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The New Self

Rev. Michael Calvert, Ph.D., September 9, 2018
Part of the Colossians series.

Our text for this Sunday’s message is Colossians 3:1-4. This is the opening section of a majestic portion of Paul’s letter that seeks to apply what God has done for us in Christ to every-day living.

As you read these verses, you can see that there are two related commands, each flowing from the fact that all who are in Christ have been “raised with Christ” (v. 1). The first command is, “seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God” (v. 1). The second command is, “set your mind on things that are above, not on the things that are on earth” (v. 2).

This is a way of saying that our salvation, which is eternally secure in our Savior, provides the basis for two specific expressions of obedience. One concerns what we are chasing after, or what we are seeking. The other deals with what we are thinking about and pondering.

This leads us to ask ourselves a couple of diagnostic questions as we prepare to study this passage: 1) What is it that your heart really longs for? 2) What is it that consumes or dominates your thoughts? Take a moment or two and reflect upon these questions in light of this passage (and the rest of chapter 3), and pray that our Father will speak His Word to us this Lord’s Day.

Colossians 3:1-11

1If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. 5Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: 7In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. 8But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. (KJV)