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Colossians 3:1-17 Put on the new self
It’s interesting to note that the pagan religions of Paul’s day taught little or nothing about personal morality: A worshipper could bow before an idol, put his offering on the altar, and go back to the same old life of sin. What a person believed had no direct relationship with how he behaved. Christianity should be much different.
That’s why Paul writes, “…set your hearts on things above.” He knows our hearts are prone to wander – our hearts are prone to run after the things on this earth – we tend to pursue those things we can taste, touch and feel. The verb “set” is in the present imperative, which means a continuous ongoing effort is required – that is, we are to persistently seek and keep on seeking! It’s not just a one-time decision, but is to be a daily activity. And this heavenly seeking is done through tenacious prayer - Jesus put it this way in…Matthew 7:7-8
The verb, “appear” means “to make visible what is invisible.” Get this – this is really cool: When Christ returns, the real position of the believer, which has been hidden to the world, will be made known. When Jesus is revealed in His glory, we’ll be totally transformed. Look at 1 John 3:2
Some of you are not going to like hearing about these sins. Maybe you came to church today to be encouraged with a positive message. You came for a warm hug this morning. And I get that - nobody likes a warm hug more than I do but here’s another way to look at it. God loves us too much to allow us to mess up our lives with sexual sins.
I want to finish this morning by having Josh Graber share his thoughts on these three verses – Josh leads our worship meetings every Tuesday and I couldn’t think of a person whose more passionate and insightful about the Word of God than Josh – especially when it comes to these verses.