Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Colossians

     The book of Colossians is full of comparisons: once you were _______, but now, in Christ, you are _____. As I was reading through it in May, I took the time to write down some of the contrasts I found. Equally true and applicable are his challenges: put off ____, that you may put on ______. They are beautiful reminders of the power of the Gospel: once we were lost, but now we are found! And so by the power of Christ we can put off our body of flesh and put on the life of Christ. May these reminders be a blessing to you wherever you are, whatever you are doing.
  • Once you were in the domain of darkness, but now he has transferred you to the kingdom of his beloved Son. (1:13)
  • Once you were alienated, but now your life is hidden with Christ. (1:21; 3:3)
  •  Once you were hostile in mind, but now you have the knowledge of Christ. (1:21; 2:2)
  • Once you were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, but now God has raised you to life, forgiven your trespasses and you have been circumcised by putting off the body of flesh in baptism. (2:11-13)
  • You have died to the world and have been raised with Christ. (2:20, 3:1)
  • Put off self-made religion and instead worship God with thanksgiving. (2:23, 3:16)
  • Put of asceticism and severity to the body, instead set your mind on things above, put on the new self, which is renewed in knowledge after God's image. (2:18; 2:23; 3:1-2: 3:9)
  • Submit no longer to regulations but seek the things above, the substance that belongs to Christ. (2:17, 2:20, 3:1-2)
  • Put to death sexual immorality, instead put on compassion and the love which binds everything together in harmony. (3:5; 3:12; 3:14)
  • Put to death impurity, instead, walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing him through the power of the Spirit. (3:5; 1:10)
  • Put off passion and evil desire, instead learn to love with gentleness. (3:5, 3:12, 3:19)
  • Work no longer just for men, doing eye service, but instead, in everything work heartily, as unto God; for from him you shall receive your reward. (3:22; 3:23-24)

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