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Paul Taylor - May 22, 2011
Rejecting the World of Lies
After realizing that we live in two worlds, walking with Christ means rejecting the world of lies that dominates our experiences. Paul lists two different examples of vices to be rejected which move from specifically sexual sins to more general relational sins. He concludes with a general instruction against lying. The focus of this passage is in the fact that believers in Christ have already put off the old self, while the next passage focuses on putting on the new self. This passage concludes with a statement of equality within the community.
Scripture References: Colossians 3:5-11
From Series: "Walking in the Mystery"
As we continue the series in Colossians, we see the practical application of what it means to worship the cosmic and yet personal Christ that was introduced in the first section. This section takes the mystery of who Christ is and applies it to the lives of a community of faith. Instead of pursuing some other kind of mystery, they are called to dive into the mystery of Christ and watch how it transforms every aspect of their lives. There are particular applications to community life, legalism, character, family, professional life, religious expression, and more. This is the beauty of life with Christ: we worship a cosmic Christ who is far outside the realm of our normal lives and yet that very worship completely transforms the day to day life that we live in this world.