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Colossians, Chapter Three, Lesson One

PUTTING ASIDE SIN           Page 2

Putting Aside Sin

INVESTIGATE

Before instructing us on the importance of "Putting Aside Sin" everyday of our lives, Paul give us three reasons for which we should want to live this way. Let's try to find them here in verses 1-4.

V. 1 ** As Paul begins our passage, is he questioning the reality of the Colossians' salvation or standing with Jesus Christ?

No - when he uses the word "if" here, it is in the first class condition in the Greek. It is referring to an established, well known reality and would be better translated as "since".
cf. Philippians 2:1

** So what is the reality of the Colossians' spiritual standing before God?

They "have been raised up with Christ"! Here is reason number one for us wanting to spend each day "Putting Aside Sin". We have been included in the resurrection of Christ. His victory on the cross has a direct impact on our ability to walk in righteousness.
cf. Romans 6:3-4

** "Since" that is true (even for all Christians), where should we keep our hearts focused? What should we be seeking?

"...keep seeking the things above..."

V. 2 ** That is a noble calling. According to verse two, what are we going to have to control if we wish to be successful in our endeavors of "seeking the things above"?

We must control our minds. Remember what A.W.Tozer said, "What we believe about God is the most important thing about us".

** Paul gives us two options for our thinking, one which is acceptable and one which is not. What are they?

Acceptable - "Set your mind on the things above..."
Not acceptable - "...not on the things that are on earth", Paul is describing a type of control which will impact our obedience to Christ. cf. 2Corinthians 10:5

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