Paul recently uncovered some unacceptable purposes behind the self-denying attitude in chapter two. Presently, in chapter three, Paul clarifies the genuine Christian conduct, the putting on the new nature by accepting Christ and viewing the old nature as dead. We change our ethical and moral conduct by allowing Christ to live inside us, with the goal that he can shape us into what we ought to be.
In verses 3-4:
We Are to Look Up
“For ye are dead.” Simply put, we died. We should have little desire for this world and what it has to offer. Our old nature has been removed. We that have been born again are dead to sin; its dominion has been broken. Our real home is in Heaven with Jesus.
“Your life is hid with Christ.” The world cannot see our life. It looks dull to them. We know Christ and Christ knows us. The world does not know Him.
“When Christ, who is our life.” Jesus lives in every believer through His Spirit. Jesus helps us to live and gives us hope for the future.
“Shall Appear.” As we realize that Jesus is coming again, we should continually look up. We must keep watching for His return for we do not know the hour that He will come back.
“Shall ye shall also appear with Him in glory”
Upon Christ’s return, all believers will be gathered up together with Him in Heaven, those whose life is now hid with Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:17; 1 John 3:2). Paul is reminding us to remember who we once were, who we are at this moment, and who we will be when Jesus returns. Are we truly looking for Jesus to return? What do we focus on?
In verses 5-8:
We Are to Look Out
If we are truly believers of Christ, it will show in our personal holiness and our fellowship with others. In other words, our actions will display what is in our hearts. What does our relationship with Jesus, if any, show in our everyday life? On our daily ‘to do list,’ living holy should not be there. Living holy should be a way of life!
Mortify means to subdue, control, restrain, discipline, or put to death. Look at the different ‘works of the flesh’ that Paul is specifically pointing out in these verses; fornication (sexual immorality), uncleanness (thoughts, words, etc.), inordinate affection (unbridled passions and lust), evil concupiscence (evil desires), and covetousness (envious, greedy, desirous, idolatry). We should be unresponsive to all of the above, or anything that can come between our spiritual lives and God. Just as gardeners prune dead branches from trees and bushes, Christians should prune away the dead things of this world from our lives.
Lay aside the old self and put on the new. Put off old habits and begin new habits, living for Christ and be guided by the Holy Spirit. “Mirror, mirror of the Book, please tell me how I look!” In other words, what fruit do we bear that other people see? Does God need a microscope to see any fruit that we bear? In Galatians 5, we are told what to avoid and what to cultivate. We are not only to cease from doing evil, but we are also to seek to do what is right in the eyes of God. Get rid of the old rags sin, then put on the new clothes of righteousness.
In verses 9-10:
We Are to Look In
When Christians lie to one another, it disrupts unity and destroys trusts. It can also lead to breaking down relationships and disharmony within the church. Discipleship is a continuing education, a learning process. The more we know and learn, the more we begin to change for the better. People will see Christ in us. We must never give up in obeying God. Practice, patience, reexamination, and attentiveness will help keep us in line with God’s will.
In verse 11:
We Are to Look Around
There should be no barriers in the Christian church such as nationality, social standing, religion, race, etc. Christians should accept all people that come to Christ, for it was Christ that broke down the walls of division (race, education, social standing, nationality, religion) and merged all believers into one family (Ephesians 2:14-15). In Paul’s day, many of these people were led to Christ. The Gospel had reached out and touched many lives. Our Christian life is to walk out everywhere showing Christ in all we do. It is the believer’s duty to live as He lived.
Paul offers a system to assist us with living for God step by step. We are to copy Christ’s tolerant, pardoning demeanor (Colossians 3:12-13). We are to let love (charity) guide our lives (Colossians 3:14). We are to let the tranquility of God rule in our souls (Colossians 3:15). We are to consistently be appreciative (Colossians 3:15). We are to keep God’s Word in us consistently (Colossians 3:16). We are to live as Jesus Christ's delegates (Colossians 3:17).
The way to excusing others is recalling the amount God has pardoned us. Is it hard for us to pardon somebody who has violated us a little when God has excused us to such an extent? Understanding God's limitless love and absolution can assist us with cherishing and pardoning others.
Christians should live in amazing harmony (bond of perfectness). This does not take out all distinctions in opinions yet adoring Christians will cooperate regardless of their disparities. Such love is not an inclination, yet a choice to address others' issues (1 Corinthians 13). It prompts harmony among people and among individuals from the body of Christ. Do issues in our relationships with different Christians cause open struggles or common quietness? Consider what we can do to recuperate those associations with love.
The word rule comes from sporting events. Paul advises us to let the peace of Christ be the umpire in our souls. Our hearts are the focal point of contention in light of the fact that in there our sentiments and wants conflict, our apprehensions and expectations, our doubt and trust, and our envy and love. How might we manage these consistent contentions and live as God wants us to live? Paul clarifies that we should choose between the clashing components by utilizing the standard of harmony. Which decision will advance harmony in our spirits and in our places of worship?
Albeit the early Christians approached the Old Testament and unreservedly utilized it, they did not yet have the New Testament or some other Christian books to review. Their accounts and lessons about Christ were retained and given from one individual to another. Here and there they were combined with a good music, thus music turned into a significant piece of Christian schooling and worship.
As a Christian, we are to consistently be the example of Christ, any place we go, and whatever we say. What impression do individuals have of Christ when they see or talk with us?
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