Colossians 3:5-11 Destructive Desires by MHXcA7oE

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									Colossians 3:5-11
 Destructive Desires
3:10 “the new self, which is being renewed…”
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                 FAMILY & WORK
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                 SETTING HEART
                ON THINGS ABOVE

                UNDERSTANDING
                   GOSPEL
             Colossians 3:5-11

Since, then, you have been raised with
Christ, set your hearts on things above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand
of God.

2 Set your minds on things above, not on
earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life
is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When
Christ, who is your life, appears, then you
also will appear with him in glory.
             Colossians 3:5-11
5Put to death, therefore, whatever
belongs to your earthly nature: sexual
immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and
greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of
these, the wrath of God is coming.

7 You used to walk in these ways, in the
life you once lived. 8 But now you must rid
yourselves of all such things as these:
anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy
language from your lips.
            Colossians 3:5-11
9Do not lie to each other, since you have
taken off your old self with its practices
10 and have put on the new self, which is

being renewed in knowledge in the image
of its Creator.

11Here there is no Greek or Jew,
circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian,
Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all,
and is in all.
            Colossians 3:5-11
9Do not lie to each other, since you have
taken off your old self with its practices
10 and have put on the new self, which is

being renewed in knowledge in the image
of its Creator.

11Here there is no Greek or Jew,
circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian,
Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all,
and is in all.
                Colossians 3:5-11
9Do not lie to each other, since you have
taken off your old self with its practices
10 and have put on the new self, which is

being renewed in knowledge in the image
of its Creator.

11 Here there is no regard to your former
“You were taught, with Greek or Jew,              way of
circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian,
life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted
Scythian, slave or free, made new in is all,
by its deceitful desires; to be but Christ the attitude
and isminds; and to put on the new self, created to
of your in all.
be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
                                        Ephesians 4:22-24 x
What does it mean to ‘put off’ the old
    self and ‘put on’ the new??
    “Put Off”           “Put On”
    Put to death       Consider alive
  Consider as dead
                      Set your mind on
  Lay aside the old
                           Spirit
        flesh
    Repentance             Faith
                Putting on:
     ACTING on what is ALREADY true
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a
new creature; the old things passed
away; behold, new things have come.”
                              2 Corinthians 5:17


“Even so consider yourselves to be dead
to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus…
present yourselves to God as those alive
from the dead, and your members as
instruments of goodness to God.”
                                Romans 6:11-13
                  Putting off:
Consider old nature’s DESIRES to be DECEITFUL
 “You were taught, with regard to your
 former way of life, to put off your old self,
 which is being corrupted by its deceitful
 desires; to be made new in the attitude
 of your minds; and to put on the new self,
 created to be like God in true
 righteousness and holiness.”
                                 Ephesians 4:22-24
“A counterfeit god is anything so central and essential to
your life that, should you lose it, your life would feel
hardly worth living. An idol has such a controlling
position in your heart that you can spend most of your
passion and energy, your emotional and financial
resources, on it without a second thought.
It can be family and children, or career and making
money, or achievement and critical acclaim, or saving
“face” and social standing. It can be a romantic
relationship, peer approval, competence and skill, secure
and comfortable circumstances, your beauty or your
brains, a great political or social cause, your morality and
virtue, or even success in Christian ministry.
“When your meaning in life is to fix someone else’s life,
we call it “co-dependency” but it is really idolatry. An
idol is whatever you look at and say, in your heart of
hearts, “If I have that, then I’ll feel my life has meaning,
then I’ll know I have value, then I’ll feel significant and
secure.”
There are many ways to describe that kind of
relationship with something, but perhaps the best one
is worship.”
                              (Tim Keller, Counterfeit Gods, xix)
                 Putting off:
Consider old nature’s DESIRES to be DECEITFUL
 “When you follow the desires of your
 sinful nature, the results are very clear:
   sexual immorality outbursts of anger
        impurity        selfish ambition
   lustful pleasures       dissension
         idolatry            division
         sorcery               envy
        hostility        drunkenness
       quarreling         wild parties
        jealousy     other sins like these.”
                                Galatians 5:19-21
                Putting off:
   Putting to death destructive desires
             through DENIAL

3:5 “Put to death, therefore, whatever
belongs to your earthly nature…”
                       Putting off:
      Putting to death destructive desires
                through DENIAL

  3:5 “Put to death, therefore, whatever
  belongs to your earthly nature…”

     Put off the old              Put on the new
“Greed” = pleonexia           “Yet true godliness with
chronic discontent; self-    contentment is itself great
centered financial plans       wealth.” 1 Timothy 6:6
                          Putting off:
       Putting to death destructive desires
                 through DENIAL

  3:5 “Put to death, therefore, whatever
  belongs to your earthly nature…”

     Put off the old                 Put on the new
“anger” = orge settled           “Be angry and do not sin,”
attitude of anger; resentment    Do not let the sun go
“Wrath” = thumos (“smoke” or
                                 down while you are still
“steam”); fits of rage; Out of
control                          angry, and do not give the
“malice” = kakia wishing evil    devil a foothold.”
to another                                   Ephesians 4:26
                       Putting off:
      Putting to death destructive desires
                through DENIAL

