Colossians 3:1-17 “Living Alive”


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When it emerges from a cacoon, having undergone the process of metamorphosis, a butterfly is fundamentally different than the caterpillar that it was.  Spreading its wings, the butterfly springs into the air, flying naturally as if it always had done so. The old way of doing things is no longer an option; it isn’t even natural for the transformed caterpillar.

New life in Christ is like metamorphosis.  When we come to faith in Christ, a transformation takes place.  Scripture says we are a “New Creation,” that the “old is gone and the new has come.”  Paul says, here, that our old self is dead, buried in Christ and that we are then raised to New Life in Christ, that we are brought to fullness in Him, and that the results of this are a fundamentally different person than was before.

Questions to take home:

  1. Paul makes a transition between what we believe to how it impacts our lives.  At this point, he assumes faith on the part of the reader. Do you believe in Jesus as your Lord and Savior?  What does that mean to you? How has it impacted you?
  2. A list of vices, things that belong to our “earthly nature” or our “old self” is given.  We called to “take them off” or “put them to death.” Which one(s) of these do you struggle with the most?  How can you move toward greater freedom from them this week?
  3. Read Colossians 3:11-17.  The natural effect of new life in Christ is unity in Christ through a love for one another. What does this look like to you?  How does/should this look in the church? Read 1 Corinthians 13. How does this enhance what we’ve just read?