March 30, 2021

What Does Colossians 3:6-8 mean?

What Does Colossians 3:6-8 mean?

Colossians 3:5-8 (NIV) Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 

Transcript

Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth. I’m Julie Carruth. 

In Colossians chapter 3 verse 5 Paul gave us several behaviors that belonged to our old life. And Paul commands us to cut these things out of our lives. 

In verse 6 Paul writes, “Because of these (that is the sinful behaviors from your old life), the wrath of God is coming.” The wrath of God is coming? What does that even mean? In Romans 1:18 Paul writes something very similar about the wrath of God. The NIV Study Bible explains that this wrath is not like an angry outburst but rather it is his abandonment of the wicked to their sin and its consequences. The Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary writes that we will all be held accountable for our sinful behavior. This day is customarily called “the day of the Lord” and on this day will be great wrath and distress. 

Paul continues in verses 7 thru 8, You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.”

Paul says you must rid yourself. In the original Greek language that is a command. You must rid yourself of one, anger. This is the type of emotion that just festers within you. Which then leads to two, rage, which is when that anger just explodes. Three. Paul says to rid yourself of Malice which are nasty words and course conversation. Four, get rid of Slander or hurtful speech. And, five, cut Filthy language out of your vocabulary. This is not only obscene language but also abusive language. 

 So your simple Truth for today: Just because you are a follower of Christ, it doesn’t mean you aren’t still tempted by sinful behavior. But Paul says put them to death. They don’t belong in you. And, now that you are fully alive in Christ, the Holy Spirit compels and empowers you to fight against these actions. 

Have a blessed day. I’ll see you again tomorrow.