Colossians 3:4-5

In Colossians 3:4-5 Paul reminds us that the promise of the return of Jesus is not only that we will see His glory, but so that we also will appear with Him in glory. It is for all believers. “When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” Sometimes we say, “Music is his life” or “Sports is his life” or “He lives for his work.” Of the Christ Follower it should be said, “Jesus Christ is his life.” Is that true for you? Is Jesus your life? On the day of Christ’s return, all will see the saints of God for what they really are, not as they merely appear to this world. We’ll receive our eternity!

Wright explains “Paul, the prisoner, an eccentric Jew to the Romans and a worse-than-Gentile traitor to the Jews, will be seen as Paul the apostle, the servant of the King. The Colossians, insignificant ex-pagans from a third-rate country town, will be seen in a glory which, if it were now to appear, one might be tempted to worship.” Jesus is coming again, and when He does, we will step into the inheritance we have been promised as Christ Followers. It won’t matter what people have thought of us to that point. All anyone will see is the glory of Jesus Christ poured upon us as we receive the eternal promise that faith in Him provides.

Paul tells us we need to rid ourselves of the ways of the world. “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.” Because of who we are with Christ in us, we can put to death things in our life that are contrary to God’s standards and ways. Vaugn explains “The verb nekrosate, meaning literally ‘to make dead,’ is very strong. It suggests that we are not simply to suppress or control evil acts and attitudes. We are to wipe them out, completely exterminate the old way of life.” We are to completely rid ourselves of these sinful things.

There is importance in listing and naming these sins as Paul does in this section. “It is far easier to drift into a sin which one does not know by name than consciously to choose one whose very title should be repugnant to a Christian.” Several of these are sexual sins, and the others are around greed and misplaced worship. There is no way that Jesus would walk in any of these sins (or any sin for that matter), so if we identify with Him, we won’t walk in them either. The sins mentioned are part of the way the world lives and not the way Jesus lives. Every Christian is faced with a question: “Who will I identify with, the world or with Jesus?”

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