  3:5 “Put to death, therefore, whatever
  belongs to your earthly nature…”

     Put off the old              Put on the new
“slander” = blasphemia       “Pursue peace with all
injurious                    men.”
characterizations,                       Hebrews 12:14
stories, or descriptions;
implies falsehood
                       Putting off:
      Putting to death destructive desires
                through DENIAL

 3:5 “Put to death, therefore, whatever
 belongs to your earthly nature…”

    Put off the old               Put on the new
“abusive speech” =           “Death and life are in the
aischrologia                 power of the tongue, And
putting another down         those who love it will eat
through demeaning &          its fruit.”
foul statements                           Proverbs 18:21
                       Putting off:
      Putting to death destructive desires
                through DENIAL

 3:5 “Put to death, therefore, whatever
 belongs to your earthly nature…”

    Put off the old               Put on the new
“abusive speech” =           “There is one who speaks
aischrologia                 rashly like the thrusts of a
putting another down         sword, But the tongue of
through demeaning &          the wise brings healing.”
foul statements                           Proverbs 12:18
                      Putting off:
   Putting to death destructive desires
             through DENIAL

3:6-7 “Because of these, the wrath of God
is coming. You used to walk in these
ways, in the life you once lived.”

  “Christ says… Hand over the whole natural self, all
  the desires which you think innocent as well as the
  ones you think wicked - the whole outfit. I will give
  you a new self instead.
              (C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, Book IV, chapter 8)
      C.S. Lewis, The Great Divorce, pp. 99-106

“I saw coming towards us a ghost who carried
something on his shoulder... What sat on his shoulder
was a little red lizard, and it was twitching its tail like a
whip and whispering things in his ear. As we caught
sight of him he turned his head to the reptile with a
snarl of impatience. ‘Shut up, I tell you!’ he said. It
wagged its tail and continued to whisper to him. He
ceased snarling, and presently began to smile. Then he
turned and started to limp westward, [where the lizard
was directing him to go].
“Off so soon?” said a voice.
“Yes. I’m off,” said the Ghost. “Thanks for all your
hospitality. But it’s no good, you see. I told this little
lizard that he’d have to be quiet if he came – which he
insisted on doing. Of course his stuff won’t do here. I
realize that. But he won’t stop. I’ll just have to go home.”
“Would you like me to make him quiet?” said the flaming
spirit.
“Of course I would,” said the Ghost.
“Then I will kill him,” said the angel taking a step
forward…
“You didn’t say anything about killing him at first! I
hardly meant to bother you with anything so drastic as
that.”
“It’s the only way,” said the angel, whose burning hands
were now very close to the lizard. “Shall I kill it?”
“Well, that’s a further question. I’m quite open to
consider it, but it’s a new point, isn’t it? I mean, for the
moment I was only thinking about silencing it because
up here – well, it’s so embarrassing.”
“May I kill it?”…
“Get back! You’re burning me. How can I tell you to kill
it? You’d kill me if you did.”
“I never said it wouldn’t hurt you. I said it wouldn’t kill
you…”
“If you wanted to help me, why didn’t you kill the
blasted thing without asking me – before I knew? It
would be all over now if you had.”
“I cannot kill it against your will. It is impossible. Have I
your permission?”
The Angel’s hands were almost closed on the lizard, but
not quite. Then the Lizard began chattering to the Ghost
so loud that even I could hear what it was saying.
“Be careful,” it said. “He can do what he says. He can
kill me. One fatal word from you and he will! Then
you’ll be without me for ever and ever. It’s not natural.
How could you live? You’d only be a sort of ghost, not a
real man as you are now.
“He doesn’t understand. He’s only a cold, bloodless
abstract thing. It may be natural for him, but it isn’t for
us. Yes, yes. I know there are no real pleasures now,
only dreams. But aren’t they better than nothing? And
I’ll be so good. I admit I’ve sometimes gone too far in
the past, but I promise I won’t do it again. I’ll give you
nothing but really nice dreams – all sweet and fresh and
almost innocent…”
“Have I your permission?” said the Angel to the Ghost…
“Damn and blast you! Go on can’t you? Get it over. Do
what you like,” bellowed the Ghost: but ended,
whimpering, “God help me. God help me.”
“Next moment the Ghost gave a scream of agony such
as I never heard on Earth. The Burning one closed his
crimson grip on the reptile: twisted it, while it bit and
writhed, and then flung it, broken backed, on the turf.

For a moment I could make out nothing distinctly. Then
I saw… unmistakably solid but growing every moment
solider, the upper arm and the shoulder of a man. Then,
brighter still and stronger, the legs and hands. The neck
and golden head materialized while I watched, and if my
attention had not wavered I should have seen the actual
completion of a man – an immense man not much
smaller than the angel…
The new-made man turned and clapped the new horse’s
neck. It nosed his bright body. Horse and master
breathed each into the other’s nostrils. The man turned
from it, flung himself at the feet of the burning one and
embraced them. When he rose I thought his face shone
with tears… In joyous haste the young man leaped upon
the horse’s back. They were off before I well knew what
was happening.

“What is a lizard compared with a stallion?” said the
angel. “Lust is a poor, weak, whimpering , whispering
thing compared with that richness and energy of desire
which will arise when lust has been killed.”
Walking in Faith

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