Text: Colossians 3:5-4:6
There seems to be no difference today between the Christian and non Christian. Though they say they are now Christians their behaviors have not changed. They still do the same things they were doing when they were non Christians. If anyone has believed there must be a difference between his lifestyle before conversion and the one after conversion. There remains a question though: how should Christians live? Can we separate a Christian from a non Christian by their lifestyles? The purpose of this lesson is to whet our appetite to commitment in the Lord with a lifestyle that differentiates us from those who have not believed. How can we honor Christ’s Lordship in our lives? The Christian will have to show that at home, in prayer, in relations to other Christians by imitating Christ, loving God and their neighbors: grooming the peace of God in their hearts, being always thankful and imbued in the word. This takes us to the title of today: “Put on New Clothes” taken from Colossians 3: 5-4:6. Let us read. Our first point today is Christ’s Lordship in the Christian’s life.
2. Christ's Lordship in the Christian life 3:5-3:17
The Christian command to apply Christ in our lives urges everyone to mortify their members. The word “mortify in verse 5” means to eliminate the over hangings or unwanted excesses of the flesh: those works of the flesh that will hinder us from serving God. By not serving God we walked (lived) in the wrath of God. We can avoid the wrath by shedding off the particulars of the Old man (worn out) to put on (as investing with clothing) the new man (regenerated). The old man is the sinful nature that is to be replaced with the regenerated person born again from the encounter of believing in Christ. That means; the old nature which is sin oriented is to be replaced with newness in life where Christ is the centre of attraction and meaning to our lives. The believer must then wear the elements of the new person just as clothes are worn. Within the human heart lies various conflicts but the peace of Christ must rule (serve as the umpire or referee) so that we can enjoy life in abundance which comes with becoming a new creature in Christ.
We will divide this command of applying Christ’s lordship in us into two: the particulars of the old man to dispose and the particulars of the new man to put on. It is important for us to know why we cannot keep the old man when we believe in Christ. Jesus said “No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse (Mt 9:17)”. The Apostle Paul goes further to elucidate on what he meant by mortifying our members from the old man. The things that the old man carries are sexual uncleanness, covetousness, anger, wrath, blasphemy, malice and sins of speech. At the same time we are replacing the old man with the new man which is Christ centered: love, affection for one another, kindness, , humility, meekness, patience, bearing one another, forgiveness, and above all else, putting on signs of love.
A lady wanted to compensate her kids for guarding the house while she was on a trip. She bought them all new clothes. She called each of them to the bedroom to try them. But they must first pass her test before they took the clothes. Each of them left the room without the clothes. And when they asked her why she did not want to give them the clothes she told them that they did not appreciate her gift. If they did they would have removed their old clothes first before putting the new ones. They had to take off first their old clothes before adorning themselves with the new ones. The new man will be called Christian living which is our second point.
Until then, put on true Christianity for the world to see.
Prince and PA Hamilton Ayuk
“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk).
Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk).