The Put On’s, Off ‘s and Out’s.

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with them in glory. Colossians 3:1-4.

Put Out, methistemi, Strong’s #3179. Literally, “to set aside.” This word is used to show a change from one place to another, a removal, a transfer, a relocation. The action involved may be either positive (Col. 1:13) or negative (Luke 16:4).

Continuing on from Colossians 3:5 we can see the “Put On’s and Off ‘s at work.

  • Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
  • Verse 8: But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.
  • Verse 9: Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds,
  • Verse 10: And have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,…
  • Verse 14: But above all these things put on love, (Agape) which is the bond of perfection (completeness-reached its full intended end).

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

We must focus our interest and ambitions heavenward, which entails putting off specific vices and cultivating certain virtues. Sins of sensual self-indulgence (v. 5), attitude (v. 8), speech (v.8, 9), and prejudice of the mind (v. 11) must be put to death.

Tomorrow verse 16 will be mined as a nugget from the Word of God.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Chris
    Nov 21, 2012 @ 13:02:49

    Great instructions from the Word of God, Manny. And then there’s the purpose… that the peace of God will rule in our hearts.

    I love the book of Colossians.


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