Today’s passage: Colossians 3:5-11
- Because of who we are in Christ, and because of the glory we are guaranteed in eternity, it is only right that we change and grow to become more like him. This is progressive sanctification. We put off the “old self” and put on the “new self.”
- The process of putting on the new self begins with “being renewed in knowledge.”
- We do what we do because we want what we want.
- We want what we want because we think what we think.
- Right knowledge comes through hearing and seeing truth (The Word of God).
- No matter what is true of us in this world, for all those who put their faith in Christ, your primary identity is that you are in Christ.
Questions to consider:
- How does remembering we have an “old self” to put off keep us humble when we look at others in the world? Are we better than anyone else? What do the lost need? What can we tell them?
- Of all the people in the world, who are your brothers and sisters? Who is closest to you, regardless of the color of their skin, their background, their economic status, their address, etc.?
- What does it mean to “put to death what is earthly in you”? Did anything in the list of earthly, sinful actions stick out? How can you make progress in putting it to death and putting on the “new self”?