Thursday, September 11, 2014

Colossians 3A: Choose Christ Our Life

Col 3:1-17 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. 

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you:  sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your  God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Paul begins this segment by asserting that we have been raised with Christ and are now seated with Christ at the right hand of God. From that vantage position of power and victory over all, we are now hidden in Christ and Christ has become the animating life in our inner being. We are "logged on" to the heavenly Source and now "online" to decide where we would want to go. Christ is our new New-Self Browser which allows us to go to Christ sites to download everything we need to live a godly life. But the Old-Self Browser has not been uninstalled. We can still open it up and it will lead us to ungodly sites that promote "sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness" (Col. 3:5). When we stay away from these ungodly sites, we stay away from "anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth" (Col 3:8).

The New-Self Browser that has been installed in our OS is constantly being upgraded: it "is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator" (Col 3:10). So when we choose to use this new browser, we will find many new sites and spiritual apps we have never seen before. We can download these godly apps and installed them into our OS:  "compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience." We have a choice: we can put away the use of the Old-Self browser or we can re-activate it and indulge in the old sinful passions.

But since Christ is our Life, as we read the Scripture and pray, He download daily into our OS updates of godly virtues and graces. But we need to stay logged-on through obedience to His Spirit. Self-ambition and other Christ-denying activities will mean hanging our New Life browser and denying us access to Christ-sites.

We have a choice. Like Joshua's generation we have the power to choose life and also the freedom to choose death:

  • Josh 24:1415 "Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."

Father, thank You that Christ is now our life. Help us to put away the old sinful self and put on Christ who is our life. Amen.

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