Grace makes us powerful. It puts into our hands the ability to change, in Paul’s words, to put off our earthly nature and clothe ourselves in the good and beautiful things God has already made for us. [Audio | Notes]
Colossians 3:5-17 | Put off, put on
Where is the ability to change located?
Q: When do modern ideas for self improvement work and when do they struggle?
Q: Why does Paul think that relying on our own abilities will not raise us above ourselves (2.20-23)
Q: Why does Paul describe what living out an earthly and then a heavenly nature looks like?
Q: I love the grace words ‘clothe’, ‘put on’ and ‘let’ in verses 12, 14, 15, 16. Here are things that have been made for us, we simply need to put them on or let them have their way in our lives. How can we do that?
Q: I think Romans 7 is Paul describing what it was like for him to live a good life out of his own resources and Romans 8 is his description of what he found it was like relying on the Spirit of Christ to live for God. How does Paul tell us to encourage each other to live out of God’s resources and not our own in this passage from Colossians?