DEATH OF THE OLD LIFE
DEATH OF THE OLD LIFE
Colossians 3: 5-7
God’s work of grace in our hearts makes us dead to sin (Romans 6:2, 11; 1Peter 2:24). To live up to the privilege of our position in Christ we have to mortify (put to death) the sins of the old life.
To mortify is to kill, to put these evil things out of our lives. The scripture is here calling for the elimination of everything from our lives that are against God.
We make definite effort to mortify the deed of the flesh (Romans 8:13). We must deal with self-centeredness, private desires and personal ambitions in a radical way.
THE FLESH AND ITS MEMBERS
Colossians 3:5; Romans 8:13; 1Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-21, 24; Ephesians 5:3-5; Revelation 21:8
The flesh is often used in the Epistles in the sense of the old or the carnal, sinful human nature. The members then refer to the deeds of the sinful nature. The believer is commanded to deal with his particular past sins so that sin will not have dominion over him. The list of sins or members of the old life, deeds or works of the flesh to deal with includes acts of sin and wrong desires toward sin. Specifically the list includes:
Fornication: (Colossians 3:5; Mark 7:21-23; Hebrews 13:4).
Uncleanness: (Colossians 3:5; Mark 7: 21; 2Peter 2:14). The term refers to evil or filthy thoughts and intentions. It is evil thought that is behind every deed.
Inordinate affection: (Colossians 3:5; Romans 1:26-28; Ephesians 4:19)
Evil concupiscence: (Colossians 3:5; 1Peter 2:11). This refers to strong, evil fleshly desire.
Covetousness: (Colossians 3:5; 2Peter2:3, 14; Ezekiel 33:31).
REASON FOR MORTIFICATION
Colossians 3:6-7; Romans 1:18, 28, 32; Ephesians 5:5-6; Revelation 21:8,27; 22:15; Romans 6:21, 23; 2Thessalonians 1:7-8; 1Peter 4:3-5
We are given reasons for mortifying the deeds of the flesh. The first reason is that “for which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh upon the children of disobedience” The second reason is that sins were part of the old life and should not have any part in the new life.
God’s wrath comes as current discipline on sinners and backsliders. The consequences of sis are great and heavy even in this world. God’s chastisement on
Fornicators and covetous is definite and unmistakable. God always reacts against sin. The wrath of God is God’s constant, never-changing, ever-present reaction against sin. And everlasting punishment awaits those who die in sin – who refuse to repent until the day of death.
Akinbowale Isaac Adewumi
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