Putting Christ First: Changing Clothes, part 1: Taking of the Old Colossians 3:5-11

April 24th, 2017

Putting Christ First: Changing Clothes, part 1: Taking off the Old

Colossian 3:5-11

Putting the Old Man Down (v. 5-7)

  • Paul calls us to put to death everything in us that is at odds with the new life that Christ is building in us

    • Because we have died to our old lives (v. 3)
  • This includes:
    • Sexual immorality (porneia): refers to any kind of sexual sin
    • Impurity: refers more generally to any kind of moral corruption
    • Passion: refers to sinful sexual thoughts; lust
    • Evil desire: Refers to the human sinful impulse
      • Our default mode apart from Christ is to sin
    • Covetousness: Greed; an inappropriate desire for more
      • This can mean money, power, pleasure, etc.
      • Which Paul equates with idolatry
        • Because it is placing a love for things over our love for God
      • This way of living is what leads to death
        • But it also led Jesus to the Cross to remove the wrath that our sinful life deserves (see John 3:36; Rom. 1:18; 2:5, 8; 3:5-6; 5:9; 1 Thess. 1:10; 5:9)
      • But, notice Paul’s use of the past tense in v. 7
        • Something has changed


Taking off the Old Self (v. 8-11)

  • We are called to change

    • Starting with how we think

      • Anger, Wrath, & Malice: negative, vengeful thoughts towards other
    • Moving to how we speak
      • Slander: Tearing other down
      • Obscene talk: Blasphemy; speaking wrongly about God
    • Which results in lying to one another
  • This change comes about as we put off the old self
    • And take up our new identity in Christ

      • When we seek Jesus, we begin to look more and more like Him
      • And this includes no longer seeing ourselves or others by ethnicity or social standing (v. 11)

So What?

  • If Jesus has made us new, our we putting the old us to death?

    • And are we ready for Him to conform us to look like He does?
  • Next week: Putting on the New


Meditation Verse: Col. 3:10

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