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					Principles of Christian Living
Lesson 9
Lesson Text—Hebrews 6:1-3


    Hebrews 6:1-3
    1 Therefore leaving the principles of

    the doctrine of Christ, let us go on
    unto perfection; not laying again the
    foundation of repentance from dead
    works, and of faith toward God,
Lesson Text—Hebrews 6:1-3


    2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of
    laying on of hands, and of
    resurrection of the dead, and of
    eternal judgment.
    3 And this will we do, if God permit.
Lesson Text—Hebrews 6:7-10

                 Hebrews 6:7-10
     7 For the earth which drinketh in the

     rain that cometh oft upon it, and
     bringeth forth herbs meet for them by
     whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing
     from God:
     8 But that which beareth thorns and

     briers is rejected, and is nigh unto
        cursing; whose end is to be burned.
Lesson Text—Hebrews 6:7-10

     9 But, beloved, we are persuaded
     better things of you, and things that
     accompany salvation, though we thus
     speak.
     10 For God is not unrighteous to forget

     your work and labour of love, which ye
     have shewed toward his name, in that
       ye have ministered to the saints, and
            do minister.
Lesson Text—Hebrews 6:11-15


     Hebrews 6:11-15
     11 And we desire that every one of you

     do shew the same diligence to the full
     assurance of hope unto the end:
     12 That ye be not slothful, but

     followers of them who through faith
     and patience inherit the promises.
Lesson Text—Hebrews 6:11-15


     13 For when God made promise to
     Abraham, because he could swear by
     no greater, he sware by himself,
     14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless

     thee, and multiplying I will multiply
     thee.
     15 And so, after he had patiently

         endured, he obtained the promise.
Lesson Text—Hebrews 6:16-19


     Hebrews 6:16-19
     16 For men verily swear by the

     greater: and an oath for confirmation
     is to them an end of all strife.
     17 Wherein God, willing more
     abundantly to shew unto the heirs of
     promise the immutability of his
         counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
Lesson Text—Hebrews 6:16-19


     18 That by two immutable things, in
     which it was impossible for God to
     lie, we might have a strong
     consolation, who have fled for refuge
     to lay hold upon the hope set before
     us:
Lesson Text—Hebrews 6:16-19


     19Which hope we have as an anchor
     of the soul, both sure and stedfast,
     and which entereth into that within
     the veil.
Focus Verse—Colossians 2:6


             Colossians 2:6
     As ye therefore received Christ
    Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him.
 Focus Thought



Truth and direction in life are in
         Jesus Christ.
      CONTEMPLATING THE
I. Truth Is in Jesus Christ
                TOPIC
    Many voices in our day claim they
 have the answers to life. However,
 individuals must come to their own
 realization of what life is all about. Life’s
 joys and problems are rooted in each
 person’s answers to three important
 questions.
    1. Who am I?
    2. Where did I come from?
    3. Where am I going?
I.   Truth Is in Jesus Christ the
         Philosophies and suppositions
      abound regarding the origin of
      human race. Some would like to
      believe mankind is just one stage of an
      evolutionary progression. They
      erroneously teach that man evolved
      from the animal kingdom or some
      lower species. Others wrongly believe
      we are human forms of some spiritual
      beings that have existed for all eternity.
      All of these voices make it necessary
I.             Is in Jesus perspective of
     Truthto gain a properChrist
      that people establish who they are in
      order
      the purpose of their existence and
      where that purpose is leading them.
         An animal exists only in this life with
      no eternal destiny in view. Sadly,
      people who do not understand their
      origin tend to adopt this attitude. Even
      though they enjoy the best of the
      earth’s bounty and resources, they still
      fall into “foolish and hurtful lusts,
        which drown men in destruction and
              perdition” (I Timothy 6:9).
I.                           Christ
     Truth Is in Jesusignoring that they
      They live as if there were no reckoning
      day and no eternity,
      are created in the image of God.
         Many individuals believe life is
      merely an existence, a time to amass
      wealth and possessions and satisfy
      carnal appetites. This mindset is
      nothing new. Like the foolish rich man
      in Luke 12, they say to their soul,
      “Soul, thou hast much goods laid up
      for many years; take thine ease, eat,
       drink, and be merry” (Luke 12:19).
      Since they do not believe in a God
I.    who will in Jesus Christ
     Truth Isrequire accountability, they
      do not fear eternal punishment;
      consequently, they indulge in the
      pleasures of sin. The joy of knowing
      that God created mankind puts to rest
      the notion that man can live like an
      animal. When individuals realize God
      has a specific purpose for every
      human, they see a God who loves
      them.
      They then base their life’s purpose on
I.    the “will in Jesus Christ
     Truth Is of God.” Jesus becomes the
      truth, and this vantage point reveals
      all errors, allowing believers to
      establish deep roots of faith in the
      Lord Jesus.
            SEARCHING THE
I. Truth   Is in Jesus Christ
               SCRIPTURES

