DCLM Daily Manna Saturday 28 October 2023
“And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him”
TEXT: COLOSSIANS 3:1-11
3 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
DCLM Daily Manna Saturday 28 October 2023 MESSAGE
Everyone knows that you do not eat bananas until they turn yellow. The internal transformation of the fruit inside the peel is what causes the yellowing effect indicating when the fruit is ripe. Because we are God’s people, the work of Jesus changes our lives from the inside out. His grace transforms our hearts and minds, overflowing to our actions.
As we meditate on today’s passage, we see how Paul called on the brethren in Colosse, by the Spirit of God, to live a life conformed to the image of Christ. Since, as believers, they are risen with Christ, they should maintain a lifestyle different from that of the unregenerate sinners in their community. Fornication, inordinate affection and all forms of outward and inward sins, including covetousness, anger, wrath and malice, among other vices, are to be put away.
The fruit of the new life is unmistakable. A truly born again believer will live above sin, love righteousness and overcome the world and the lusts in it. The world and the Word cannot accommodate each other. The prevalent practices in a corrupt city like Colosse are inconsistent with the risen life.
We should strive to win people in our community to Christ by our transparent lives, rather than join the multitude to do evil. The permissive lifestyle of so-called modern-day Christians cannot hold in the presence of our holy God. As we await Christ’s imminent return, we should endeavour to present our bodies as a living sacrifice and be distinct from the world. That is the only way to convince the world that there is power of transformation and new life in the gospel.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Christianity is a holy revolution.
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