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He Must Increase!

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Where do divisions and fightings among God’s people come from?
From pride and division. A doctrinal discussion between the Jews and John’s disciples turned into a jealous disagreement.
How do we guard against division?

Embrace Your Assignment (22-30)

John understood His role. He was the Voice crying the wilderness preparing the way! He was the bestman at the wedding party. The attention was not supposed to be on him, but on the Bridegroom!
What has God called you to do where you are currently? How are you making Christ known?
One calling we all have is to grow in Christ. Christ must increase in our lives!
What to pursue
Colossians 3:1–3 ESV
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
What to put off
Colossians 3:5–9 ESV
Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices
What to put on
Colossians 3:10–15 ESV
and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all. Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.
Our unity is based on our Common Savior, not the color of our skin.

Recognize Christ’s Authority (31-35)

The Authority of His Witness
Christ came from above. His authority has been witnessed by the Father and the Holy Spirit.
The Father has given Him all authority.
The Spirit has sealed.
The Authority of His Word
The Word of Christ is true.
Wherever there is a dependence upon the word of man rather than the Word of God there will always be division.
Peace comes by embracing God’s Word, not as stick to beat others, but as a standard to rule over my own life. We submit to the Word.
Colossians 3:16–17 ESV
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Believe in the Son’s Atonement (36)

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey, will not see life...”
To believe is to obey and to obey is to believe.
Konrad Adenhaur chancellor of Germany met with Billy Graham in 1963. Billy Graham recalled:
After the greeting, the Chancellor suddenly turned to me and said, “Mr. Graham, what is the most important thing in the world?” Before I could answer, he had answered his own question. He said, “The resurrection of Jesus Christ. If Jesus Christ is alive, then there is hope for the world. If Jesus Christ is in the grave, then I don’t see the slightest glimmer of hope on the horizon.” Then he amazed me by saying that he believed that the resurrection of Christ was one of the best-attested facts of history.
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