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Ladder of Spiritual Growth …or The Christian Graces Ladder of Spiritual Growth …or The Christian Graces

The Details Matter • Review Nadab & Abihu Lev 10: 1 -3 – Lev. The Details Matter • Review Nadab & Abihu Lev 10: 1 -3 – Lev. 10: 1 -3 10: 1 Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took their respective firepans, – While using strange fire on it and offered strange and after putting fire in them, placed incense was the specific fire before the LORD, which He had not commanded them. 2 And fire came out action, not treating God as holy was the from the presence of the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD. 3 Then Moses issue. Aaron, "It is what the LORD spoke, saying, underlying said to – This meant treating Me I willspecial as holy, 'By those who come near Him be treated (lit. And separate beforespecial use)…that means for all the people I will be honored. '" So Aaron, therefore, kept silent. paying attention to the details… – We must honor God and treat Him holy NASB Kevin Scott 3

As Christians, How Do We Do This? • We are chosen in Him Col As Christians, How Do We Do This? • We are chosen in Him Col 2: 10 -12 Eph 1: 3 -8 – Eph. 1: 3 -8 1 Peter 2: 4 -5 10 and be the God and been made complete, and He is the has over 3 Blessed in Him you have Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, whoheadblessed – Everyone who conforms to the image of all rule andevery spiritualand in Him you were alsoplaces in Christ, a us with authority; 11 blessing in the heavenly circumcised with 4 And coming chosen in Him His Son is to Him as to a living stone, rejected by men, circumcision made Him before the foundation of of world, that we flesh 4 just as He chose us in without hands, in the removal thethe body of the should be but choice and precious in the sight of God, 5 you also, as living stones, by and • blameless of Christ; 12 having in Him (Col 2: 10 -12) You must be baptized He predestined Him adoption as holythe circumcisionbefore Him. In love 5 been buried withus to in baptism, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, in which you were also to Himself, according to the kind intention of His sons through Jesus Christ raised up with Him through faith in the working ofwill, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 • to the praise of the God, who raised Him from the dead. glory of His grace, which He freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. 7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our NASB trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, 8 which He lavished upon us. We are choice and precious in the sight of God – 1 Pet. 2: 4 -5 • NASB If you are in Christ (i. e. , a Christian), what’s next? Kevin Scott 4

Picture of Christian Life • Col. 3: 1 – 4: 6 – Paul drew Picture of Christian Life • Col. 3: 1 – 4: 6 – Paul drew this word picture of the Christian Life for the Colossians (and by extension for us) – While there is much to be learned from this passage, let’s view this as the goal to be achieved – How can we do that? Kevin Scott 5

Peter Gives Us a Step-by-Step Approach • 2 Peter 1: 5 -11 5 – Peter Gives Us a Step-by-Step Approach • 2 Peter 1: 5 -11 5 – Ladder of reason also, applying all diligence, in your faith supply Now for this very Spiritual Growth moral excellence, and in your moral excellence, knowledge; 6 and in your • Or, Christian Graces knowledge, self-control, and in your self-control, perseverance, and in your 2 Peter 1: 3 1 Peter 2: 2 perseverance, godliness; 7 and in your godliness, brotherly kindness, and in • A life-long building process for the Christian your brotherly kindness, love. 8 For if these qualities are yours and are 3 seeing that His divine power hasuseless norus everything word, knowledge like newborn babes, granted to unfruitful in the increasing, 2 should you neither to for the pure milk of thepertaining to life they render desirelong grow in respect true – our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 true grow in respect to salvation, toblind. His and. We that by it you For he who lacks these qualities us of godliness, through themay knowledge of Him who calledis by or own glory his salvation (1 Pet. 2: 2) excellence. short-sighted, having forgotten and purification from his former sins. NASB 10 Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling NASB – choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you and God has given us a complete plan – will never stumble; 11 for in this way the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our everything Jesus Christ will to abundantly supplied to you. pertaining be life and Lord and Savior godliness (2 Pet. 1: 3) NASB – Let’s consider the text… Kevin Scott 6