   I. TRUTH IS IN JESUS CHRIST
         A. Assurance of
            Understanding
     When one views life from a strictly
  human perspective, it seems complex
  and futile. Hope is not an innate human
  trait.
    The result of Jesus Christ
I. Truth Is in mankind’s reasoning is a
   futile way that Scripture warns will end
   in death (Proverbs 16:25). On the other
   hand, knowing that Jesus is the way of
   life and the eternal truth assures
   believers that their lives and the lives
   of others are part of a planned destiny.
       When believers understand they
   belong to God their creator, life
   acquires meaning that fills them with
      purpose.
      Not only did He create the human race,
I.   Truth Is in Jesus Christwhom
      He redeemed them by the death of the
      Son of God—Jesus Christ, in
      dwelled all the fullness of God. In this
      sense, God can claim “double
      ownership.”
        When viewing the outcome of
      godless mankind, the psalmist
      complained to God about their
      seemingly prosperous ways.
      However, the psalmist’s understanding
I.            Is in Jesus Christ
     Truth differenthe viewed the situation
      changed when
      from a           vantage point—he
      moved to the place where God dwells:
      “I went into the sanctuary of God; then
      understood I their end” (Psalm 73:17).
      When viewed from God’s vantage
      point, one is able to see truth. No
      wonder there is fullness of joy in His
      presence!
I.   Truth Is in Jesus Christ of the
      Not only did He create the human race,
      He redeemed them by the death
      Son of God—Jesus Christ, in whom
      dwelled all the fullness of God. In this
      sense, God can claim “double
      ownership.”
        When viewing the outcome of
      godless mankind, the psalmist
      complained to God about their
      seemingly prosperous ways.
      However, the psalmist’s understanding
I.            Is in Jesus Christ
     Truth differenthe viewed the situation
      changed when
      from a           vantage point—he
      moved to the place where God dwells:
      “I went into the sanctuary of God; then
      understood I their end” (Psalm 73:17).
      When viewed from God’s vantage
      point, one is able to see truth. No
      wonder there is fullness of joy in His
      presence!
         In 1873, Fanny Crosby, the blind
I.               in Jesus Christ
     Truth Isfriend who was having a new
      writer of hymns, visited Phoebe P.
      Knapp, a
      pipe organ installed. Phoebe had
      composed the music for a piece she
      called “Assurance.” She played the
      tune for her friend and asked, “What
      do you think the song says?” Fanny
      replied, “Blessed assurance, Jesus is
      mine!” Fanny wrote the words of
      “Blessed Assurance” to Phoebe’s
      melody.
     Blessed Assurance
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
 Born of His Spirit, washed in His
               blood.

