Living the Good Life With Jesus
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Delivered By
Associate Minister - Rev. Vincent Turner
Delivered On
March 17, 2013
Central Passage
Colossians 3:1-10
Third Sunday Service

The following commentary is taken from the The Life Application Study Bible - Verse Summaries for Col 3: 1-10:

    v1: "In Chapter 3, Paul explains true Christian behavior - putting on the new nature by accepting Christ and regarding the old nature as dead.  We change our moral and ethical behavior by letting Christ live within us, so that He can shape us into what we should be.  Christ gives us power to help us live now, and He gives us hope for the future - He will return again.  Paul explains how Christians should act now in order to be prepared for Christ's return.

     v2-3: "For ye are dead" means we should have as little desire for this world as a dead person has.  The Christian's real home is where Christ lives (John 14:2,3).  This gives us a different perspective on our lives here on earth.  To "set your affection on things above" means to look at life from God's perspective and to seek what He desires.  This is the antidote to materialism; we gain the proper perspective on material goods when we take God's view of them.  The more we see life around us as God sees it, the more we live in harmony with Him.  We must not become too attached to what is only temporary.

     v5: "Mortify therefore your members" means we should consider ourselves dead and unresponsive to evil desires:  sexual sin, impurity, lustful desires and materialism.  Just like deceased limbs of a tree, they must be cut off before they destroy us.  We must make a conscious, daily decision to remove anything that supports or feeds these desires and to rely on the Holy Spirit's power.

     v8: Paul's words to "put off" these sins can also be translated "lay aside the old self and put on the new".  This action was not so much mystical but practical and moral.  Be done with your old morals and commit yourself to those (new morals) that  Christ teaches.  Paul was appealing to the commitment the believers had made in their baptism and urging them to remain true to the confession of faith.  They were "to put off" the old life and "put on" the new way of living given by Christ and guided by the Holy Spirit.  If you have made such a commitment, are you remaining true to it? 

     v10: The Christian is in a continuing education program.  The more we know Christ and His work, the more we are being changed to be like Him.  Because this process is lifelong, we must never cease learning and obeying.  There is no justification for drifting along, but there is an incentive to find the rich treasures of growing in Him.  It takes practice, review, patience and concentration to keep in line with His will."



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