We continue our study of Colossians, which we
have called “The Sufficiency Of Christ Alone”. We looked
last time at the positional life. This week in Chapter 3 and verses
5-14 I want to look at ‘The Practical Life’. What we have in
Him must be exhibited in our daily life for all to see. Have your
Bible in hand as we unpack this rather lengthy text.
If we are going to live out in our
life practically what we have by position in Him we must learn of ‘Death
To Self’. In verse 5 we see the ‘What Of Death’. Paul
calls us to ‘mortify’ our members. This word means to put to
death. This is not something we do but something we believe and
reckon to have been done in Christ’ death on the cross. When we
believe our old nature to be dead it is depleted of power over the
new nature. Paul tells us in Romans 6 that when we reckon our old
man dead the spirit of temptation which rules over this world is
rendered powerless over the child of God. In verse 5 Paul gives us
a portrait of our old man in the ‘Why Of Death’. Our old
nature is full of fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affections,
evil lustful passions, and covetousness that leads to idolatry.
Isn’t it hard to believe that the sweetest of religious folks has
one who lives in them that looks like this? In verses 6 and 7 we see
the ‘Where Of Death’. Before we walked in the power of the
old man and were under the condemnation of God. I bless the Lord
that this was a walk of days gone by and now I can reckon myself
dead to sin because of Calvary. ‘Thanks to Calvary I don’t come
In the practical life of God’s
people we learn in verses 8-14 of the ‘Dressing Of Self’.
Let us look in verses 8-9 at the ‘Putting Off Of The Old Man’.
The dressing of the child of God has been called by some ‘from
rags to robes’. The phrase “But now…” is used together
with the putting off of the old to tell us of the timing. It seems
from the text something has been done for us on the cross that
causes us to say but now has the old man been put off. It is
certainly a thing procured at Calvary that becomes my present
realty. Paul lists in verses 8-9 the ragged ‘habits’ of my
old nature. A habit is a behavior pattern acquired by frequent
repetition. He lists six habits of our old man that are anger,
wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication, and lying. When
we look at the deeds of our old man and realize how deplorable they
are I wonder why it is so difficult for me to part with these old
The phrase ‘put off’ is a
violent term of stripping it off or tearing it away. Sin must be
dealt with harshly. It cannot be tolerated in the smallest degree.
In verses 10-14 Paul mentions 3
times the idea of ‘putting on the new man’. In these verses
we see that the new man has taken residence in the child of God at
the point of salvation. The new man is created in the image of
Christ and believes Christ to be all in all.
This new man that lives within us
verses 12-13 tells us is ‘chosen of God’. This man is holy
and full of the beloved love of God. He is full of mercy,
kindness, meekness, longsuffering, and is humble in His mind.
He is patient with others and quick to forgive and forget.
In verse 14 we are told that we
have put on the love of God that seeks to bring us into the perfect
likeness of Christ. I wonder in my own life why such a gap exists
between what I know to be true and what I show in my daily walk.
Lord let the world see less of my rags and more of my robes.