 This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long;
 This is my story, this is my song,
Praising my Savior all the day long.
                      ~Fanny Crosby
     B. Treasures of Wisdom
B. Treasures of Wisdom and
           and Knowledge
      Knowledge an interesting
    Colossians 2 contains
  passage concerning the Godhead. The
  apostle Paul addressed the churches
  at Colossae and Laodicea about the
  “mystery of God, and of the Father,
  and of Christ” (Colossians 2:2). The
  Gnostics of that day thought they
  alone had access to superior
  knowledge; they believed knowledge
    remained shrouded in mystery to
       others.
      Because the Colossians knew of this
I.   Truth Is in Jesus Christ to teach
      philosophy, Paul drew from it
      them about a mystery that had been
      hidden from the ages and generations
      (Colossians 1:26). However, he made it
      clear that all believers now could
      understand the mystery: the fullness of
      the Godhead dwelled bodily in Jesus
      Christ. Paul wanted them to know
      Jesus, the source of “all the treasures
      of wisdom and knowledge”
      (Colossians 2:3).
        In understanding who Jesus is, we
I.   Truth Is in Jesus Christ from,
      can understand where we came
      our purpose, and where we are going.
    Errors Answered
  A. Enticing Words
     in Jesus Christ
       A. Enticing Words
   Paul admonished the church to
understand that Gnostic philosophy
was not the source of all “wisdom and
knowledge.” The source of wisdom
and knowledge is Jesus Christ. The
apostle warned that deceitful
individuals would try to change this
 truth with “enticing words” or human
    reasoning. How true this has been!
I. Truth Is in Jesus Christ
   When mankind believes only what he
   can devise, he is very limited.
   However, if one seeks God he will
   find Him and receive an
   understanding beyond human words
   and thought. Paul expressed it well
   in Ephesians 3:17-19.
      Ephesians 3:17-19
    “That Christ may dwell in your
hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted
 and grounded in love, may be able
 to comprehend with all saints what
   is the breadth, and length, and
 depth, and height; and to know the
     love of Christ, which passeth
  knowledge, that ye might be filled
      with all the fulness of God”
         (Ephesians 3:17-19).
I.               in Jesus Christ
     Truth Is the full force of it is beyond
         Oh, to understand the love of God!
      Although
      human knowledge, God opens our
      understanding of His love to the extent
      we can comprehend and He fills us
      with His fullness.
         On the coastal road to Caesarea
      Philippi, Jesus asked His disciples,
      “Whom say ye that I am?” Suddenly,
      Peter blurted out, “Thou art the Christ,
      the Son of the living God.”
    Jesus Is in Jesus Christ
I. Truth answered, “Flesh and blood
   hath not revealed it unto thee, but my
   Father which is in heaven. . . . and
   upon this rock I will build my church”
   (Matthew 16:15-18). Jesus Christ has
   built His church upon the truth of His
   identity, which the Holy Spirit will
   reveal to all believers.
      B. False Philosophy
 B. False Philosophy
   According to Merriam-Webster
Unabridged Dictionary, philosophy is
“a love or pursuit of wisdom: a search
for the underlying causes and
principles of reality. . . . a quest for
truth through logical reasoning rather
than factual observation. . . . a critical
examination of the grounds for
fundamental beliefs and an analysis of
the basic concepts employed in the
   expression of such beliefs.”
I. Truth Is in Jesus Christ values
     Philosophy contains the core
  from which all other human thought
  flows. One of the avenues of thought,
  humanism, is the belief that man is the
  center and essence of this whole
  world. Because it is what one could
  call false philosophy, it deceives many
  people as to their true purpose in life.
     The Scriptures plainly state that “all
  things were created by [Jesus Christ],
  and for him” (Colossians 1:16).
      It is important for mankind to place the
I.   Truth Is in Jesus Christ
      Creator at the center of life, and then
      all other things will fall into their
      proper place. A Christocentric
      philosophy is essential to true wisdom
      and a person’s ability to experience full
      life in its pure and original purpose as
      designed by God.
           A father felt too tired to play with his
      son, but the boy’s persistent asking
      led the father to tear up a newspaper
      sheet with a picture of the world and
          tell the lad to put the world back
                 together.
    The boy finished the Christ
I. Truth Is in Jesus task in record
   time. His father asked, “How did you
   do that so quickly?” The boy replied,
   “There was a picture of a man on the
   other side. When I put the man back
   together, the world was in place.” How
   true in our lives. Putting ourselves
   “together” also puts the world in its
   proper place.
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     Truth Is about the greatness of God.
         Throughout his writings, Paul taught
      believers
      Paul likened it to inexhaustible riches
      of wisdom and knowledge (Romans
      11:33). All things are of Him, through
      Him, and to Him (Romans 11:36).
         C. Traditions
       C. Traditions
   From one generation to the next,
individuals, families, and cultures hand
down many traditions. Some traditions
we receive from former generations are
viable, but others we need to discard.
Some traditions have no real meaning or
benefit in the present; however, others
are vital to the present and we should
never discard them.
         It has been wisely stated that a
