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      • Matthew 25NIV2011

  • INTRODUCTION

    Today we’re gonna
    continue our series in
    the book of Colossians.
    Let’s turn together
    in our Bibles
    to Colossians
    chapter 3.
    & we’re gonna read
    verses 1-10.
    Colossians 3:1-10
    & when you find that
    in your Bible
    pls stand for the reading
    of God’s Word.
    The title of
    today’s teaching is
    Renewed in God’s Image
    Part 1:
    In Colossians 3:1-10
    Colossians 3:1–10 (NASB 2020)
    Therefore, if you have been raised with Christ, keep seeking the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
    Set your minds on the things that are above, not on the things that are on earth.
    For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
    When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
    Therefore, treat the parts of your earthly body as dead to sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.
    For it is because of these things that the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience,
    and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them.
    But now you also, rid yourselves of all of them: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene speech from your mouth.
    Do not lie to one another, since you stripped off the old self with its evil practices,
    and have put on the new self, which is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created it—
    You may be seated.
    So far in this letter
    Paul has focused
    mainly on
    right doctrine.
    He’s reminded
    the saints in Colossae
    & us
    that the gospel
    they heard abt
    the Lord Jesus Christ
    is the Apostolic faith.
    He’s encouraged us
    to stick w/
    that faith.
    & make sure
    we do not allow ourselves
    to be carried away
    by the false philosophies
    of puffed up preachers
    who come up w/
    something new.
    The knowledge
    that leads to salvation
    has been once for all
    delivered to the saints
    in the Church.
    In the Church
    all of humanity
    is invited to become
    a part of
    the new creation
    in the kingdom of Light
    where we can be
    renewed in God’s image.
    In today’s passage
    Paul starts
    to turn the corner
    frm doctrine
    into application.
    He begins to
    gives us
    concrete ways
    to apply
    the truths of the gospel
    to our lives.
    Today we’ll
    talk abt two things
    we must do
    to be
    Renewed in God’s Image.
    PRAYER
    Let’s pray.
    Holy Father
    open our minds & hearts
    to receive the truth
    & give us grace
    to walk in the truth.
    In Jesus name.
    Amen.
    [Transition: The 1st thing
    we’ve gotta do to be
    Renewed in
    God’s Image is.
    We’ve gotta...]
    Seek and set our minds on heavenly things
    Paul starts today’s passage
    by once again
    reminding us what
    happens in our baptism.
    & if it seems like
    I’ve talked a lot
    abt baptism
    in this series
    it’s bcs I have.
    But only bcs Paul
    talks abt it so much
    in this letter.
    In Colossians 3:1
    Colossians 3:1 (NASB 2020)
    Therefore, if you have been raised with Christ, keep seeking the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
    When we’re
    united w/ Christ
    in baptism—
    we’re raised
    together w/ Him.
    His death becomes
    our death;
    His resurrection becomes
    our resurrection.
    We’re connected
    to Christ Jesus
    in a mysterious
    but very real way.
    & where Jesus is
    we who are
    united to Him
    are there also.
    Christ is seated
    at the right hand
    of the throne
    of God the Father
    in Heaven.
    & we who are
    connected to Him
    are there also.
    Since that’s true
    we need to keep
    seeking the things
    that are above.
    Seeking first
    Christ’s kingdom
    & His righteousness.
    Seeking to know
    & do His will
    & become like Him
    thru the grace
    He gives us.
    At all times
    & in all ways
    we who have
    been raised w/ Christ
    need to seek
    the things abv.
    Paul doubles dwn
    on this
    in Colossians 3:2-3.
    He says:
    Colossians 3:2–3 (EOB: NT)
    Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are on the earth.
    For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
    One way we seek
    the things abv
    is by setting our minds
    on the things abv.
    Though we are
    on this earth
    we no longer
    belong to
    this world.
    We belong
    to Christ.
    We’ve died
    w/ Christ
    to the things
    of this world.
    Our life is abv
    in heaven—
    hidden w/ Christ
    in God.
    We belong to
    a heavenly kingdom.
    So we’ve gotta
    keep 100%
    of our focus on
    that kingdom.
