Bible Study 2016

PREAMBLE: The book Colossians was written by Paul from Rome about 64 AD and sent with Ephesians and Philemon by Tychicous: Paul had learned that there were false teachers in the church of Colosse who insisted that in order to know God and have full salvation, Christians must also worship certain spiritual rulers and authorities, these teachers said, people must submit to special rites such as circumcision and must observe strict rules about foods and other matters.
Paul writes to oppose these teaching with the true Christians massage. The heart of his reply is that Jesus Christ is able to give full salvation and that these other beliefs and practices actually lead people away from him. Through Christ, God created the world, and through him he is bringing it back to himself. Only the union with christ is their HOPE of salvation for the world. Paul then spelt out the implications of this great teaching for the lives of believers.
Paul concluded that practical Holiness is shown to spring from truth and faith in God. One can not grow into Christ, but he may grow in knowledge, experience and fullness of grace benefits by virtue of being in Christ and walking in the light. (Col.1:23; 2:6-7).
STUDY 1: HOW CHRIST CAN INDWELL US
Bible reading: Col.1:26-27, Rom.8:10, 2 Cor.5:107.
Introduction: Christ living in us by His Holy Spirit is our assurance of future glory and eternal life. (Ephesians. 1:13-14; 4:30). Only Christ inner presence and our ongoing intimate companionship and interaction with him can remove any doubt about being with him forever in heaven (Rom.8:11) . To have Christ is to have life (John 17:3; 1 John 5:11-12)
Because sin has filled every part of human existence including the physical aspect of our being, our bodies must either die or be transformed (1-11 Cor.15:50-54; 1 Thes. 4:13-17). Yet if we follow Christ and his spirit lives in us we now experience a spiritually transformed and renewed life “by his spirit” (Rom.8:11). That means that we can enjoy a personal relationship with God now, but also that our bodies will one day be raised to new life in eternity with God.
Question for discussion
1. Who are we if Christ is not living in us? (Rom.7:14-24; 3:23, 1Pet. 2:25).
2. Why must Christ then live in us? 1 Cor. 15:50-54; Gen. 2:7; John14:6; Acts 4 :12; Heb.19:20). Our Body is dead because of sin.
3. What can we do if we have to battle against all that want to limit God’s work and purpose in our lives. Rom.6:11-19. Sin is always trying to regain control.
4. What are the spiritual conflicts we have to deal with before Christ can dwell in us fully? Gal.5:16-21; James 4:1 and 1Pet.2:11).
5. Compare 2 Cor.5:17 and Col.1:27 is there any difference between “been in Christ” and “Christ been in us”? Discuss with ref to John 14:10 &11
Conclusion: As Christians we must continually decide whether we will surrender to sinful desires or to the demands of God’s nature and character in which we now take part. Gal.5:16, 18, 2 Pet. 1:4). We must “motify the deed of the body” by relying on the power of the Holy Spirit to resist and overcome temptations, we must also replace ungodly desires with godly pursuits, practices and purposes (2 Cor.10:5)
STUDY 2 THE GLORY OUR HOPE: OUR GOAL
Bible readings: Col.1:26-27; Rom.8:18; 19, 24, 25; Jer.29:11; John14:2-3.
Introduction: Just as the presence of an engine in a vehicle guarantee the movement of the vehicle from one point to the other, so also the presence of the spirit of Christ in us assures us of our eternity with the Lord. Without the engine in the vehicle no matter how beautifully designed is useless.
The most miserable thing that can happen to man/woman is to pass through this sinful world without the hope of His glory. However, there is a qualification for a man/woman before he can enjoy that glory. It is not just Sunday worship, regular payment of church dues and tithes or other church activities. God has a standard which can not be compromised (Ps. 15:1-5; 24:3-5)
It is unfortunate that millions of worshippers today troupe in and out of our Churches without this assurance. All their concerns is miracles, and prosperity, no more no less. This is very pathetic. Is it because they are not told (Rom.10-17) or they are tired of hearing? (Matt.13:15; Heb.5:11-14)
Question for discussion
1. There is no journey without a destination. Why is it necessary for you to give your life to Jesus? Of what importance is this hope to you? Rom.8:18,19,24,25. God never wasted any life that is truly and sincerely surrendered to him. Politicians can abandoned you after you have put in your best to serve them, God can never do that.
2. Of what significance is this hope of glory? Consider Moses dealing with God Exodus 16:9-10,24:16-18; 33:1868 and the incidence at the dedication of Solomon’s temple. 2 Chro. 7:1-3. Until the Lord finds the right type of person, the hope of glory will have to wait. Until God found Moses usable the deliverance of the Israelite had to wait.
3. To have Christ is to have life (John 17:1-3; 1 John5:11-12) Explain the experience of the three Apostle who had a taste of the glory of God in Lk.9:27-36 and Mk.9:2-7. What can we do to have similar experience?
4. Eternal life is not only a future hope but also a present reality that is based on faith in Christ and the opportunity to enjoy companionship with him. Consider the glory of God as manifested in the life of the following; what is the secrete behind these?
i) Daniel in lion’s den; his testimony and experience Dan.6:3-4, 19-23
ii) There Hebrew brothers – their testimony and experience Dan.3:12; 23-26
iii) Peter in the prison Acts12:5-8.
Conclusion: to enter his glory is the utmost benefit that God has designed for all believers. No worldly position can ever be compared with entering his glory. We should therefore be willing to do away with all that will hinder us of this eternal benefit and be ready to surrender all that is within our reach guarantee us his glory. Our good God is a reward er of those who diligently seek and serve him with their lives. Do not be left out.

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