New Clothes

Want something new to wear? Check this out.

(Read Colossians 3:12-14)

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Thoughts to ponder:

  • Holiness is a sign of belongingness to God. If you are in Christ and has accepted Him and His love, you are changed from the inside out, and you become set apart to live an honourable life before God.
  • It is the Holy Spirit’s job to sanctify us and help us be conformed to the image of Christ. Our job is to surrender to Him, and actually obey God by heeding His Word, and following the examples of Christ.
  • We must wear the Holy Spirit daily, which means being clothed with His virtues and fruits (See Gal 5:22-23). As God’s children, we must radiate the beauty and goodness of our Father and Creator so we can bring Him honour and glory.
  • Learn to forgive. Sometimes it is hard work, sometimes it seems impossible. But just think of how you have personally experienced God’s forgiveness and deliverance, of how God must have saved you and pardoned you from a myriad of things, which you know you don’t and won’t ever deserve. He must have been so patient and long-enduring with you. Learn how to seek His help when you know you are struggling to forgive past faults and troubles some people caused you.

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Old vs New

This passage is meaty, confronting and simply straightforward, containing glorious truths. Let’s go.

(Read Colossians 3:4-11)

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This passage is meaty, confronting and simply straightforward, containing glorious truths. Thoughts to ponder:

  • Christ is the real source of life, whose fullness and total glory will be revealed to us in due time. The concept of life that we have now is nothing compared to the “real thing” in Christ.
  • When we finally meet Him, we will be changed, perfected, and become like Him in glory, communing eternally with our incomparable God.
  • God simply hates sin. He is both loving and just. He disciplines because He loves. He is love to begin with, but will never be unified with sin. Sin is death.
  • As we look forward to our future glory, God wants us put our sinful nature to death (as mentioned within v5-9), and constantly strive to live pure and holy lives. He Himself is holy and He wants us to abide by His righteous nature.
  • Die to be born again (in spirit). Let the flesh be crucified with Christ, let your sinful nature die daily so you can find the life that Jesus has brought through His resurrection.
  • Christ has given us a brand new identity that we must learn to put on and cultivate. We are the saved ones, the redeemed, the forgiven. This new nature is continually renewed as we grow in knowledge of Him; this is divine maturity nourished by the Holy Spirit within us
  • Jesus looks beyond our racial and cultural backgrounds. He establishes who we are, and who we become in Him, and the future that we have with Him as God’s children and citizens of heaven.

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Raised to New Life

Let’s begin to read this passage from Paul’s letter to the Colossians, right at the beginning of Chapter 3.

(Read Colossians 3:1-3)

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Thoughts to ponder:

  • I have already died with Christ (i.e., my sinful nature, the power and dominion of sin over me), and He has raised me to new life in His resurrection. I can be alive again and be made new. I can be born again spiritually.
  • So I will set my mind to all things heaven: the final destination, the citizenship, the new identity, the glory of God, the grace I am experiencing until His next coming. Do not focus too much on the material things which are all temporary and have no eternal value.
  • Real life is found in Christ alone. I have been bought for a price, a high cost–the blood of heaven’s perfect Lamb. And He did it so I can experience new life, a life free from sin and death’s dominion; a life reconnected to the Lord.
  • I will keep subjecting my sinful nature to the Word of God, His laws and morals, with the grace He’s gifted and its implications.

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