    We cannot
    allow ourselves
    to get caught up
    in the concerns
    & kingdoms
    of this world.
    We’ve gotta get
    our minds off of
    the temporary
    earthly things.
    & keep our minds
    on the eternal
    & heavenly things.
    & when this world
    tries to distract us
    we’ve gotta
    keep coming back
    to this reality:
    This world
    is not our home.
    Our citizenship
    Our true home
    Our life
    is in heaven.
    But that’s not all.
    Paul goes
    in Colossians 3:4.
    to remind us
    our hope
    is also in heaven.
    Paul says:
    Colossians 3:4 (NASB 2020)
    When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
    Here Paul echoes
    the truth he
    already taught us
    back in
    Colossians 1:24-27.
    He said:
    Colossians 1:24–27 (NASB 2020)
    Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am supplementing what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions in behalf of His body, which is the church.
    I was made a minister of this church according to the commission from God granted to me for your benefit, so that I might fully carry out the preaching of the word of God,
    that is, the mystery which had been hidden from the past ages and generations, but now has been revealed to His saints,
    to whom God willed to make known what the wealth of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles is, the mystery that is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
    The hope of glory
    for those who are
    united w/ Christ
    in the Church.
    The hope of
    becoming by grace
    what Jesus is
    by nature.
    That’s the
    main message
    of the Word of God.
    That’s the
    main message
    of the gospel—
    Christ in us
    & us in Christ
    recreated in
    God’s image
    to share in
    God’s glory.
    John puts it
    this way
    in 1 John 3:2-3
    1 John 3:2–3 (NASB 2020)
    Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.
    And everyone who has this hope set on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
    You want something
    that’s worth living for—
    something worth
    giving up everything
    in this world
    to obtain?
    This is it!
    This is the pearl
    of great price.
    This is the
    treasure that’s
    beyond compare.
    This is what we have
    to look fwd to
    when our life
    is hidden w/ Christ
    in God.
    One day we will
    see Christ as He is
    in His glory.
    We will see
    His face.
    & we will
    be like Him
    as we share
    in His glory!
    That’s the reality
    for all who get
    attached to
    & stay attached to
    Christ’s body—
    which is the Church.
    That’s the reality
    for all who are
    being remade
    in God’s image.
    When we’re in Christ
    we’ve died
    w/ Him.
    & we’re raised
    w/ Him to sit
    w/ Him
    in heavenly places.
    Our life is not
    on this earth.
    Our life is
    at the right hand
    of God in heaven.
    So to be
    renewed in God’s Image
    We’v gotta
    Seek & set our minds on
    heavenly things.
    [Transition: & we also
    need to do
    a 2nd thing.
    We need to…]
    Put to death and put away earthly things
    At the beginning
    of Colossians 3:5.
    Paul says:
    Colossians 3:5 (NASB 2020)
    Therefore, treat the parts of your earthly body as dead...
    Bcs we have
    died w/ Christ
    to this world
    & no longer belong
    to this world;
    Bcs we’re raised
    w/ Christ & now
    have our lives
    hidden w/ Him
    in heaven.
    We’ve gotta live
    in that reality......now.
    We’ve gotta
    get everything
    that’s earthly
    out of our lives.
    We’ve gotta
    put it all to death.
    We’ve gotta treat
    our earthly body parts
    as though they are
    once & for all
    dead to the sinful
    ways in which we
    once walked
    when we still
    belonged to this world.
    Paul teaches
    this same truth in
    Romans 6:1-10.
    He says:
    Romans 6:1–10 (NASB 2020)
    What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?
    Far from it! How shall we who died to sin still live in it?
    Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death?
    Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in newness of life.
    For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection,
    knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin;
    for the one who has died is freed from sin.
    Now if we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him,
    knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, is never to die again; death no longer is master over Him.
    For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all time; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.
    Notice Paul
    repeats
    the same facts
    He stated
    in Colossians.
    We died to sin
    when we were
    baptized into
    Christ’s death.
    Thru the glory
    of the Father
    We’ve been buried
    & raised w/ Christ
    thru baptism into death
    so we can walk in
    newness of life.
