All In Worship
November 4/5, 2017
The theme of this letter is the sufficiency and supremacy of Jesus.
Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—if you continue in your faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. (Colossians 1:21-23)
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-4)
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things that are sort of above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds slightly on things above, not on earthly things.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:12-17)
Virtues are not the same as moral laws or rules. Moral laws and rules are external stipulations of the vision of a good life. A virtue is an internal disposition to the good that bubbles up from a person’s character.
Laws and rules inform me about what I ought to do. But virtues transform me into what I’ve been bought to do. “You have been bought with a price, therefore glorify God in your body.” (1 Corinthians 6:20)
Virtues aren’t acquired intellectually but affectively.
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:1)
Join together in following my example, brothers and sisters, and just as you have us as a model, keep your eyes on those who live as we do. (Philippians 3:17)
- Dedicate yourself to peace as a lifestyle—let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.
- Meditate on God’s word as it’s taught—let the message of Christ dwell among you richly.
- Celebrate His reign in worship—as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit.
- Cultivate a spirit of gratitude in everything—be thankful…singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
- Participate in the community of the body in unity—since as members of one body you were called to peace.
And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. (Colossians 3:14)
What do you want?
…“What do you want?… (John 1:38)
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. (Proverbs 4:23)
And over all these virtues put on love… (Colossians 3:14)
List of vices in Colossians 3:5,8: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, greed, idolatry…anger, rage, malice, slander, filthy language, lying.
List of virtues in Colossians 3:12-17: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness, peace, thanksgiving, singing praises.
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