Colossians 3:1-11 Putting Off And Putting On.

The resurrection is absolutely central to the practical instructions Paul gives in this letter. “If then you were raised with Christ,” is yet another way of saying if you are born again, if you are regenerated, if you are a new creature in Christ Jesus, it is because you have been crucified with Christ and raised with Him (vv. 1, 3 Cf. 2:12; Rom. 6:2). A death has occurred that a new life might spring forth. So if this is the case, then we should “seek those things which are above, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God” (v. 1 Cf. Eph. 1:20). It is not just the resurrection, but it is the reality that the resurrection led to the ascension to His messianic throne and reign. Christ rose to reign, and it is because of this reign that we have the power to live with a mind renewed with the revelation from heaven. This is what it means to set our minds on things above and, “not on things on the earth” (v. 2). Ultimately we will reign with the King we serve until He comes to complete His kingdom and hand it over to the Father (v. 4 Cf. I Cor. 15:43).

If we have indeed died, then our Life is hidden with Christ in God” (v. 3), and one day we will appear with Him in glory (v. 4). We have died to sin that we should no longer live therein (Rom. 6:2). We are called to die to a former way of life-“fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry” (v. 5). We may not achieve the perfection in Christ that we are aiming for, in this life, but when this life is over “we shall be like him (I Jn. 3:2). If we are to be more like Him, we need to be less like the people we were before we met Him. Our former conduct and way of life merited the wrath of God, as it continues for those who are “the sons of disobedience” (vv. 6-7 Cf. Rom. 1:18; I Cor. 6:11; Eph. 2:2; 4:19). There must be both a putting off and a putting on (vv. 8-10 Cf. Rom. 6:13; 8:13, 29; 12:2; Eph. 2:10; 4:22-24; 5:3-5). The old man’s deeds are put off through the new man being “renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him” (v. 10b). It begins and ends with renewing our minds according to the word.

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