Colossians Chapter Three, The Christian's New Clothes...

In our study of Colossians chapter three, we look at how our new life in Christ is like putting on a brand new set of clothes. Paul tells us of the things that make up our old selves and need to be discarded as well as what our new self should look like.

Colossians 3:1

"Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God." NIV translation

In chapter 2, we saw how Christ's death and resurrection is the answer to the problem of sin in our lives. Because of that, Paul tells us to seek the things of God as that is what it means to "set your hearts". This also speaks of an urgency not just a casual waiting for them. We also see from this verse that Jesus is in heaven in the position of honor (the right hand) of God.

Colossians 3:2

"Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things." NIV translation

We see that we are also to desire a closer walk with God as our minds are to be focused on pleasing Him.

We love Him because He first loved us. We are not to spend our time and affections on the things of this world as they are only temporary.

Colossians 3:3

"For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God." NIV translation

When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we give up our old selves and the old life is put to death. We are a new creation and we will not fully see or understand that creation until Jesus comes back for us. Our lives in Christ are a constant growth in our understanding of the things of God.

Colossians 3:4

"When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory." NIV translation

When Jesus comes back for His church, we will all be changed to be like Him. We cannot see or fully understand what that means right now but it is our future hope.

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