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Colossians, Chapter Three, Lesson One

PUTTING ASIDE SIN           Page 4
V. 5 (cont'd.)

** Paul now gives us five general categories of sin that we should be non-responsive to, what are they?

1) Immorality - porneia, refers to sexual sin. cf. 1Thessalonians 4:3
2) Impurity - akatharsia, filthiness or uncleanness cf. 1Thessalonians 4:7
3) Passion - pathos, the physical expression of sexual desire cf. Romans 1:26
4) Evil desire - sexual lust created in the mind cf. James 1:14-15, 1Thessalonians 4:5
5) Greed - pleonexia, pleon meaning "more" and exo meaning "to have". It is the insatiable desire to have more of what is forbidden. cf. James 4:1-2

** This last area of sin "greed", is at the heart of all that has gone before in Paul's list. Because it places selfish desire above obedience to God, to what is it equal?

"...which amounts to idolatry." cf. Ephesians 5:3-5

V. 6 ** What impact do these categories of sin have upon the future of mankind?

"For it is on account of these things that the wrath of God will come..."

** We know that God's wrath and fiery judgment in coming to deal with sin, but are we subject to that wrath?

No - Jesus took God's wrath on the cross for us, we have been delivered from it!
cf. Romans 5:9, 1Thessalonians 1:10

V. 7 ** Are these kinds of sin foreign to us or should we be able to recognize them at the moment of temptation?

We should know them well! "...and in them you also once walked..."

** Prior to our salvation, we walked in sin. Was that just an occasional straying from the path?

No - we were "living in them" and loving it!. cf. Psalm 10:4, 14:1, by contrast - Romans 6:1-2

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