Love – Mt. 5: 43 -48 – Truly love like God Matt 5: 43 Love – Mt. 5: 43 -48 – Truly love like God Matt 5: 43 -48 Brotherly Kindness – Rom. 12: 10 – Right relations Diligence – 2 Pet. 3: 14 – Giving every effort Ladder of Spiritual Growth Each Spiritual Attribute Continually Grow In 43 "You have heard that it was. Cor 9: 25 -27 1 said, 'You shall love your neighbor, and Godliness – 1 Rev 2: 10– Reverence toward God Tim. 4: 8 hate your enemy. ' 44 "But I say to Heb 11: 1 your enemies, and pray for those you, love Rom 12: 10 Tim 3: 14 John 16: 33 2 Tim 4: 8 21 Peter 2: 15 25 who persecute who competes in theyou mayexercisesof your Father all things. And everyone you 45 in order that games be sons self-control in who is 10'Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to Perseverance the to rise on Stamina, hopedimperishable. in heaven; fordo it. Now faith isa–perishable wreath, but keep on keeping sends They then He causes His sun assurancethe things we angood, and on to receive Rev. 2: 10 – evil and the 10 to to you, that 8 for 33 "These 11: 1 Be. I devoted into profit, but godlinessyou. God, for all things, bodily discipline Study youlittleone another ofin Me these things, peace. cast 15 is onlytospokenthyself you look for is profitable some of beloved, prison, approved unto love; have you may be tested, 14 things haveofshew since that in brotherly may Therefore, rain on the righteousinthe unrighteous. without seen. I box in suchwho love 26 Therefore I run and conviction ofnot 46 "For aim; love those a way, such a way, as if you give preference ashamed, not I honor; another since it that will be found by Him in thingsrightly have theblameless, truth. and you to tribulation, present life and in dividing death, In the world holdsneedeth not to be totakedays. Bealso for untillifeword of world. " a workman you have for thebut tenpeace, spotless and the to come. be diligent promise tribulation one courage; faithful overcome the you, whatbeating the air; 27 but Inot even the tax-gatherers it my slave, reward have you? Do buffet Apply what has been the same? as not. Self-Control – 1 Cor. 9: 25 -27 –my body and make dolearned and I will give you the crown of life. 47 possibly, after I have brothers NASB lest "And if you greet yourpreached only, what Ido you do morebe disqualified. to others, myself should than others? NASB KJV NASB Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 "Therefore you are to be perfect, NASB Knowledge – 2 as your heavenly Father is perfect. Tim. 2: 15 – Study/learn what’s right NASB Moral Excellence – Jn. 16: 33 – Courage/commitment to do what’s right Faith – Heb. 11: 1 – Our belief/confidence in God through His Word; Foundation Kevin Scott 7

Let Us Diligently Work on Adding These Attributes to Our Lives • • • Let Us Diligently Work on Adding These Attributes to Our Lives • • • Let’s make our lives reflect the picture of the Christian life as noted in Col. 3 Remember: We are only chosen if we make our lives in the image of Christ! (2 Pet. 1: 10 -11) Let’s continue to diligently build on our foundation of faith… (2 Pet. 1: 5) Kevin Scott 8

What About You? • Are you in Christ? – Have you been baptized into What About You? • Are you in Christ? – Have you been baptized into Christ? • • • If you are in Christ, are you building on your foundation of faith by adding these attributes as taught by Peter? Does your life reflect the picture of the Christian life as Paul taught the Colossians? If we can help you in any way, please make your desires known as we stand sing… Kevin Scott 9

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Picture of Christian Life Col. 3: 1 – 4: 6 Col 3: 9 -15 Picture of Christian Life Col. 3: 1 – 4: 6 Col 3: 9 -15 Col 3: 1 -8 Col 4: 1 -6 9 Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its Col 3: 16 -21 – then you have this word picture of the 3: 1 If Paul drewbeen raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things evil practices, 10 and have put on. Col 3: 22 -25 who is being renewed to a true the new self where Christ Life for the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind 4: 1 above, Christianis, slaves justice and fairness, knowing that you too have a Masters, grant to your seated at the Colossians (and by on knowledge according to the image of the One who created him 11— a renewal 16 Let the word of Christ richlythings in heaven. with all 3 wisdom teaching and dwell within you, the things above, not on the. Master that are on earth. For you have died 22 Slaves, is all distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and masters on in which there in no things obey admonishing one hidden withus) those who 4 When Christ, who is our singing psalms extension for those who. God. are yourand freeman, earth, and your life is another with. Christ in and hymns and spiritual songs, life, not with external with uncircumcised, barbarian, merely please men, but in word or slave with thankfulness inservice, as keeping. Scythian, whateverattitude glory. sincerity is revealed, then you also will 17 And be revealed an you in 2 Devote yourselvesyour hearts 23 God. alert in it with Himwork heartily, deed, to prayer, to Whatever you do, do your do of thanksgiving; fearing the but much do all of the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks all. may open up tothe a –heart, at the same. Lord. Christ is all, and in through Him 3 in While rather than for men; as well, be learned fromyou will praying. Lord there is for us 24 to that God from theto God us Father. time as for the knowing that Lord 5 Therefore consider the membersspeak forth the mystery of Christ, for which your door forthisreward of thewe may of view this as as dead to immorality, the word, so that inheritance. It isearthly body the goal serve. passage, you 12 receive those who your husbands, as the. God, holy and beloved, put on a And of Lord Christ 18 haveso, asbeen imprisoned; let’schosen which amounts. Lord. 19 Husbands, Wives, passion, evil have beenorder that may in the whomin the For impurity, be subject to desire, 4 and greed, is Ifitting make it to idolatry. 6 way I I also in clear 25 For your wives, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13 bearing heartlove he who does wrong not be embittered against them. 20 Children, be with of compassion, and do will receive the consequences of the wrong which to be achieved and that without partiality. it is to speak. 5 Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the oughton account of these things that the wrath of God will come, 7 and in them one obedient and forgiving eachall things, for this is well-pleasingagainst. Lord. another, to yourhe has done, parents in other, whoever has a complaint grace, anyone; you also once the opportunity. 6 Let your speech always benow to the most of walked, when you were living in them. 8 But with you also, put just 21 – How can you, so also should you. that. And beyond all these things as the Lord forgave we do that? 14 they may them. Fathers, do not exasperate your slander, and may know not lose heart. all aside: anger, wrath, with salt, children, you abusive speechyou your seasoned, as it were, malice, so that how from NASB 15 And let the peace of Christ rule put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. mouth. should respond to each person. in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. NASB • NASB Kevin Scott 11