Sola:  Soli Deo Gloria Colossians 3:12-17

Today, is All Saints Day.  A day we remember that we are not the 1st to follow Jesus as Savior and Lord.  Millions of men and women Boys and girls have faithfully followed Jesus And lived their lives for the glory of God throughout the centuries.

What is a saint?  A saint or literally a “Holy one” is a forgiven sinner. Washed and cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. Perfect no….. Perfectly forgiven yes!  How are forgiven sinners called to live their life in this world? Today we’re going to talk about how we should live in light of the fact that it is Christ alone:    Solus Christus who saves us out of His grace alone:  Sola Gratia.  And we receive this salvation through faith alone:  Sola Fide and we know about the gospel through Scripture alone: Sola Scripture.  All of this leads us to the final SOLA.   Soli Deo Gloria-to God’s Glory Alone .

What does this mean?  Because we are confident that God’s love for us is real.  Because the promises of God’s word are rock solid, because we know that we are saved by God’s grace alone through faith alone. We have the opportunity to live every day for the Glory of God- Soli Deo Gloria.  We have the opportunity to live our lives in this joy and confidence Because we have been set free from the impossible burden that somehow,

we must earn God’s love.  In fact, to live our lives to the glory of God is our response to God’s amazing Grace.   /////Romans 12:1 1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. You know, some people think that Jesus has only one purpose in their life: to save their soul.   Once that is taken care of then hey, let’s get on with life.  Wrong! Jesus has come not only to save our souls, but to transform our lives.

John 3:16 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.         John 10:10 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Both John 3:16 and John 10:10 are true!  He can – and does do many things not only in us, but through us to transform our lives in this world.  And this is what Soli Deo Gloria points us to: that Jesus is working in us and through us every day.  Philippians 2:13 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him.  So everything we do for good ultimately points back to Him – to His glory!  This takes us to what Paul says in our text for today…Colossians 3:12-142 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Paul talks about all the things we should do for God’s glory.  We should be compassionate, kind, humble, gentle, patient, forgiving, and loving.  But he starts the admonition with a very important word:  “Therefore.”  This is a connecting word connecting what comes after it to a thought before it.  OK…What comes before it?  5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.  Colossians 3:5

Wait a minute there’s Another “therefore” Here.  OK That’s based on something too.  So we have to go even further back, Colossians 3:1-2 1Since, therefore, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  To understand this “therefore,” you have to go back to… Colossians 2:13-14 13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 

At the heart of the entire Christian life, at the heart of every good work done to God’s glory is that simple principle that the things that we do are not done to earn God’s favor or to get brown points!  Everything good that we do in our lives, even loving others happens because God first loved us. And that loves from God flows through us.  Just like the Moon reflects the light of the Sun.  The moon does not shine with it’s own light.  The Moon reflects the light of the Sun.  Our lives are to reflect the light of Jesus Christ. Matthew 5:16 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Paul continues in verse 15:

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.  Colossians 3:15-16

There are 2 ways Christ’s love lives in us:  As an individual and as a church, that’s: -corporate

V.15:  “Let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts.”

            This means that when we see lots of people not living for God’s glory, we don’t have to get all stressed out about it! Do you stand as a peaceful person in a crazy world?  I talk to more and more people who are so worried about what’s going on in society, that they surrender God’s peace in their hearts.  Don’t let that be you!

(vs. 16):Paul says  “Let the message of Christ dwell among us.”   That is referring to the church.  You see,

When individuals come together and form a congregation, that live for Christ, that can be a powerful witness!
We are not alone as Christians. So we can live for God’s glory individually and as a congregation.   But there’s one more thing that Paul wants us to know about living for God’s glory…

17 Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.  Colossians 1:17

We can live for God’s glory all the time!  Johann Sebastian  Bach The great composer popularized the phrase Soli Deo Gloria.  And by the way, He didn’t just write it on the bottom of his sacred music, but on the bottom of his secular music as well.  Why This Sola Matters: Soli Deo Gloria        It keeps our good works good.    1 John 4:19 19 We love Him because He first loved us.  It turns 1 John 4:19 on its head.  Our good works becomes selfish.  Listen carefully to what Jesus says in Luke 6:35-36 35 “Love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”     

Jesus points us back to what God has done before we do anything.  That’s what Soli Deo Gloria does. 

Why This Sola Matters: Soli Deo Gloria It keeps our good works good.  It keeps our focus on Christ. When you keep in mind that what you’re ultimately doing is to God’s glory, guess who you’re always thinking about?  God! It shifts our focus to the right place! Colossians 3:1-2 1 Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 

Now, this does not mean you walk around in a spiritual trance.  This does not mean we are to be so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good.   On the contrary, it means we get busy and help others,

knowing that we’re ultimately serving God!  

Why This Sola Matters: Soli Deo Gloria It keeps our good works good. It keeps our focus on Christ.

It makes us look more like Christ. In John 17 we get to listen in as Jesus prays shortly before He is arrested and sent to the cross.  He prays: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son may glorify You.” John 17:1 Jesus wants to bring glory to the Father, even if it means death on the cross.  When we want to bring glory to God, you and I will look more and more like Jesus.   We want to bring glory to God why?

Because we love Him!  Soli Deo Gloria. Amen.

