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Pursuit (5) - Notes

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Colossians 3:1-2

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

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RULES OF THE MIND

a) Nothing enters the mind without having some effect for good or evil

b) So choose your thoughts well - Set your mind!

Colossians 3:9-10

Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

1. ORIGINAL SELF

  • Originally Formed in the Image of God

  • We Were Like God

Genesis 1:27

God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

2. ORIGINAL LIE

  • Satan attacks the image of God in us, by questioning our knowledge of God and inserting a lie

Genesis 3:1-5

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

3. OLD SELF

  • Sin Deformed the Image of God

  • Who We Are in Adam

  • When We Dethroned God and Enthroned Ourselves, We Deformed the Image of God in Us.

4. SAVING TRUTH

John 8:32

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

John 17:3

Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

5. NEW SELF

  • By Knowing Christ We Are Recreated in the Image of God

2 Corinthians 5:17

If anyone is in Christ, they are a new creation. The old is gone and the new has come.

6. RENEWING TRUTH

Colossians 3:9-10

You have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being RENEWED in KNOWLEDGE in the image of its Creator.

  • Jesus is not only the image/truth of God but the image/truth of who we are becoming

  • So knowing Jesus isn’t just SAVING TRUTH, knowing Jesus better is RENEWING TRUTH

RULES OF THE MIND

a) Nothing enters the mind without having some effect for good or evil

b) So choose your thoughts well - Set your mind!

c) The more you know the more you’ll grow

d) So it’s imperative that you get to know Jesus better through His Word!

Bible Meditation/Memorization (Muttering)

2 Timothy 2:22

Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Karl House