Put On the New Self
Colossians 3: 1-17
(1) If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. (2) Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. (3) For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. (4) When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
(5) Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. (6) On account of these the wrath of God is coming. (7) In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. (8) But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices (10) and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. (11) Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all and in all.
(12) Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, (13) bearing with one another and if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. (14) And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. (15) And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. (16) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. (17) And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father
Ok. I'm going to spend some time almost every day picking out a scripture and reflecting on it. Join me! I'm not going to structure it so I pick out a scripture in advance, but I'm going to let the Holy spirit lead me to one. Today, a fellow pastor from Staples, MN, was reading and offering commentary on this section of Colossians, so this is why I chose it. So it will go almost every day as I pick one out.
Colossians 3. What a powerful reading! "Put on" the new self. Its baptismal language. In the ancient church they would often be baptized naked or with a loin cloth and when they came out of the water, a bright white robe was put around them to signify everything Paul is speaking about in Colossians 3. It begins with the fact Jesus has been raised from the dead! The most pivotal event in the history of the world. If it is--set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on the earth. Does this mean we aren't to care about the earth, or care about justice, or be engaged in works of love? No, we must be about those things, but its by focusing on what God has done for us in Jesus that we are energized and driven to know Christ in heaven, to worship God, the Father. We are a new creation as Paul points out in other letters.
If this is true (and it is), we put to death those things that are the way of death and put on, as God's chosen ones, the things of God to revolutionize the world in the name of Jesus! Above all (1 Corinthians 13), we put on love. We let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts. Yes! Who doesn't need the peace of Christ? And we BE thankful! If anyone wants to know how to live in the Spirit and be changed or transformed into this new creation by God in Christ, here it is!
Do EVERYTHING in the name of the Lord Jesus! I hope you have a great rest of your day. Remember--you have put on Christ!
Be well and Peace,