A New Attire In Christ by Rick Ferguson

LIVING LIFE TO ITS FULLEST
A STUDY IN COLOSSIANS

SERMON #12 A NEW ATTIRE IN CHRIST
COLOSSIANS 3:5-14

{Copyright ¬ 1995 by Dr. Rick E. Ferguson. All rights reserved.
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You can tell a lot about people in our society by the way they
dress.
From baseball players to bus drivers, from postal carriers to
policemen,
people wear the uniform of their profession. Who we are
determines what
we wear, and failing to "dress the part" can sometimes have
embarrassing
consequences. Many years ago a very wealthy man in a Southern
California town was found wandering around the local country
club
wearing shabby clothes. He was promptly seized by security
guards and
charged with vagrancy--even though he owned the country club.
He had
failed to dress consistent with who he was.
That is precisely Paul's point in out text tonight, Colossians
3:5-12.
Christians must dress themselves spiritually in accordance with
their new
identity. They have died with Christ and risen to new life.
Salvation thus
produces a two-sided obligation for believers. Negatively, they
must throw
off the garment of the old, sinful lifestyle, as Paul pointed
out in 3:5-9a.
Positively, they must put on the lifestyle of the new man. To
do that, they
must understand the position, progress, partnership,
performance,
perfection, and priorities of the ne ...


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