Colossians Part XII - The Old Man and the New (3:5-11)
As we observed last time, Paul urges the Colossians to put away earthly-mindedness - our penchant for sin and selfishness - and to become truly heavenly-minded - to embrace a life of Christ-likeness, of love. In Christ we have been delivered from the old way of life, the way of life in which, like Adam and Eve, we lived in rebellion against God and his law; we have been delivered from that way of life and have been brought into a new way of life, the way of life in which, like Jesus, we live in joyful submission to God and love one another. It is this fundamental transformation from the old man to the new that Paul discusses today.
Stuart Bryan is the pastor of Trinity Church. He and his wife, Paige, have seven children, four homegrown, two adopted from the lovely land of Guatemala, and one adopted from Ukraine. Stuart earned his B.A. in Religion from Whitworth College and his M.A. in Theological and Historical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida.