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Christ Is Our Life (4 of 12)
October 5, 2003
INTRODUCTION: In this passage there are four sets of qualities that point to those qualities of life which, if present in the life of the believer, will eliminate, or at least reduce friction in the body of Christ. It will also allow believers to manifest the person of Christ to an unbelieving world.
The words "put on" are aorist middle imperative. The aorist tense reminds us that something has already happened in the past with continuing results, namely, the Christian is a new person in Christ. The middle tense reminds us that the power of Christ is now ours through the indwelling Christ, enabling us to act like the new person. It is an imperative that reminds us that this is not an option, or a suggestion, but a command; get dressed (put on). It is a firm determination to practice what had already been done positionally. This entire text in Col. 3:1-14 represents the tension between the position and practice of the believer.
Paul outlines the qualities that are to clothe or cover the new person. Because of the gracious blessings of God in Col. 3:12a, the Christian has some solemn responsibilities before God. He must put on the beautiful graces of the Christian life.
I. THE BELIEVER'S TREATMENT OF OTHERS. 12
"tender mercies" – bowels of compassion; literally refers to internal organs; it implies softness and vulnerability. The phrase denotes deep feelings of concern for the needs of others. It's the opposite of a hard-heart; a broken heart; a heart of compassion. Have a deep, gut-level feeling of compassion.
It is the spirit and attitude exhibited by Christ.
Matthew 9:36, "But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd."
It is a constant attitude of heart that makes us easy to live with.
The eight graces in vv. 12-14 all spe ...
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