    We were crucified w/ Christ
    so that our old self
    the body of sin
    might be stripped off—
    done away w/—
    So we wld no longer
    be slaves to sin.
    The one who
    dies w/ Christ
    is free frm sin.
    & the death Christ died
    He died to sin
    once & for all.
    Those are the facts.
    & just like
    he does
    in Colossians 3
    Paul goes on
    in Romans 6:11-14
    to tell us
    how to live
    in light of
    those facts.
    He says:
    Romans 6:11–14 (NASB 2020)
    So you too, consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus.
    Therefore sin is not to reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts,
    and do not go on presenting the parts of your body to sin as instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those who are alive from the dead, and your body’s parts as instruments of righteousness for God.
    For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under the Law but under grace.
    In light of
    what we are in Christ—
    then like Christ—
    we’ve gotta keep on
    considering ourselves—
    to be dead to sin
    once & for all
    & alive to God
    in Christ.
    This is the same thing
    Paul said
    in Colossians.
    Treat the parts
    of your earthly body
    as dead to sin.
    Consider yourselves
    to be
    dead to sin
    once & for all
    & to be
    alive to God.
    Don’t let sin reign
    in your body
    by obeying it’s lusts.
    Don’t present
    the members
    of your body—
    Don’t use any part
    of your body
    to engage in
    any kind
    of unrighteousness.
    Instead—
    Present every part
    of yourself
    to God.
    & use every part of
    your body
    as instruments
    of righteousness.
    This is the key
    to living a life
    where we’re being
    Renewed in
    God’s Image.
    We’ve gotta keep
    considering the facts.
    We’ve gotta blv
    God really did
    work a miracle in us
    & change us when
    we were
    baptized into Christ.
    We’ve gotta
    keep remembering
    what happened
    in our baptism.
    & we’ve gotta
    keep living it out.
    As Paul says in
    Colossians 3:9-10
    When we were
    baptized into Christ
    Colossians 3:9–10 (NASB 2020)
    …[we] stripped off the old self with its evil practices,
    and have put on the new self, which is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created it
    The imagery
    is of us changing
    clothes.
    When we’re baptized
    The old self
    w/ its evil practices
    is stripped off—
    like a dirty
    disgusting
    soiled & smelly
    old robe.
    We strip that off
    & get rid of it.
    & like a crisp & clean
    glowing & glorious
    white robe
    of righteousness
    we put on
    the New Self.
    & as we stay attached
    to Christ’s body
    in the Church
    & keep our
    our new robe
    frm becoming dirty
    w/ earthly things
    we become more
    & more worthy
    of that robe
    as we become
    more & more
    Christlike.
    As we’re
    being transformed
    frm one degree
    of glory to another
    by God’s grace.
    God’s goal
    is that we all
    be perfected
    in Christ.
    To reach that goal
    we’ve gotta
    Put off & put away
    earthly things.
    Paul goes on
    in Colossians 3:5
    to tell us
    the earthly things
    we’ve gotta put off
    & put away.
    He says:
    Colossians 3:5 (NASB 2020)
    Therefore, treat the parts of your earthly body as dead to sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.
    As in our day
    The sins Paul
    lists here
    were rampant
    in the society
    in Colossae.
    The first 4 sins
    cover every form
    of sexual sin.
    Starting w/
    Sexual immorality.
    The Greek word is
    πορνιεα
    This includes sins
    like Adultery
    or engaging in
    sexual relationships
    w/ someone
    other than
    your spouse.
    Fornication
    or having any sexual relationship
    bfr marriage
    btwn one man
    & one woman.
    &, as you can
    probably hear
    frm the Greek word......
    πορνιεα
    also includes the
    most rampant form
    of sexual immorality
    in our society today:
    Which is
    Pornography
    in its various forms.
    The next three words:
    impurity
    passion
    & evil desire
    are progressively
    worse sexual sins.
    & includes
    every unnatural
    sexual activity:
    Masturbation
    All sexual acts
    btwn men & women
    that cannot potentially result
    in the procreation.
    Homosexual acts
    I think you get
    the idea.
