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The New Self, Part Three

Rev. Michael Calvert, Ph.D., September 23, 2018
Part of the Colossians series.

This coming Sunday, our message will be taken from Colossians 3:12-14. The main subject at hand in this section of Paul’s letter, continuing from verses 1-10, is the “new self” (v. 10) which all who are in Christ now possess. By God’s grace, we are all “new creations” in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17).

And here in Colossians 3, Paul has also introduced us to the phrases “put to death” and “put off.” And we spent some time last week considering that list of terrible things that must be removed from our lives as we increasingly grow in Christ-like character.

On Sunday, we will consider the ‘other side of the fence,’ or what we must “put on” as we seek to follow our Lord. Beginning in verse 12, Paul provides a list of the beautiful virtues that should be progressively evident in our lives as the power of God’s Spirit gradually transforms us into the image of the Son.

This week we will consider the first two on Paul’s list; “compassionate hearts,” and “kindness.”

Colossians 3:12-17

12Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. 15And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. (KJV)