Summary: Pentecost 11 (C) - Believers have been raised with Christ in order to put on the new self and in order to put off the old self.

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August 16, 2009 --


Colossians 3:1-11

INTRO: Today’s scripture text are words specifically pointed at believers. By grace God calls the believer out of darkness into his marvelous light! The life a believer lives after being called to faith is called a sanctified life. The Holy Spirit makes people holy by changing their hearts of stone into hearts of flesh. The Holy Spirit has sanctified the believer by this great change. Believers are made holy (sanctified) to lead and to live holy lives. We live holy lives by the power of Christ living in us. We live holy lives by the power of the resurrection of our Savior living in us. "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead"(1 PETER 1:3).


This certain truth of God’s empowers believers to:

I. Put on the new self.

II. Put off the old self.


A. The power of Christ living in the believer is the power displayed at his resurrection from the dead.

1. Verse 1a. These believers were the first generation to live after Jesus’ life and resurrection.

2. Verse 1b. The resurrection of Jesus and his ascension was to be the focus of their faith.

3. Rather than being caught up in the things of this world the believers were to look up, verse 2.

B. Verse 3. The lives of these believers were dramatically changed. They lived in Christ, not the world.

1. This meant that their lives were now hidden with Christ in God. They had died to sin.

2. Verse 4. These believers were blessed with faith. Their faith would provide a glorious future.

C. Verse 11. In this Christian faith and community there was now no difference among the believers.

1. God’s powerful word brought these various people of various backgrounds into his fellowship.

2. Verse 10. They were renewed in divine knowledge of God, the Lord God Almighty, Creator.

D. Today God’s word is still God’s word. God’s word and its meaning for our lives had not changed and will not change. “You have been raised with Christ”. The power of the resurrection of Jesus, our Savior, continues to live in believers. Daily we are being renewed though outwardly we are wasting away. The truth and the power of God’s word is our strength. "Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint" (ISAIAH 40:31). This is not physical strength but spiritual. As we grow older our bodies do wear out. As we grow in the wisdom and knowledge of God our souls are strengthened. We are reminded time and again to put our hope in the Lord, not men.

E. “You have been raised with Christ”. The resurrection of Jesus was a marvelous and miraculous display of divine power. It is this very same marvelous and miraculous power of God that dwells in our hearts and is displayed in our lives. God’s power gives us the strength to say “No” to worldliness and ungodliness. We are given power to cloth ourselves with a new creation. This is ours by faith through grace.

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