I.                in Jesus Christ
     Truth Ishe has determined the reason
      person should not remove an old fence
      until first
      for its existence and location. Ancient
      landmarks are there for a purpose. We
      must understand that purpose,
      appreciate what we have received, and
      defend it faithfully.
         The transition from carriage to car
      did not happen overnight. From the
      late 1890s to the 1920s, carriages vied
      with automobiles for the right-of-way
         on city streets.
      Most people regarded early cars as
I.    unreliable novelties Christ
     Truth Is in Jesusrather than as a
      serious means of transportation. But
      by 1910 innovations in mass
      production and engine technology had
      created a vehicle that was both more
      reliable and more affordable; it soon
      became clear the automobile was here
      to stay. By 1929 the number of wagon
      companies operating in the United
      States had dwindled to fewer than
      ninety.
      Eventually, for the most part, horse-
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     Truth vehicles were no longer needed;
      the automobile had phased out a
      traditional mode of transportation.
         One must evaluate existing
      traditions in the light of God’s Word. I
      Chronicles noted that the men of
      Issachar understood their times, and
      this understanding gave them insight
      as to what Israel ought to do. (See I
      Chronicles 12:32.) Some have
      supposed these insights derived from
          astronomy or other venues.
    However, in Jesus Christ
I. Truth Is others conclude God had
   given the men of Issachar sensitivity to
   the time in which they lived and to
   what God wanted Israel to do. Time
   has a way of changing the actors, the
   stage, and the script; however, the
   Word of God provides continuity and
   wisdom in every generation amidst
   changing times.
I. Truth Is in Jesus Christ
     Like the men of Issachar, godly
   leaders today monitor the pulse of the
   times in which they live. They know
   where we have been and are sensitive
   to the guidance of God so they will
   know how we are to proceed. They
   understand what traditions are
   timeless and what traditions we should
   lay aside.
            D. Legalism
        D. Legalism
   Legalism is the improper usage of
traditional guidelines. Its antithesis is
antinomianism, the belief that there are
no binding guidelines. When people
gravitate to one extreme or the other,
they lose spiritual balance and they
hinder the communication and work of
the gospel. Holding to and presenting
the truth in balance is vital to every
  believer in Christ Jesus.
     Paul warned the church at Colossae
  of legalists who wanted to bind them to
I. Truth Is in Jesus Christ
  the observance of Jewish traditions.
  “Let no man therefore judge you in
  meat, or in drink, or in respect of an
  holyday, or of the new moon, or of the
  sabbath days” (Colossians 2:16). On the
  one hand, legalists would have
  upbraided the Colossians for failing to
  keep every Jewish tradition regardless
  of its origin. Antinomians, on the other
  hand, would have insisted there was no
   need at all for any Sabbath. There was
        danger in falling prey to either
            extreme position.
         Long before Constantine instituted
I.                            Christ
     Truth Is in Jesusdisciples of Jesus
      Sunday as a day on which Christians
      should worship, the
      met on the first day of the week. Paul
      preached on the first day of the week.
      Saints met and collected offerings on
      this day. A proper understanding of the
      command of the Sabbath leads us to
      the fulfillment of the Sabbath as the
      “rest” that we receive through the Holy
      Ghost. Therefore, the Sabbath is not
      completely done away with; rather, the
        New Testament experience fulfills its
             purpose.
          Legalism binds people in rigid
I.   Truth Is in Jesus Christsecurely
      bands, just as the Jews were
      bound to their traditions. Legalism
      distracts people, causing them to
      focus on the rules instead of the Savior
      and the greater purpose of the church.
      It fosters a holier-than-thou attitude not
      only toward people who live in sin, but
      also toward people of God who do not
      subscribe to their particular set of
      rules.
         Antinomianism leads to a
      “freedom” from all restraints. People
I.                    Jesus Christ
     Truth Is inthis throw timeless
      who believe
      traditions by the wayside and pity the
      people who stay on the traditional
      paths. Their so-called freedom
      becomes to them a perceived license
      to sin. However, in the final analysis
      they will discover too late that their
      perceived license to sin was a forged
      document of deception. They will face
      the Judge of the earth with the guilt of
        sin in their lives.
     Therefore, Jesus Christ
I. Truth Is in it is wise to balance
   our traditions, our beliefs, and our
   lives on the fulcrum of wisdom and
   temperance.
            E. Mysticism
       E. Mysticism
   Merriam-Webster Unabridged
Dictionary reports mysticism as
meaning “a theory of mystical
knowledge: the doctrine or belief that
direct knowledge of God, of spiritual
truth, of ultimate reality, or comparable
matters is attainable through immediate
intuition, insight, or illumination and in a
way differing from ordinary sense
   perception or ratiocination.”
     One could say that mysticism defines
  God through human imagination. In his
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  letter to the Romans, Paul cautioned
  believers not to indulge in vain
