Summary: An exegetical approach to Colossians 3
Week 1: Colossians 3:1-4 Focused on What’s Above
Week 2: Colossians 3:5-11 5 Spiritual Cautions, 5 Spiritual Disciplines
Week 3: Colossians 3:12-17 In With the New Self (Part 1)
Week 4: Colossians 3:12-17 In With the New Self (Part 2)
Passage: Colossians 3:5-7
Title: Out With the Old Self
Focus: 5 Spiritual Cautions, 5 Spiritual Disciplines
Last Week: Seeking, Setting and Security in Christ
1. Seek: The External Action
2. Set: The Internal Action
3. Secure: Safety in Christ
Introduction: If you are a Christian then the passage in Colossians three has lots of application for you. To truly pull the meaning there must be a profession that Jesus Christ is Lord. If not, then seeking the application of the following message is merely an attempt at morality.
Remember, when you trusted Christ think of your salvation as a literal death. “For you have died” (verse 3) “Consider the members of your earthly body as dead” (verse 5). Therefore, since you have gone through this death, you have been “raised up” with Christ. “The old is gone and the new has come”.
Paul states that there is urgency in putting away the things of this earth. We must no longer go on living as though we are still alive to sin when you are not. Christians must put away that old life, which springs from their earthly natures. When Paul says, “Whatever belongs to your earthly nature” is literally “the members that are upon the earth”. Living earthly lives contradicts with the “things above” (Col. 3:1-2).
What do we need to put away as Christians? Take these cautions into consideration (Note: All of these cautions fall into a following of Spiritual Disciplines):
Read: Colossians 3:5-7
Caution #1: Avoid Immorality (Fornication/Idolatry)
• Explanation: Every form of fornication was seriously condemned by the Mosaic law (Lev. 21:9; 19:29; Deut. 22:20, 21, 23–29; 23:18; Ex. 22:16).
o To avoid getting into to must Old Testament sexual detail (stoning prostitutes, death to land and families because of unfaithfulness, etc.), we will explore how the word is more frequently used in a symbolic form than in its ordinary sense.
• Immorality/fornication often means when we forsake God for and how we follow after idols. You “cheat” on God for these things.
• New Testament Idols include (but are not limited to)
o Self – How you see yourself in comparison to God and others
• “When they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.” 2 Corinthians 10:12
o Time – How much work you do, how much time you rest, how well you make use of your time
• “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time.” Ephesians 5:15
o Possessions –What you do with your stuff
• “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” Luke 12:15