Sola:  Soli Deo Gloria Colossians 3:12-17

Today, is All Saints Day.  A day we remember that we are not the 1st to follow Jesus as Savior and Lord.  Millions of men and women Boys and girls have faithfully followed Jesus And lived their lives for the glory of God throughout the centuries.

What is a saint?  A saint or literally a “Holy one” is a forgiven sinner. Washed and cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. Perfect no….. Perfectly forgiven yes!  How are forgiven sinners called to live their life in this world? Today we’re going to talk about how we should live in light of the fact that it is Christ alone:    Solus Christus who saves us out of His grace alone:  Sola Gratia.  And we receive this salvation through faith alone:  Sola Fide and we know about the gospel through Scripture alone: Sola Scripture.  All of this leads us to the final SOLA.   Soli Deo Gloria-to God’s Glory Alone .

What does this mean?  Because we are confident that God’s love for us is real.  Because the promises of God’s word are rock solid, because we know that we are saved by God’s grace alone through faith alone. We have the opportunity to live every day for the Glory of God- Soli Deo Gloria.  We have the opportunity to live our lives in this joy and confidence Because we have been set free from the impossible burden that somehow,

we must earn God’s love.  In fact, to live our lives to the glory of God is our response to God’s amazing Grace.   /////Romans 12:1 1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. You know, some people think that Jesus has only one purpose in their life: to save their soul.   Once that is taken care of then hey, let’s get on with life.  Wrong! Jesus has come not only to save our souls, but to transform our lives.

John 3:16 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.         John 10:10 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

Both John 3:16 and John 10:10 are true!  He can – and does do many things not only in us, but through us to transform our lives in this world.  And this is what Soli Deo Gloria points us to: that Jesus is working in us and through us every day.  Philippians 2:13 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him.  So everything we do for good ultimately points back to Him – to His glory!  This takes us to what Paul says in our text for today…Colossians 3:12-142 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Paul talks about all the things we should do for God’s glory.  We should be compassionate, kind, humble, gentle, patient, forgiving, and loving.  But he starts the admonition with a very important word:  “Therefore.”  This is a connecting word connecting what comes after it to a thought before it.  OK…What comes before it?  5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.  Colossians 3:5

Wait a minute there’s Another “therefore” Here.  OK That’s based on something too.  So we have to go even further back, Colossians 3:1-2 1Since, therefore, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  To understand this “therefore,” you have to go back to… Colossians 2:13-14 13 When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 

At the heart of the entire Christian life, at the heart of every good work done to God’s glory is that simple principle that the things that we do are not done to earn God’s favor or to get brown points!  Everything good that we do in our lives, even loving others happens because God first loved us. And that loves from God flows through us.  Just like the Moon reflects the light of the Sun.  The moon does not shine with it’s own light.  The Moon reflects the light of the Sun.  Our lives are to reflect the light of Jesus Christ. Matthew 5:16 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

Paul continues in verse 15:

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.  Colossians 3:15-16

There are 2 ways Christ’s love lives in us:  As an individual and as a church, that’s: -corporate

V.15:  “Let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts.”

            This means that when we see lots of people not living for God’s glory, we don’t have to get all stressed out about it! Do you stand as a peaceful person in a crazy world?  I talk to more and more people who are so worried about what’s going on in society, that they surrender God’s peace in their hearts.  Don’t let that be you!

(vs. 16):Paul says  “Let the message of Christ dwell among us.”   That is referring to the church.  You see,

When individuals come together and form a congregation, that live for Christ, that can be a powerful witness!
We are not alone as Christians. So we can live for God’s glory individually and as a congregation.   But there’s one more thing that Paul wants us to know about living for God’s glory…

17 Whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.  Colossians 1:17

We can live for God’s glory all the time!  Johann Sebastian  Bach The great composer popularized the phrase Soli Deo Gloria.  And by the way, He didn’t just write it on the bottom of his sacred music, but on the bottom of his secular music as well.  Why This Sola Matters: Soli Deo Gloria        It keeps our good works good.    1 John 4:19 19 We love Him because He first loved us.  It turns 1 John 4:19 on its head.  Our good works becomes selfish.  Listen carefully to what Jesus says in Luke 6:35-36 35 “Love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”     

Jesus points us back to what God has done before we do anything.  That’s what Soli Deo Gloria does. 

Why This Sola Matters: Soli Deo Gloria It keeps our good works good.  It keeps our focus on Christ. When you keep in mind that what you’re ultimately doing is to God’s glory, guess who you’re always thinking about?  God! It shifts our focus to the right place! Colossians 3:1-2 1 Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 

Now, this does not mean you walk around in a spiritual trance.  This does not mean we are to be so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good.   On the contrary, it means we get busy and help others,

knowing that we’re ultimately serving God!  

Why This Sola Matters: Soli Deo Gloria It keeps our good works good. It keeps our focus on Christ.

It makes us look more like Christ. In John 17 we get to listen in as Jesus prays shortly before He is arrested and sent to the cross.  He prays: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son may glorify You.” John 17:1 Jesus wants to bring glory to the Father, even if it means death on the cross.  When we want to bring glory to God, you and I will look more and more like Jesus.   We want to bring glory to God why?

Because we love Him!  Soli Deo Gloria. Amen.