Colossians 3:6-8

In Colossians 3:6-8 Paul warns that sin brings God’s wrath. We must never forget that God cannot tolerate sin. His nature will not allow it. So sin is our biggest challenge and the enemy of walking well with Christ. “On account of these the wrath of God is coming.” It’s why Jesus came to earth as a baby and went to the Cross for us. He took our sin upon Himself and put it away once and for all through the sacrifice of His life on that rugged cross. “In these you too once walked, when you were living in them.” These sins may mark a world in rebellion against God, but they are in the past tense for the Christian. When we accept Christ, His blood covers all our sin.

Simply put, a Christ Follower should not live in disobedience. A true Christian can not be comfortable in habitual sin. Paul continues and brings another list of sins that we must get rid of. Some look at this list and call them “little” sins that Christians may overlook with little danger. Paul challenges us to put off the old ways in every area of our lives. “But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.” Bruce explained “Put off all those old habits, just as you would discard an outworn suit of clothes which no longer fitted you.” Sin has to go. We can’t continue to live in it and walk with Christ.

Each of the sins Paul lists here are primarily committed by what we say. When Paul calls Christ Followers to deeper obedience, he tells us to bridle our tongue. Barclay wrote Nevertheless, it is also possible to lie to one another without words. “It is easy to distort the truth; an alteration in the tone of voice or an eloquent look will do it; and there are silences which can be as false and misleading as any words.” Many Christ Followers quickly recognize the first list of sins Paul shared a few verses ago as bad and definitely not acceptable. But unfortunately many look at this second list and discount the impact of “less severe” sins and are willing to accept them.

Guzik explains “In this section (Colossians 3:5-9) Paul showed two high priorities in Christian living: sexual morality connected with a right attitude towards material things, and simple getting along in love with one another. It is easy for a Christian community to compromise one for the other, but Paul (by inspiration of the Holy Spirit) insisted that they both have a high place in Christian practice.” The reality is that any sin – even just one – is enough to leave us short of hitting God’s requirement for eternity. It’s why no man will ever get there on their own, because not one of us is perfect and righteous in every way. We need to put off sin as much as we can, but realize that every one of us still needs Jesus to get to heaven. It is only by the Blood of the Lamb that our sins will be forgiven and we will receive eternal life!

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