for out of the
abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
A good man out of
the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an
evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
36 But I say unto you, That every
idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day
of judgment. 37 For by thy words
thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.]
[If grace is in
your heart, then grace will permeate your communications.
Grace will be evident in your body language.
Grace will be seen in your eyes.
Grace will flow through your words and no hypocrisy will be mingled
Christian’s are having today is that they fail to realize that having your
speech always with grace is far more than what you say.
It is more about who you are in your heart and mind.]
[Think about a life permeated with
a Husband and Wife – How would a grace filled marriage relationship be
if it were permeated with grace?
It would be glorious and joyful.
Not without tests and trials, but even those trials could be transformed by
a healthy dose of grace.]
Parents and Children – Those differences that strive to divide us could
be brought under a new light.]
Us and Those Who Have Wronged Us – There would be the potential of
your communication with grace, and giving someone more than what they
deserve, must start in your heart and work its way out of your
communications. It will bring
the resurrection life into your daily affairs and transform the way you talk
to people. Our Resurrection
Proclamation must be permeated with Grace.]
Purposeful Promotion implied by our Grace filled speech means that we
elevated other people to the point where they are more important than our
hurts or our perceived offenses.
This is what our Lord Jesus Christ did for us.
He sacrificed all of His rights and honor and in grace took our
offenses upon Himself. This is
what we must do if we will be the Resurrection Christians we want to be.]
A Purifying Preservation (vs
6) [- Let your speech
be alway with grace,
seasoned with salt,
. . . – What does salt do?]
(Psalm 119.9; 34.11) [–Years ago
if someone cut themselves and didn’t have anything else to purify the wound
with they would use a little salt or salt water.
Pour some salt water on a sore and it will sting.
Why does it sting?
Because the salt has a purifying effect on the sore.
Even today if a person gets a certain kind of condition on their feet
they might be told to soak their feet in Epson salt.
The salt will work to purify the condition.
Salt has a purifying affect.]
passage tells us to temper our graceful communications with a kind of
purifying agent or salt. What
this teaches us is that our communication must be a graceful gift, but it
must be a gift with a purpose, it must have a purifying effect on those we
communicate with. So, how do we
apply purification to our graceful communications?]
shall a young man
his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.]
11 Come, ye
children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.]
Resurrection Christian communicates he should speak with grace and purifying
purpose in his heart and words.
The psalmist called out to his children and spoke to them of the fear of the
friends never use love as an excuse to obscure the truth.
The salt of the Resurrected Lord within us causes us to be a
purifying factor in our communications.]
(Psalm 37.30-31;119.46; Rom 1.16)
[– It wasn’t too many years ago when just about everybody used salt to
preserve meat. They would
take the salt and rub it into the meat and the meat would be preserved.
The idea of the preserving effect of salt teaches us that we, as
Resurrection Christian’s, ought to be a preserving influence in our
communications ought to bring a preserving influence upon those around us.]
30 The mouth
of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.
31 The law of his God
is in his heart; none of his
steps shall slide. ]
46 I will
speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed. ]
16 For I am
not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto
salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the
[My friends if
the preserving influence of the salt is never rubbed into the meat then it
can have no effect. Likewise, we
must proclaim the resurrection message, declaring the gospel of our Lord
Jesus Christ, and the truth of God’s Word without shame.
For the Word of God is our Message.]
(vs 6; Matt 5.13) [–
. . . seasoned with salt . . . -
Salt heightens flavor, it seasons.
Spiritual salt, or the salt in our commination ought to add to our
lives, not detract from our lives.
We all know how just a touch of salt can greatly season the food that
we eat. It elevates the flavor
in the food and makes it taste better.
Likewise, our Resurrection Proclamation ought to greatly enhance the
gospel message of our Lord Jesus Christ.]
13 Ye are the
salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it
be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be
trodden under foot of men. ]
argued that Jesus did not know what He was taking about, because pure salt
is the most stable compound on earth.
Salt never loses its savor.
These folks just do not know the chemistry of ancient salt around
[The salt was
collected from around the Dead Sea and was not pure salt.
It was salt rich with minerals.
Moisture would affect the salt over time.
The salt would melt away leaving only the minerals which were bitter
and could even be harmful in large quantities.
Hence, once the seasoning salt was gone the minerals were often
dumped out in the streets for the minerals would even keep plants and crops
picture here is that of a Christian losing their seasoning influence on
their culture and the world. If
we lose our savor or saltiness then what worldly good are we?
Without our salt we will have no purifying, preserving, or promoting
influence. My friends don’t ever
lose your saltiness. Bring
flavor to life by being a Resurrection Christian.]
A Planned Proclamation (vs 6)
[- Let your speech
be alway with grace, seasoned with salt,
that ye may know
how ye ought to answer every man. – Two things are contained
in this last phrase of our text and these two things help us to understand
what we must do if we would be Graceful and Salty in our Resurrection
Compassion and proclamation.]
(2 Tim 2.15) [-
. . . that ye may know how . . . –
This preparation reminds us of,]
[2 Timothy 2:15
15 Study to
shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed,
rightly dividing the word of truth. ]
[Far too many
Christians have become lazy in their faith.]
[Is there a
Jehovah’s Witness you need to witness to?
Then figure out how to witness to a Jehovah’s Witness.]
[Is there a
Muslim you need to witness to?
Then figure out how to witness to a Muslim.]
[Is there an
Atheist you need to witness to?
Then figure out how to witness to an Atheist.]
preparations and witness to them in compassionate grace seasoned with salt
and give them a worthy answer.
You ought to know how to witness to those God has given you to witness to.
If you really love them then you will make your preparations.
is the worst kind of hatred, it is far worse than all out wrath, for it
just does not care about the eternal soul of a human being.]
ought to know how they ought to speak and hence ought to study to make their
(Rom 10.13-17) [-
. . . ye ought to answer every man – The Apostle Paul desired that a
door of utterance would be opened to him.
He wanted to share the mystery of Christ with all the world,
regardless of who they might be.
whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
How then shall they
call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in
him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
15 And how shall they
preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of
them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
16 But they have not all obeyed
the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
So then faith
cometh by hearing, and
hearing by the word of God.]
friend you ought to want to go to our lost world and you ought to go,]
Determined Diligence – being prepared.]
Grace Filled Desire]
CrossRoads Baptist Church, June 27, 2010
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