  imaginations. Unregenerate human
  imagination has the capacity to skew
  perception and darken the heart. People
  with vain imaginations tend to think of
  God as an ethereal first cause, a
  transcendent, remote being who is
  uninterested in earthly events. However,
  those who know God personally are fully
  aware of His intimate connection and
      interaction with mankind.
         Ultimately, mysticism ends with
I.    humanism—worship Christ
     Truth Is in Jesus of the creature
      rather than worship of the Creator.
      Humanists believe individuals do not
      have to subscribe to any certain
      dogma to connect with God; instead,
      they are free to follow their own paths
      toward spirituality. However, the Word
      of God explicitly states there is a way
      that seems right to mankind, but it only
      leads to death and destruction. Only
       righteous paths will lead a person to
             the right destination.
I. Truth Is in Jesus Christ through
    Individuals who seek salvation
  any source other than through Jesus
  Christ follow a path of futility. They are
  full of human pride and resist the idea
  of submission to God’s plan of
  salvation as explained in Scripture.
Rooted in Jesus Christ
A. All the Fullness of the
  Godhead in Christ
       A. All the Fullness
      of the Godhead in Christ
    Jesus asked His disciples, “Whom do
men say that I am?” (See Matthew
16:13.) When Peter said Jesus was the
Christ, our Lord revealed He would build
the church on this foundational truth.
Since people are the “building blocks”
of the church, they need to understand
   that Jesus is the church’s vital
       foundation and that He is God
           manifested in flesh.
         God longed for an intimate
I.                   Jesus Christ
     Truth Is in He manifested Himself to
      relationship with His creation. To
      achieve this,
      mankind through the Son of God,
      Jesus Christ. “In him [dwelled] all the
      fulness of the Godhead bodily”
      (Colossians 2:9). It is
      incomprehensible to suggest that God,
      as a Father, loved us so much that He
      sent another in His place. Rather, “God
      was in Christ, reconciling the world
      unto himself” (II Corinthians 5:19). He
         came Himself! Jesus Christ was
             Truth in living human flesh.
      B. Complete in Christ
                    Christ
 B. Complete in without Christ in
  We are incomplete
our lives. Christ awakens our spiritual
senses and gives us the “root of life,”
reviving us from death in trespasses
and sins. When we submit to the inner
working of the Spirit, Christ is “formed
in [us]” (Galatians 4:19). We are
complete in Him. The Greek word for
“complete” is pleroo, meaning “to make
  full, to fill, to fill up” (Thayer’s Greek
Lexicon).
      Jesus Christ fills us to capacity and
I.    positions in Jesus Christ
     Truth Is us to participate fully in all
      the rich gifts of God and communion
      within the body of Christ.
         No matter where we are on our
      spiritual journey, we are complete only
      in Him. From the newborn babe in
      Christ who has just stepped onto the
      pathway of righteousness to the
      spiritually mature believer who has
      walked with Him for fifty years—all
       believers are complete through Jesus
           Christ.
        C. Buried in Christ
   C. Buried in Christ
   When individuals are “buried with
[Christ] in baptism” (Colossians 2:12),
they are baptized in the name of the
Lord for the remission of sins. They die
to sin, having been “buried with him by
baptism into death” (Romans 6:4).
Those who are dead to sin bury the
carnal nature with its evil imaginations,
desires, and deeds, and they put on the
  nature of Christ.
       D. Risen with Christ
  D. Risen with Christ
 “For if we have been planted together
in the likeness of his death, we shall be
also in the likeness of his resurrection”
               (Romans 6:5).
         Paul compared rising out of the
I.    waters of in Jesus Christ
     Truth Is baptism to the resurrection
      of our Lord. We receive the Holy Ghost
      with the evidence of speaking in other
      tongues and begin to walk in “newness
      of life.” “For he that is dead is freed
      from sin. Now if we be dead with
      Christ, we believe that we shall also
      live with him” (Romans 6:7-8). We are
      “dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto
      God through Jesus Christ our Lord”
      (Romans 6:11). Through water baptism
           we bury our old nature.
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      Cleansed from our iniquities, we
      experience the resurrecting power of
      the Holy Spirit with the nature of Christ
      Himself abiding within. We begin to
      hate what God hates and love what He
      loves. Life has new meaning and
      purpose and goals. We are risen with
      Christ to a higher purpose in life and
      have the hope of living forever with
      Him.
E.   E. Quickened Together with
     Quickened Together with
                Christ
             Christ
        The word quickened means to
     “reanimate” (Strong’s Concordance).
     As Christ was raised from the dead, so
     can we be raised from our dead state
     in sins. He has “quickened [us], who
     were dead in trespasses and sins. . . .
     [He] hath quickened us together with
     Christ . . . and hath raised us up
     together, and made us sit together in
         heavenly places in Christ Jesus”
               (Ephesians 2:1, 5-6).
    When Is in Jesus Christ
I. Truthwe are born again, God our
    reconciles us to Himself, restores
   communion with Him, and infuses us
   with eternal life.
  Established in the Faith
A. Following Instructions
    A. Following Instructions

