Off and On Colossians 3:8-13 (Summer Sermon series)

·        June 13, 2018 Part 1

       Written around 60-62 AD by Paul, while he was imprisoned in Rome.

·         Colossae had a mixed population of Jews and Gentiles, which lead to a diverse church, but also led to heresies within the church itself.

·         Paul didn’t actually found the church, but it was Epaphras.

o   Birth place of Gnosticism (God is good but matter is evil, need a secret knowledge to get to heaven. Jesus was only a derivative of God and not fully human or fully God.)

o   The heresy embraced Jewish legalism, (circumcision for salvation, observance of ceremonial rituals of OT law (dietary, festivals Sabbaths) and rigid asceticism. Also, worship of angels and mystical experience.

·         Epaphras was so concerned with this that he left Colossae to Rome to find Paul.

·         Historical and Theological Themes:

o   Deity of Christ

o   Reconciliation

o   Redemption

o   Election

o   Forgiveness

o   Nature of the Church

o   Refutes heretical teaching

Colossians 3:8-17

v. 8-9  Who We Were:

·         Anger – A strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure or hostility

·         Rage- Violent, uncontrollable anger

·         Malice- the intention or desire to do evil; ill will

·         Slander- making false and damaging statements about someone, or to damage their reputation

·         Abusive Speech- extremely offensive and insulting speech

·         Message Version: But you know better now, so make sure it’s all gone for good: bad temper, irritability, meanness, profanity, dirty talk.

·         NIV: But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.

·         NLT: But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.

If we are being honest, how many of us can say we don’t struggle with any of these? Get a little hungry and we get irritable like a toddler, we get hangry.

Its seems as if each one of these leads to the next: We get angry, then we are enraged (in the past I have gotten so angry I blacked out.) From this point we want to do harm to someone, which can lead to gossiping about them and ultimately confrontation.

·         Don’t lie to each other

o   Why do we lie to each other (inside the church and outside)?

§  Fear

§  Ego

·         It all boils down to one thing: selfishness

o   Some people will do anything they can to get ahead. That means destroying the lives of others, while claiming to be a Christian, or a good person.

 

Take That Off (v9)

·         “You laid aside the old self with its evil practices.

o   Think of dying, or being baptized

§  You are buried under the ground. That person is dead.

Put This On (v10)

·         “and have put on the new self” (v10)

o   Being resurrected

§  You are alive because of the power of Christ, brought out of the water under someone else’s strength, not your own.

o   This new self that you have put on, is Christ. He begins to take who you are and sanctify it to make you more like Him. You don’t lose what makes you you, but you find your identity in Christ and not in the world. The decisions that you make begin to be influenced and guided by God and not by the crowd. And, the longer that you are found in Christ, the easier it is to go against the desires of the world and the flesh.

o   Take off and Put On in the Greek has an understanding of finality. Its once-for all. Once you take off the old self, you can’t put it back on.

·         Renewed to a true knowledge…”

o   who is constantly being renewed”

§  Salvation leads to sanctification

·         If you are saved, you should not continue to live like you did before. We should not stay spiritually immature for our entire lives. Growth should begin at salvation.

§  Double meaning in the Greek

·         Neos – new in time (progression)

·         Kainos ­– New in quality, fresh

o   So we are both new, but are also being renewed at the same time.

o   Knowledge-

§  Not what the Gnostics thought. The knowledge itself could never change a person’s life to make him like Christ. The better he gets to know Christ, the more he becomes like Him.

·         Are we striving to know Christ better?

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 Pt 2 June 20, 2018

Still Looking New (v11)

·         A renewal which eliminates distinctions

o   Greek and Jew

o   Circumcised and Uncircumcised

o   Barbarian (insult, untrained in Greek language and culture) , Scythian (ancient nomadic and warlike people that invaded the Fertile Crescent in the 7th century BC. Savagery, most hated and most feared of all the “so-called” barbarians)

o   Slave and Free

o   Christ is all, and in all (He is the savior of all who trust in Him, not just a certain race/social class.

