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Colossians, Chapter Three, Lesson One

PUTTING ASIDE SIN           Page 5

V. 8 ** Paul now moves us on from personal areas of sin to the more social areas of sin which impact the lives of others around us. What does he want us to do with the list he is about to give us?

"...put them all aside..." We have the ability, as children of God, to make the decision to not sin!

We can become aggressive in our daily endeavor to be "Putting Aside Sin" by the power of the Holy Spirit which lives within us.

** In verse eight alone, Paul again gives us five areas of social sin that we need to put aside. What are they?

1) anger - orge lit. "a deep, smoldering, resentful bitterness. An angry person.
cf. Ephesians 4:31
2) wrath - thumos, refers to a sudden outburst of anger. cf. James 1:20
3) malice - kakia, "a vicious nature which is bent on doing harm to others"
4) slander - blasphemia, when this term is used in relation to God it is translated "blasphemy", but when used in relation to people we it is translated slander. cf.James 3:9-10
5) abusive speech - this term refers to obscene and derogatory speech intended to hurt or wound someone else.

V. 9 ** In verse nine Paul adds one more social sin to the list, what is it?

"Do not lie to one another..." cf. John 8:44, Proverbs 12:22

** What reason does Paul add for us to be "Putting Aside Sin"?

"...since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices..." It only makes sense, if we gave up our old life to now live for Christ, we should be willing to give up the old practices as well.

V.10 ** We didn't just lay aside the filthy old garment of our life before knowing Jesus Christ, what else did we do according to verse ten?

We "...put on the new self..."! cf. 2Corinthians 5:17

** From a practical point of view, is this new man completed yet?

No - Our faith in Jesus Christ merely began the process. We are "being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him".
cf. Romans 12:2, 2Corinthians 3:18, Philippians 1:6

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