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The New Self, Part Four

Rev. Michael Calvert, Ph.D., September 30, 2018
Part of the Colossians series.

This coming Lord’s Day we will continue our look at Colossians 3:12-17 and the beautiful virtues that we must “put on” as those who are new creations in Christ Jesus.

As you remember, we have learned that these striking virtues stand in radiant contrast to what we used to be before we met our Savior. This list of personal moral and spiritual qualities—five in verse 12, two in verse 13, and one in verse 14—is also set forth in contrast to what we must continually “put off” and “put to death” (v. 5). These are sins and character traits that once defined who we were apart from Christ.

On Sunday we will concentrate our attention on the five positive virtues that are listed in verse 12, remembering that each one is especially linked to our relationships within the Church. And, as I confessed to you last week, we have deliberately ‘tapped the brakes’ as we have arrived at this section of Paul’s letter (yes, once gain this ‘summer series’ has been extended!). We want to go slow here as we try to understand such a critical passage regarding the life of the Church.

Last Lord’s Day we considered the first of the initial five virtues, “compassionate hearts.” This week we will look at the next two; “kindness,” and “humility.”

May our Father bless you richly and keep you in His loving care until we meet together before Him this Sunday!


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)