Who We Are Becoming (v12)

·         Chosen by God:

o   We don’t just decide one day to get saved, or become a Christian. It is through the compelling of the Holy Spirit. (Guy I worked with who said he would get saved Sunday.)

o   No one is converted solely by his own choice. It is in response to God’s grace.

o   The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin, and then we decide whether or not we will respond appropriately to that conviction.

·         Holy and Beloved:

o   Rich language for followers of Christ

o   Holy- Obviously we will still struggle with sin, but when God looks at us, as believers, He sees the righteousness of Christ that has been imputed to us.

§  When we struggle, we should fight with the strength of Christ. When we give up, we are saying that not even the strength of God can prevent us from sinning.

§  Our desire though should be to not sin. Paul wrote in Romans 6:15, “What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means!”

o   Beloved- Dearly Loved, a much loved person. It’s a term of endearment. A special title to those that are children of God.

§  As God’s beloved, our love for Him should be obvious. When we love someone, we listen to what they have to say. This means we need to read His word, and apply it to our lives. (Romans 6:12-14)

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Part 3 July 11, 2018

What to Wear: (12-13)

·         Heart of Compassion (Hebrews used internal organs figuratively to describe the seat of emotions)

o   Sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others

o   NKJV – Tender Mercies- A constant attitude of heart that makes us easy to live with. It  demolishes apathy and hard-heartedness.

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§  God showed us a heart of compassion/tender mercy when He delivered us to restore our relationship with Him.

·         Kindness

o   Friendly, generous, considerate

o   David and Mephibosheth- Meph (was crippled as a young child and could not walk) should have been condemned to die, but David showed him the kindness of God by adopting him as his own son and allowing him to live with him and eat from his table.

§  David is like God and we are like Mephibosheth. We are crippled spiritually and are condemned to die because of our sin. God in his kindness will adopt us into His family and allow us to eat at His table when we choose to follow after Him.

·         Humility

o   Having the proper estimate of oneself in the will of God; humbleness. They think of others first and not themselves.

§  Our world is driven by pride. It’s about what “I” can do, how “I” feel, etc. Following Christ means that we think and act on what “He” can do, and what “He” has said. We think of the needs of others more than our own. We serve out of a loving heart, and not obligation, etc. We brag on Jesus, and not ourselves.

·         Gentleness

o   Quality of being kind, tender, mild-mannered

o   Meekness- Power under control. (A soothing wind, a healing medicine, a trained horse.) Any of these things, when there is excess can become dangerous but when it is under control it is pleasant.

·         Patience

o   Capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble or suffering without getting angry or upset

o   Long-suffering- a long fuse. Doesn’t act impulsively but rationally with self-control.

§  I think we all understand what it is, and can come up with examples as to why we need patience.

·         Bearing with one another:

o   “To hold up”; “to hold back”. This could mean to hold back a punishment or reaction to someone that is deserving, it could also mean to be the one supporting someone else in their time of need. Like Aaron and Hur did for Moses when he couldn’t hold his arms up any longer, we can be the person that holds someone up when they desperately need it. This can be a difficult thing because it requires us to sacrifice our time and sometimes our comfort to be there for someone else. It is a very personal thing because you begin to bear some of their burden. Also, it can be difficult for us as well to allow someone else to bear part of our burden. It takes humility to admit that we have a problem.

o   It is so important that we are willing to bear each other’s burdens, without sharing it with the world. There is a level of trust that is necessary to bear another person’s burden, or to allow someone else to help with yours. This is why gossip is so dangerous within the church and in a friendship.

·         Forgiving each other-

o   If we do not forgive one another, those that have wronged you, it develops anger and bitterness in your heart. It can be one of the most difficult things that we could ever do, forgive someone that has hurt you, but it is necessary. Forgiveness helps us to grow closer to Christ because we are made aware of what it took for God to forgive us.

o   There is nothing that anyone has done to you that is worse than what we have done to God.

o   Forgiveness is freeing for us as well. There are many times that we are angry at a person and they don’t even know. They continue to live their life without the slightest hint that they may have wronged us. So, we carry around this weight on our chest that someone has wronged us. It is much better to forgive that person, and continue to follow Christ. There is no reason why we should allow someone else to control us 

o   Matthew 6:15 “if you don’t forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive you your sins.

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