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Putting Christ Back In Christianity – Part 5

“PUTTING CHRIST BACK IN CHRISTIANITY – Part 5”

“The Preeminence of Christ Over Carnality” (Col. 3:1-11)

I. WHAT TO SEEK – the things above (3:1-4).

  1. You were raised with Christ (3:1a; see also 2:12).
  2. You died, and your life is hidden with Christ (3:2-3; 2:20).
    1. Live out of your Christ identity, not your world identity.
    2. Seek those things which are above – where Christ is.
  3. When Christ appears, you will also appear with Him in glory (3:4; Jude 1:14; 1Thess. 4:14) and be transformed into His same image (2Cor. 3:18; 1Jn. 3:2)

II. WHAT TO PUT OFF – the old man & His deeds (vv. 5-9).

  1. This is our responsibility!
  2. Put off fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire and covetousness (idolatry) (3:5).
  3. There are consequences for not doing this (3:6-7)!
  4. Also put off anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language and lying (3:8-9). HOW?
    1. Decide to because God said so.
    2. Take responsibility for your actions.
    3. Believe that Jesus broke sin’s power in your life & act accordingly, trusting God to empower you (2:15; 1:13).
    4. Live out of the new man’s identity (1:21-22; 2:10, 13; 3:3).
    5. Feed the new man and starve the old man!

III. WHAT TO PUT ON (vv. 10-11).

  • Sometimes you have to put something off BEFORE you can put something else on!
  • You’ll be more effective by focusing more on what to put on than what to put off!
  1. We’re to put on the new man [nature] (v. 10a; 2Pet. 1:3-4).
    1. Renewed in knowledge (v. 10a; Hos. 4:6; Col. 1:9-11; 2:3).
    2. Renewed according the image of God (v. 10b).
  2. We are all one in Christ – earthly distinctives aren’t recognized/respected by God (v. 11a)!
  3. Christ is all and in all (v. 11b). He’s what matters!

CONCLUSION: If you profess to be a Christian, live like it! Let’s give Christ preeminence over Carnality!