    Those sexual sins
    & others like them
    have no place
    in the life
    of Christians.
    Paul also
    mentions the sin
    of Greed.
    & then Paul says:
    Greed is idolatry.
    When we’re greedy
    we make
    whatever we’re
    greedy for
    into an idol.
    We give that thing
    the place
    that belongs to God.
    So sexual sins
    & greed are not
    compatible
    w/ a new life
    in Christ.
    & we’ve gotta
    consider ourselves
    dead to those things.
    We’ve gotta aggressively
    deal w/ all of
    those earthly things.
    & do whatever
    it takes to get them
    out of our lives.
    Paul goes on
    in Colossians 3:8-9
    to list other sins
    we’ve gotta
    get rid of.
    He says:
    Colossians 3:8–9 (NASB 2020)
    But now you also, rid yourselves of all of them: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene speech from your mouth.
    Do not lie to one another...
    The six sins
    Paul mentions here
    are sins a lot of
    professing Christians
    seem not to take
    too seriously.
    Anger
    & wrath or rage
    go together.
    Anger is
    what we feel
    twd others
    on the inside.
    Rage is anger
    that makes it
    to the surface
    & explodes out of us
    As we lash out
    angry outbursts.
    Now
    there are things
    that shld
    arose anger in us.
    We shld be angry—
    as God is—
    w/ the sinfulness
    we see in the world
    all around us.
    Injustice.
    Immorality.
    Inhumane acts.
    Lawlessness.
    False teaching
    that drags ppl
    into eternal torment
    those things
    shld make us angry.
    Those things shld
    arose a righteous anger
    in all of us.
    But let’s be honest
    is that the type
    of anger we have
    when we explode
    on someone
    who does something
    we don’t like.
    That person
    who cuts you off
    in traffic
    & you lean
    on the horn
    w/ one hand
    show them
    you think they’re
    number one
    w/ the other hand
    & tell them
    how stupid
    you think they are.
    Is that
    righteous anger?
    Or what abt
    When your server
    is not the best
    at a restaurant
    Or your food
    is wrong
    Or ppl bother you
    while you’re
    working on something
    & you lash out
    at them.
    Is that
    righteous anger?
    We’ve all heard
    or made excuses
    for our anger
    & outbursts.
    “I’m having a bad day.”
    “I didn’t get
    “enough sleep.”
    “I’ve always been
    “this way.”
    It’s time we
    who have been
    born again
    stop making excuses
    for sinful behavior.
    God will not
    accept our excuses.
    We’ve gotta learn
    to live differently.
    What you
    or I have
    always been like
    is irrelevant
    once we’re united
    w/ Christ.
    In Christ
    We’ve gotta put
    all of those excuse
    & all of that
    bad behavior
    away frm us.
    Paul says
    anger & rage
    have no place
    in the life
    of a Christian.
    & neither do
    the next three
    sins Paul mentions.
    These also
    go together.
    The 1st one
    is malice.
    & like anger
    malice is something
    that starts inside
    of us.
    Malice is bad feelings
    twd someone else.
    & a desire to see
    evil or harm
    come to them.
    When
    malicious feelings
    twd others
    come to the surface
    they can come out of us
    as slander.
    We say things
    to others
    to hurt the reputation
    of the person
    we’re slandering.
    & malice can also
    come out as
    obscene talk.
    & this is not
    necessarily
    cuss words—
    though it cld
    include that.
    Cussing does not
    look good
    on Christians.
    Obscene talk
    is any kind of
    abusive speech.
    Cutting words
    that are meant to hurt
    or tear dwn
    someone else.
    None of those
    have any business
    in the lives of
    members of the Church.
    & we’ve gotta
    rid ourselves
    of all those behaviors
    Paul mentions
    one final sin
    He says
    do not lie
    to one another.
    When ppl lie
    they’re not acting
    like our Father in Heaven
    they’re acting like
    their father the devil.
    We who are connected
    to the One who is truth
    shld never lie
    to one another.
    Not white lies
    or red lies
    or blue lies
    or green lies
    Nor Small lies
    or big lies
    or anywhere
    in between lies.
