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The Transformed Man (Part 3)

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Radio transcript for the week of October 18, 2009

Todd Clippard preaches on "The Transformed Man (Part 3)" on Seeking the Lost - International Radio.

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Greetings! And thank you for listening to the Seeking the Lost International Radio program. My name is Todd Clippard and I have recently joined the fine preachers who bring you this program. I am thankful to brothers Harold Bigham and Ricky Berger for the opportunity to share in this great work, and am also grateful to the elders of the Clinton, MS church of Christ for their confidence and invitation to be a part of this work.

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I hope you will take your New Testament and open it to Colossians chapter 3. In my previous two lessons, I began a series of studies titled, The Transformed Man. In Romans 12:1, the apostle Paul writes, "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." (NKJV)

Our description of the transformed man is being taken from Colossians chapter 3. In our previous studies, we have noted the following characteristics of the transformed man...

First, the Transformed Man is Risen with Christ â?? verse 1. We noted the idea here of being risen with Christ hearkens back to chapter 2, verses 11 through 14. In order to be risen with Christ, one must be buried with Christ in baptism in order to receive the forgiveness of sins.

Second, the Transformed Man Seeks Heaven â?? verses 1 and 2. In Philippians 1:23 Paul said he desired to depart (that is to say, to die) and be with Christ, which is far better.

Third, we noted the Transformed Man is Dead to the Old Life â?? verse 3. The Transformed Man is crucified with Christ (Galatians 2:20) while being crucified to the world (Galatians 6:14).

Today we continue our study by noting Colossians 3 verse 4, where the transformed man looks for Jesusâ?? return. In verse 4 Paul writes, "When Christ who is our life appears, then will you also appear with Him in glory." (NKJV)

More than anything, the transformed man desires to go to heaven. Yet, he knows that he will not reach heaven until Jesus returns again. All the faithful of all the ages now are waiting in Paradise for the coming of Jesus, that they, and all the faithful ones then living, might be raised from the dead, and caught up in the air to meet with Jesus, and so shall they ever be with the Lord (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18).

In several places the Bible describes how we are to anticipate the coming of Jesus. Philippians 3:20-21 says, "For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, Who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself." Thus, we see how the transformed man eagerly awaits Jesusâ?? return.

In 2 Peter 3:9-13, we read the following, "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells." Here we see from this text how the transformed man looks for Jesusâ?? return with great anticipation.

Finally, in Titus 2:11-15 we read, "For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. Speak these things, exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no one despise you." So here we see how the transformed man looks for Jesusâ?? return with confidence.

In the earliest verse of his letter to Titus, Paul wrote, "In hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before the world began (1:2). Jesus Himself promised that he would come again. In John 14:1-3, the Savior comforted the disciples with this promise, "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also."

And so we see that we look for the return of Jesus with eagerness, with confidence, and with great anticipation.

In 2 Corinthians 5:1-8, we read the following about our desire for the return of Christ: "For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. (8) We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord."

Note just very quickly with me six items that we can learn from this text:

  1. We groan while in this body â?? verse 2

  2. We earnestly desire our heavenly body â?? verse 2

  3. We are burdened â?? verse 2

  4. We are confident â?? verses 5-6

  5. We walk by faith â?? verse 7

  6. We prefer death to life â?? verse 8

May we be like John, who said in response to Jesus in Revelation 22, "And he who testifies to these things says, â??Surely I come quickly.â?? Even so, come, Lord Jesus."

Friends, Jesus IS coming again. Of this truth there can be no doubt or question. But the real question is, "Are you ready for his return?" Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people. I prepare myself by submitting to the Lordship of Jesus. In so doing I must obey what he says. Jesus asked in Luke 6:46, "Why do you call me "Lord, Lord" and do not do the things I say?" Hebrews 5:9 says Jesus is the author of eternal salvation to all who obey him.

We obey him though belief in and obedience to the gospel. He who believes the gospel and is baptized shall be saved â?? Mark 16:15-16. We obey the gospel by:

  1. Believing in the Deity of Jesus (John 8:24)

  2. Repenting of our sins (Luke 13:3, 5)

  3. Confessing Christ as the Lord (Romans 10:9-10)

  4. Being baptized, that is immersed, in water to receive remission of sins (Acts 2:38)

  5. Living faithful to the Lord until the end (Matthew 10:22; Revelation 2:10).

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