Colossians 3:5-9 pt 2

Dr. Steve Viars November 12, 1994 Colossians 3:5-9

- you remember, last week, we began asking the question "what are you
   willing to kill?
- Paul is developing an interchange in these verses between what happened
   to us positionally when we trusted Christ, and what now needs to be
   happening practically.

   --Believers are constantly in the process of working out practically
      what is already true of them positionally.

- so Paul has been saying--when you were saved...
    - you died to sin and self...
    - you were raised a new person in Christ

    1) that affects what you're "going after" (vs. 1 - seek those things
           which are above)

    2) it affects what you set your mind on - (vs. 2 - set your mind on
           the things above)

    3) and it affects what you and I must be willing to put to death.

- that was our main thrust last week--you can tell how much a person is
   convinced about the preeminence of Christ by how busy (and how
   aggressive) they are at killing (putting to death//putting off) habits
   that are nor pleasing to God.

- now of course, this is just the first half of the put off--put on
   process, but it is a very important part.
   - and every believer should ask questions like:
       1) what habits are hindering me from being more pleasing to God?
       2) how hard have I been working at putting them off?
       3) what could I do to put more effort at killing sinful habits?

- now, today, we want to finish up verses 5-9
   - let's read them again to refresh our memories

- the verses break down in an unusual way.
  - Paul begins with a list of things to kill (put off) - verse 5
  - then he gives some reasons why these things should be put off (verses
- then he goes back and gives a second part of the list of things to put

- the outline we're using follows that same development of thought.

- we've already studied:

I. Here's What We Should Put To Death - Part I

- now we're going to look at:

II. Here's Why We Should Put These Things To Death - verses 6-7

    A. These things bring wrath on those who don't know Christ.

        - now, the Scripture teaches that you and I have been delivered
          from the wrath to come (I Thes. 1:10) and that we will never
          experience God's full wrath (I Thess. 5:9).

        - but, we surely ought to hate the things that will bring God's
            wrath on unbelievers.
        - and that's what Paul is talking about here:
            - why would a Christian get involved in anything that he knew
               would bring the wrath of God on anyone?

        - we also ought to know that God will chasten His children who
           are not growing Heb. 12:5-6.

        - if you and I are not actively and aggressively seeking to put
            these things to death--it may reveal that we need a healthy
            dose of the fear of God.

    B. That’s the way you used to walk

        - Spurgeon quote - (Mac. p. 142-143)

- now let's pause there a moment and try to evaluate how much these two
   reasons actually motivate you and me.

   - how would you answer this question:

     INPUT - If you and I are not putting sinful habits to death (verse
             5) at the rate we should, what (based on verses 6-7) might
             that reveal about us?

             - we lack a healthy fear of God
             - we're unconcerned about what brings wrath on those who
                 don't know Christ.
             - we're not convinced that the way we lived before we were
                 saved was all that bad.
             - we're not convinced that the sinful habits we have now are
                 all that bad.

- now, as we said earlier, after Paul gives those two reasons, he returns


III. Here's What We Should Put To Death - Part II

     - you notice in verse 8 that Paul uses the phrase "put off" (KJV),
        "put aside" (NASB), rid yourselves of (NIV.

     - it's important to see that Paul is using a clothing illustration

        - the same word is used in Acts 7:58 - "And when they had driven
           him out of the city, they began stoning him, and the witnesses
           laid aside their robes at the feet of a young man named Saul."
             (laid aside is the same word used in Col. 3:8)

- now, let me ask you this:
   - what is the relationship between "put off" in verse 8 and "mortify"
       in verse 5?

   - the answer is - they are being used synonymously
      - Paul is giving us different ways to look at the same act
      - we're still talking about what you and I are willing to stop
         doing in order to grow in the way and at the rate that God

    A. Anger

        - this is the original word orge
        - it means a deep, smoldering, resentful, bitterness
        - one writer describes it as "the settled heart attitude of the
            angry person."

        - not everyone blows up with their anger.
           - some of us clam up, and let that anger smolder, and
           - over time, it ferments and turns to bitterness.

        - often then, at the slightest provocation, that anger comes out
           - it usually comes out sinfully
              - because it was used for the wrong reason
              - the original issues have now become distorted
              - the present issue is blown out of proportion

- I wonder how many folks even in our Sunday School class would have to
   say, "you know, that word describes me all too often--I'm an angry
     - are you willing to put those sinful tendencies to death?

- in a few minutes, we'll cast this in the put off/put on format--but are
   you upset enough about that sin that you'd be willing to do whatever
   is necessary to get it handled?

    B. Wrath  (rage - NIV)

        - this is the word thumos
        - the idea here is more of an explosive anger

        - it's a sudden outburst
        - the Greeks likened this kind of behavior to fire in straw

        - it's explosive--and it's over quickly

- you may know someone who handles their anger that way--and or you may
   handle your anger that way.

     - INPUT - characteristics that go along with this (wrong) approach
               to handling anger?

     - Paul says -- this habit has to be put to death.

    C. Malice

        - J. B. Lightfoot - "the vicious nature which is bent on doing
             harm to others."

    D. Blasphemy (slander - NASB, NIV)

        - the word here is blasphemia
           - when it's used to describe sinful speech about God, it's
              translated blasphemy
           - when it's used to describe sinful speech about people, it's
              translated slander
        - the context here seems to be emphasizing the way a person talks
            about other people...that’s why the NIV and NASB translated it

        - some people have been saved a long period of time but they
           don't seem to be concerned about overcoming their habit of
        - Paul says -- that ought not to be.
             - that habit needs to be put to death.

    E. Filthy communication (abusive speech - NASB, filthy communication
         - NIV)

         - we're talking about "abusive and derogatory speech intended to
            wound someone."
         - this would go along with our third rule of communication--
            attacking people instead of problems.

    F. Lying

- we could obviously take a lot more time on each of these areas, but
   we've said enough to give most of us some things to work.

- let me ask you this:
   INPUT - what do you make of the fact that in both of the major Put
           off/put on passages (here and Eph. 4) the subject of
           communication receives a great amount of emphasis?  What
           should that tell us?

         - What questions should that cause us to ask?

- now, let's take a minute and tie this back into the overall argument of
   the book.
- we've been asking all along in this study -- how convinced are you
   about the preeminence of Christ?

- one of the ways you can answer that question is by looking at how
   aggressive you are at putting sinful habits to death.
    - the issue today especially focuses in on sinful habits of
        communication and anger.

- are there some habits that the Lord would have you to put to death, and
   are you willing to put the work and effort necessary to put those
   habits to death?

IV. Applying The Truths of This Section

    - on white board, "cast" these six areas in the put off/put on form

Dr. Steve Viars


Senior Pastor - Faith Church

Director - Faith Legacy Foundation


B.S.: Pre-Seminary & Bible, Baptist Bible College (Now Clarks Summit University)
M.Div.: Grace Theological Seminary
D.Min.: Biblical Counseling, Westminster Theological Seminary

Dr. Steve Viars has served at Faith Church in Lafayette, IN since 1987. Pastor Viars leads and equips Faith Church as Senior Pastor with a focus on preaching and teaching God’s Word and using his organizational skills in guiding the implementation of the Faith Church mission and vision. He oversees the staff, deacons, and all Faith Church ministries. Dr. Viars serves on the boards of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors, Biblical Counseling Coalition, Vision of Hope, and the Faith Community Development Corporation. Steve is the author, co-author, or contributor to six books and numerous booklets. He and his wife, Kris, were married in 1982 and have two married daughters, a son, and three grandchildren.

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