    I felt like the new
    Doctor as
    I wrote that.
    Any way
    the point is:
    We’ve gotta
    rid ourselves
    of all forms lying.
    Those 11 sins
    & any other sins
    like the ones
    Paul mentions here
    have no place
    in the New Life
    we’re called to live
    in Christ.
    Notice the past
    tense phrases
    in Colossians 3:7.
    Paul says:
    Colossians 3:7 (NASB 2020)
    ..in [these sins] you also once walked, when you were living in them.
    We once walked
    in sins
    and we were
    living in sins.
    But if we’ve been
    baptized into Christ—
    the person who
    committed those sins
    is dead
    buried
    & stripped off.
    & we now
    has gotta be
    aggressively
    dealt w/.
    Put to death
    & put off.
    We’ve gotta live
    like we’re
    dead to sin.
    & notice
    In Colossians 3:6.
    Paul gives us
    the reason
    we’ve gotta
    put to death
    & put off the sins
    we once walked in.
    He says:
    Colossians 3:6 (NASB 2020)
    For it is because of these things that the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience...
    If we’re not living
    like we’re dead to sin
    If we’re not
    ridding ourselves
    of the old person
    we were outside
    of Christ
    then no matter
    what we profess
    to know abt Jesus
    we will face
    God’s wrath
    on the day of judgment.
    That is seriously scary stuff.
    It’s especially scary
    considering
    so much of what passes
    for Christian teaching
    tells us we can relax.
    Don’t worry abt it.
    Jesus did it all.
    God will never judge us
    for our sins
    if we’re in Christ.
    He might give us
    a slap on the wrist
    & take away our toys
    but he’ll never
    condemn us
    if we’re in Christ.
    Lying false teachers
    who say such things
    speak empty words
    bcs they do not know
    the Scriptures
    or the power of God.
    Remember
    Paul wrote
    this letter to ppl
    who are in Christ.
    But he warns them.
    They’d better make sure
    they live like
    their dead to sin.
    Bcs if they don’t
    they will face God’s wrath
    that will come on
    all the sons
    of disobedience
    on judgment day.
    Paul expands on this
    sobering teaching
    in Ephesians 5:1-10.
    He says:
    Ephesians 5:1–10 (NASB 2020)
    Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children;
    and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.
    But sexual immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be mentioned among you, as is proper among saints;
    and there must be no filthiness or foolish talk, or vulgar joking, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks.
    For this you know with certainty, that no sexually immoral or impure or greedy person, which amounts to an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
    See that no one deceives you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.
    Therefore do not become partners with them;
    for you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light
    (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth),
    as you try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
    To ppl whom Paul calls
    Beloved children of God
    He also says:
    Don’t let anyone
    deceive you abt this:
    Ppl who commit
    these sins
    will have no
    inheritance in
    God’s kingdom.
    Ppl who become
    partners w/
    the sons of disobedience
    will face the wrath
    of God one day.
    & professing
    to be a Christian
    does not exempt us
    frm that.
    If we do not
    count ourselves
    dead to sin
    & alive to God;
    & if we do not
    consistently
    live a life
    that reflects those facts
    We will not
    inherit God’s kingdom.
    We will receive
    God’s wrath.
    I don’t want that.
    You don’t want that.
    To avoid that
    we’ve gotta
    keep
    CONCLUSION
    As we close
    how do we
    how to avoid
    the wrath of God.
    We’ve gotta be
    Renewed in God’s Image.
    We’ve gotta
    learn to live
    every moment
    seeking and setting
    our minds on
    Heavenly things.
    Bcs that’s where
    our life & our hope
    is hidden w/ Christ
    in God.
    We’ve also gotta
    Put to death
    & Put off
    earthly things.
    We’ve gotta live
    like it’s impossible
    for us to use our bodies
    to sin.
    We’ve gotta
    choose to never
    use our bodies
    for unrighteouness.
    But instead
    use them for
    righteousness.
    If we’ll do those things
    then we will be
    transformed by God’s grace
    frm one degree of glory
    to another
    until we’re finally
    Renewed in God’s Image.
    PRAYER
    Let’s all stand
    for prayer.
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