I. Live The Risen Life
Please notice, Paul emphasizes the centrality of Christ…such phrases…with Christ (3:1), where Christ (3:1), with Christ (3:3), when Christ (3:4), and all Christ (3:4)
1. The Reminder – “Since you have been raised to new life with Christ.” (3:1a)
- We have been “raised” up with Christ
- We have been co-resurrected with Christ
Believer’s spiritually are entered into Christ’s death and resurrection at the moment of their salvation.
“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” Galatians 2:20
2. The Responsibility – “Set your sights on the realities of heaven…Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” (3:1b,2)
- Stay Focused…set your sights…realities of heaven…Christ’s place
- Set Your Mind…think about…things of heaven… not on the earth
a. Realities of heaven
- Christ Sits in the place of honor at God’s Right Hand.
- Our Real Lives are Hidden with Christ.
- Christ is our Life and We will Share His Glory.
- Understanding Our Relationship with Christ, Clarifies our Eternity!
3. The Resource – “Where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. (3:1c)
- The Bible speaks often of Christ’s exalted place.
- Jesus is the fountain of blessing for His people. Jesus told His disciples,
“You can ask for anything in my name” (John 14:13)
“He is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.” (Rom 8:34)
“All of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ” (2Cor 1:20)
- The Reason
For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. (3:3)
First, we share a life with the Father and the Son.
Second, our new life is hidden from the World.
…Unbelievers don’t get it until they get Christ
Third, believers are eternally secure.
An inheritance that is kept in heaven for you (1Pet 1:4)
1. The Revelation
“When Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.” (3:4)
Revealed…at His 2nd Coming, The whole world will see him, but only Christ-followers will share in His glory.
The Lord knows those who are his (2Tim 2:19)
II. Put Sin to Death
“for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds.”
1. Take off your Sinful Nature
So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. (3:5a)
Put to death…Consider as dead (nekroo…kill, do away with)
? Since our lives are Hidden with Christ, Have nothing to do with Sin.
“You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world.” (3:7)
2. Things to Put to Death: 4 General Areas
- Immorality – “Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires.” (3:5b, 6)
The Greek word is “porneia”(33 Times), which means “sexual sin, fornication, idolatry, whoredom, or unchastity”, and it is connected with prostitution and the worship of fertility gods. It is a word that is used to describe all manner of sexual sins.
- Impurity – filthiness, uncleanness…
- Lust – sexual passion, loose with the body…
- Evil Desires – sexual lust in the mind…(Jam 1:15)
- Greed – “Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming.” (3:5c)
- Greedy desire to have more, covetousness, materialism, lust for something more.
- Idolatry is the worship of false gods, worshipping something of the world rather than our God. “I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.“ (Phi 4:11)
2. Anger – agitation, impulse, violent emotion, rage
“But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.” (3:8)
- Orge (Anger in GK) Deep, smoldering, resentful bitterness.
“Slow to get angry. Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.” (Jam 1:19-20)
3. Lying – speak falsehoods, deceive, utter an untruth
“Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds.” (3:9)
- These Sins Provoke the Anger to God.
We have had to say goodbye to the Old Man and Woman, to Mr. and Mrs., Wrong and all the habits, passions, and practices of the past. And because Jesus has restored our life, because He has given us abundant life, we are new creations, made in His image.
III. Put on Your New Nature – “be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.”
1. Dress your Self with New Life – “Put on your new nature…” (3:10)
- The Old Self, and the Evil practices, has been laid aside.
- The New Self, in contrast, is the Regenerated self. It is what believer’s are in Christ, all new!!
a. Unlike the ever-decaying depraved nature, the new self is continually being Renewed by God.
“In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.” (3:11)
This is for everyone!!!
3. Clothe Yourself (part 1)
“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.” (3:12-13)
a. tenderhearted mercy (oiktirmos…compassion, pity, mercy)
This is mercy or sympathy. One of the characteristics of a genuine Christian is that he or she possesses heartfelt compassion for other Christians. This is nothing less than feeling towards others as God feels towards them.
b. kindness (…goodness, kindness, gentleness)
This is a sweetness of disposition. It is also translated generosity or goodness. A person who is kind has good things to say about others, is considerate of the feelings of others. Their words are tempered with grace and with tenderness. A kind person is not abrupt or harsh but is soft-hearted, and genuinely cares about others.
c. humility (tapeinophrosyn)
This means that we are to submit ourselves one to another. Putting the other person before ourselves, to have a proper estimation of ourselves. It means to be lowly. In God’s economy it is the lowly that are exalted and the proud who are brought down. If Jesus humbled Himself, even to death on the cross, we too must humble ourselves.
d. gentleness (mildness, gentleness of spirit, meekness). It is the willingness to suffer injury instead of inflicting it. What a contrast with the way the world thinks. The Bible says Jesus was meek, and we know He was not weak. Meekness, from a biblical perspective, is strength under control. It takes a greater strength to exhibit meekness than to burst forth with anger and lose control.
e. patience (makrothymia…longsuffering, endurance, constancy, steadfastness, perseverance)
We are told to clothe, or envelop ourselves, with patience. This is longsuffering, especially in the face of injury or insult. It is marked by the ability to respond in love when others treat us poorly.
William Barclay writes, “This is the spirit which never loses its patience with its fellow-men. Their foolishness and their un-teachability never drive it to cynicism or despair; their insults and their ill-treatment never drive it to bitterness or wrath” (The Letters to the Philippians, Colossians, and Thessalonians [Louisville: Westminster, 1975], p. 158).
f. make allowances
That means to put up with or tolerate one another. It can even mean “to endure.” Have you ever know those people you simply had to endure. Being around them is never any fun, it is never a joy or pleasure.
Forgive one another, even as Christ forgave us. Even if you have a valid complaint against someone, forgive.
I have seen people who call themselves Christians who have unforgiving spirits. Their pride and ego was wounded and they cannot bring themselves to forgive another Christian for some offense. One author puts it this way: “Forgiveness is surrendering my right to hurt you for hurting me.” (Archibald Hart)
To forgive someone involves three things.
First, it means to forego the right of striking back.
Second, it means replacing the feeling of resentment and anger with good will,
Third, it means the forgiving person takes steps to restore good relations.
For the true Christian, forgiveness may not be easy, but it’s not optional either.
above All…walk in
“Clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.” (3:14)
- We “stripped off your old sinful nature” now live in Love. Love for God and Love for others.
“My commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.” (John 15:12)
“Let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace.” (3:15a)
“It isn’t enough to talk about Peace, One Must Believe In It…” – Eleanor Roosevelt
“All who listen to me will live in peace.” (Prov 1:33)
“And always be thankful. Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.” (3:15b-16)
whatever you do or say…
k. represent Jesus
“Do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus.” (3:17a)
- Live like you are Modeling Jesus to the World, because you are!!
l. Give Thanks – “Giving thanks through him to God the Father.” (3:17b)
“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1Thess 5:18)