Transformation

Put Off . . .

But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Colossians 3:8 (KJV)

Colossians, chapter three is a call to change. A call to “put off” the grave clothes, the old garments of sin we walked in before we were Christians. There is no compatibility between the old and the new. This concept is also found in the book of Matthew:

Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved. Matthew 9:17 (KJV)

Just as the graveclothes of Lazarus were removed after his coming out of the tomb, we must “put off” the garments of death that are said to be anger, wrath, malice, slander, filthy communication, and lying. These are the works of eternal death. Old things, the way we used to be, are to give way to a new creation, a new creature, created in the image and likeness of Christ Jesus Himself:

Therefore if any person is (ingrafted) in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old (previous moral and spiritual condition) has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17 (AMP)

We are a “new man,” created in the image of Jesus. That image is not like our outward person. It is not characterized by gender, race, nationality or status:

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:28; Colossians 3:11 (KJV)

This “new man” is the inner man of the heart:

But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. 1 Peter 3:4 (KJV)

 Put On . . .

. . . put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Colossians 3:10 (KJV)

A Christian’s life is not their own; they have been bought with a price (1 Corinthians 6:20; 7:23).

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 (KJV)

Each Christian is pressed from within to “put on the new man.” Like a garment, we put on the garments of our new nature. As we have “put on Christ” (Galatians 3:27), so we put on the nature of God, Who is love. Therefore, we put on the garment of love. As seen in Colossians 3 we see that this garment consists of seven items (v.12).

Compassion:

Just as the ministry of Jesus begins with feeling the pain and suffering of others, so must ours.

Kindness:

This is benevolent giving, even to those who do not appreciate it.

Humility:

This is the opposite of pride that esteems others as better and more important that self.

Gentleness:

Meekness and gentleness is the same thing. It implies controlled strength, the ability to control passions, emotions, and aggression.

Long-Suffering:

This is the outworking of patience that always has grace to spare.

Bearing with one another:

Here we “put up with” each other to the same degree that God “puts up with us.”

Forgiving:

Complaints and arguments of the mind are brought to the Cross. This is the belt of love which is the bond of perfection (v.14).

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