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March 9th, 2018 - Col 3:5-6

                     Daily Devotional <> March 9,2018 <> Friday

                            New life for believers <> Colossians 3:5-6

                            Point of Contact <> Bro. Ben Van Winkle

 

   In V:3, we were told that we died. Here we are told to put to death our members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passions, evil desires, & covetousness, which is idolatry. In these two verses we have a very clear illustration of the difference between a believer's standing & state. His standing is that he has died. His state should be that of realizing his death to sin by putting to death his members which are on the earth. Our standing is what we are in Christ. Our state is what we are in ourselves. Our standing is the free gift of God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Our state represents our response to God's Grace.

   Here we should also notice the difference between law & grace. God does not say, “If you live a life of freedom from sin, then I will give you a position of death with Christ.” That would be law. Our position would depend on our own efforts, & needless to say, no one would ever attain that position. Instead off that, God says: “I freely give to all who believe on the Lord Jesus a position of favor in My sight. Now go out & live a life that is consistent with such a high calling.” That is Grace!!

   When Paul says we should put to death our members which are on the earth, he does not mean that we should literally destroy any of the members of the physical body. Here the word members are used to signify the various forms of lust & hatred.

   Fornication is generally used to describe unlawful sexual intercourse or immorality, especially between single people (Matthew 15:19; Mark 7:21

Sometimes it is broader & is translated sexual immorality. Uncleanness refers to impurity of thought, word, or action. It speaks of moral filth rather than physical dirtiness here. Passion means strong & unbridled lust. Evil desires speaks of often violent cravings. Covetousness generally means greediness or the desire to have more, but here it may refer especially to an unholy desire to satisfy sexual appetite which is idolatry.

   Various sexual sins are described here, then they are traced to their source mainly , the covetous heart of man. The Word of God is clear in  teaching that there is nothing inherently wrong with sex. But the sin comes when these things which God has so graciously bestowed upon, His creatures are used for vile illicit purposes. Sexual sins was the cardinal offense of the pagan world in Paul's day, & doubtless still holds first place. Where believers are not yielded to the Holy Spirit, sexual sins often comes into their lives & proves their downfall.

 

   Men think they can commit these outrageous sins & escape punishment. The heavens seem to be silent, & man increases in his boldness. But God is not mocked. The wrath of God comes down upon the sons of disobedience for these things. These sins have their consequences in this life; people reap in their own bodies the results of sexual immorality.  In addition they will reap a terrible harvest of judgment in a day yet in the future.