    The term “established” denotes
 stability. A plant becomes established
 when it has had time to settle in an
 environment that is conducive to its
 health and growth. It pushes down
 roots to anchor itself firmly, and its
 roots begin to ingest nutrients and
 water from the soil.
      Paul wrote, “Rooted and built up in
I.    him, and in Jesus the faith,
     Truth Isstablished inChrist as ye
      have been taught, abounding therein
      with thanksgiving” (Colossians 2:7).
      The New Living Translation says, “Let
      your roots grow down into him, and let
      your lives be built on him. Then your
      faith will grow strong in the truth you
      were taught” (Colossians 2:7).
         Being established in the faith is
I.    essential in successful, settled, and
     Truth Is for aJesus Christ
      consistent Christian life. Becoming
      established in a spiritually healthy
      environment enables believers to
      develop a vigorous, spiritual root
      system that pushes deep into a
      relationship with Jesus Christ and His
      Word, the foundation of all spiritual
      fruitfulness. Jesus is the bedrock of
      strength that supports our human
      weakness and deficiency.
      He strengthens us during storms or
I.    drought and Jesus Christ
     Truth Is infortifies our resistance to
      disease and damage caused by evil
      “pests.” The strength of this bedrock
      never wanes; it sustains us through all
      of life’s struggles, temptations, and
      setbacks.
         Reading and meditating on the Word
      of God and hearing the preached Word
      provide an environment in which our
      Christian life can become firmly
      established, healthy, and fruitful.
I.                          Christ
     Truth Is in Jesus believer as a
      A consistent prayer life is as life-giving
      and refreshing to the
      spring shower to a plant. However, no
      matter how ideal the spiritual
      environment, the Christian will grow
      only in proportion to his submission
      and obedience to biblical instruction.
  B.  B. Overflowing with
     Overflowing with
          Thanksgiving
    Thanksgiving
   God wants us to give thanks in
everything, good and bad. (See I
Thessalonians 5:18.) Thanksgiving
spills over easily when good things
come our way. However, when bad
things loom, thanksgiving often leaks
out. While we may not be thankful for
something difficult in our lives,
  certainly we can be thankful in that
     circumstance, whatever it may be.
          Colossians 2:7 contains one of the
I.   TruthtoIs in Jesus Christ
      ways      develop a thankful attitude.
      First, believers should establish an
      intimate relationship with Jesus
      Christ and build their lives on Him.
      Then His feeding, watering, and
      pruning encourage their spiritual
      growth. When they follow the leading
      of the Spirit and the teaching of the
      Word, they grow strong in the truth.
      Obeying the truth they have been
      taught results in a “good conscience”
      (I Peter 3:16).
          John wrote, “And hereby we know
I.   Truth Is in Jesus Christ For if our
      that we are of the truth, and shall
      assure our hearts before him.
      heart condemn us, God is greater than
      our heart, and knoweth all things.
      Beloved, if our heart condemn us not,
      then have we confidence toward God”
      (I John 3:19-21). Oh the joy of a clear
      conscience! When a Christian knows
      he has obeyed the instructions to the
      best of his ability, he loses all
      trepidation. He can rejoice with a heart
         full of thankfulness.
     Internalizing the Message
I. Truth Is in Jesus Christ
     Living in truth requires that
  believers found their lives on Christ
  Jesus, establish themselves in His
  Word, and grow in knowledge of the
  truth, grace, and faith. Understanding
  His love and who He is causes them to
  ignore the siren songs of vain
  philosophy, useless traditions,
  legalism, and mysticism that try to
  uproot believers from their position in
     Christ.
              in Jesus Christ
I. Truth Is push their roots deep in Him
    Believers
   by obeying the Spirit and the Word.
   Established in the faith, they discover
   the previously unknown spiritual
   treasures of wisdom, knowledge,
   abundant life, communion with God,
   and fellowship with people of like
   precious faith.

				
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