Reading of Scripture Colossians 3:12-17
12Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Primary question of the text: How?
How does this new gospel culture develop among us?
Gospel change creates an intentionally Christ-centered people.
1. (First week) Put on…Why? Gospel change is the result of received grace. (3:12)
Thomas Chalmers: “The Expulsive Power of a New Affection”
2. (Last week) Put on…What? Gospel change creates a gracious people. (3:12-14)
3. (This week) Put on…How? (3:15-17)
Notice the recurring words and phrases as indicators of Paul’s concern.
a. When we choose to be ruled by Christ’s peace. (vs 15)
b. When we choose to be indwelt by Christ’s word. (vs 16)
c. When we choose to act in Christ’s Name. (vs 17)