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March 12th, 2018 - Col 3:12

                     Daily Devotional <> March 12,2018 <> Monday

                    The Character of the new man <> Colossians 3:12

                            Point of Contact <> Bro. Ben Van Winkle

   In (V:10) Paul said that we have put on the new man. He gives us some practical ways in which this can be done in our everyday lives. First; he addresses the Colossians as the elect of God. This refers to the fact that they had been chosen by God in Christ before the foundation of the world. God's electing grace is one of the mysteries of divine revelation. We believe that Scripture clearly teaches that God, in His sovereignty, has chosen men to belong to Christ. At the same time we do not believe that God has chosen anyone to be damned. Such a teaching is directly contrary  to Scripture. Just as we believe in God's electing Grace, we also believe in man's responsibility. God does not save men against their will. The same Bible that says “elect according to the foreknowledge of God” also says “Whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

   Next Paul addresses the Colossians as holy & beloved. Holy means sanctified or set apart to God from the world. We are positionally holy, & we should be practically holy in our lives as well. Because we are the object of God's love, it gives us a desire to please Him in every way.

   Now, Paul describes the Christian graces which we are to put on as a garment. Tender mercies speaks of a heart of compassion. Kindness speaks of the unselfish spirit of doing for others. It is an attitude of affection or goodwill. Humility means lowliness, the willingness to be humbled & to esteem others better than oneself. Meekness does not speak of weakness, but rather the strength to deny oneself & to walk in Grace toward all men.

   The common assumption is that when a man is meek, it is because he cannot help himself; but the Lord was “meek” because He had the infinite resources of God at His command. Described negatively, meekness is the opposite to self assertiveness & self interest; it is equanimity (even temper) of the spirit that is neither elated nor cast down, simply because it is not occupied with self.

   If humility is the “absence of pride,” then meekness is the absence of passion.” Long suffering speaks of patience under provocation & the long endurance of offense. It combines joy & a kind attitude toward others, along with perseverance in suffering.