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The Past Life (Colossians 3:5-11)

June 11, 2010

Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

General – The Past Life – Put Off

v     Ye also walked; ye lived – verse 7

  • 1 Corinthians 6:11
  • 1 Timothy 1:12-15
  • Emphasis here is on past tense
  • Lifestyle is passed; in the past

v     Since we are dead and risen; since Christ is our life…

  • Mortify
    • Gradual death, not sudden (crucifixion)
    • Member(s) – different parts of self
    • God’s wrath is on sinners who do these—they should not be a part of Christians’ lives
      • Fornication – any wrong sexual relationship
      • Uncleanness – moral defilement, the thoughts before the sins
      • Inordinate affection – vile affections (sodomy, bestiality, incest)
      • Evil concupiscence – evil desires, licentious passions
      • Covetousness – this is low and debasing and steals God’s affections
  • Put off, put off, put on
    • An action that must be done – no Gnosticism
      • Cannot say that God makes me spiritual so I don’t have to do any of these things
      • A double injunction
      • Deeds – heart and tongue
        • Anger – this is wrong when
        • ¨      No cause

          ¨      Against a person and not an offense

          ¨      With revenge

          ¨      There is no forgiving spirit

        • Wrath
        • Malice — any kind or sort of evil
        • Blasphemy — any injurious speaking
          • Against God
          • Against man
        • Filthy communication — lewd, indecent, immodest talking
        • Lying

Christ is all and in all – not truth to certain people and not to others – Masons

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  1. June 11, 2010 at 10:45 am

    I wanted to add this outline before Kent writes something else substantial for the site. (I like the substantial posts to be at the top of the blog.) I will be continuing the conversation from the last outline as I have time.

  2. J. Paul Hornick
    June 17, 2010 at 5:47 am

    Mortify: Nekrosate – aorist active imperative, second person plural. The Aorist shows that it is sudden – one moment we are living by the flesh, the next by the spirit – it cannot get more sudden than that. (see Machen on the importanc of the Aorist, or Trench, or any other reliable Greek Grammar).

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