Living Beyond 1/3, The Believer & Sin
Topic: Spirituality, Growth, Sanctification, Holiness Scripture: Colossians 3:1–3:15
Believers are like the butterfly. They have become a new creature, something beautiful - the body of Christ. As such they have the capacity to fly. In Colossians chapter 3, Paul encourages the Colossians to stop crawling around in the filth but to get up and fly. Believers must stop being what they were and start being what they are in Christ. How are you to live in this new life that you have found in Jesus? Believers must put on the new self which is created in the image of Christ. This consists of a lifetime of discarding one’s sinful habits that characterize the old self in exchange for the righteous character of the new self in Christ Jesus.
Paul says to live and desire the things that are above and beyond this present world. This is the first of three messages in chapter 3 where we look deeply into this new life that we have been given in Jesus Christ our Lord. This morning we will think together on what it meaning to live beyond this world as it pertains to the believer and sin. Next, we will give considerable focus to the believer and Scripture. Lastly, there is the believer and the Christian home. This spiritual process of “putting on the new life” is described using the language of apparel. We who have believed in Christ must take Paul’s exhortations to heart.
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