So you are a Christian? If that is the case then the following words will make perfect sense. If you are not a Christian, I pray you read or hear these words not as my own, but as they were originally written by men inspired by God Almighty.
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Christians are those who as the Word teaches have died with Christ and have rose from death with Him. The Holy Spirit lives and dwells within and we have shed the old, sinful nature and wear the new. Look at the last part of verse 6. (Strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.) We are to be made strong in the faith (faith by the way, means trust in the Gospel of Christ and no one else) and be thankful always despite the trials and troubles we will face.
1Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. 5Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
New creations are to look to things of Heaven, focus on Christ, and live in a way that is pleasing to God the Father exhibiting Christ like attitudes to those who do not know His Son, Jesus.
3For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. 5Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.
After a person accepts the free gift of salvation from the Lord, Jesus Christ, they are filled with the Holy Spirit. The old way of life, the earthly nature, the wanting to get drunk, the lust, the greed will be no more. Drinking is not something everybody does, but it is something that a lot of folks do not consider wrong. In a moment, I want to examine the idea, the thought of drinking. First, however, some people do not believe in the concept of conviction in Christ. Some people who do not believe Christ as Lord think the new creation idea is just a joke. They do not believe that all of that “fun” stuff can be given up. I know from personal experience that some use this excuse after the Gospel is presented. “I just can’t give up all the fun.” See Christians and churches in general when looked at from the outside appear to have no fun. As a Christian, I know that there is nothing farther from the truth. Let us take a moment to think what “fun” drinking beer or any other alcohol really is. Right. It is not fun. A person who gets drunk is from a biological standpoint a slave to the body’s cravings. From a Christian standpoint, the person who as I said, gets drunk is a slave to Satan. Spending your time hugging the toilet bowl after a long bout of puking your guts out from the excess drinking is not fun. Biologically speaking, alcohol hurts the entire body. If I have made you made mad, good. You can say anything you want to make yourself feel better if you are a slave to Satan, like, “It’s only one drink,” or “It’s just one beer.” Tell that to the family who lost a child to a person who had just one drink. Tell it to the bruises on the wife, husband, and kids of an alcoholic. Tell to Jesus, when His Word says to avoid strong wine. A real relationship with Christ results in conviction when we, Christians, mess up and fall short in our daily walk.
6Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.[b] 7You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
The wrath of God in my humble opinion can only be described as infinitely just. The cities of
Anger is an emotion that clouds the judgment. I know most of us can say a good scream makes us feel better. I think it does, but anger overall is bad. You walk around all day angry at someone or life circumstances, it, the anger will build to an unhealthy level. Rage is anger personified. Rage is more intense. It’s anger x 1000. Rage leads to total destruction. Malice. It is defined as desire to harm another or to do mischief; spite; evil intent. Children of God should not in their hearts store up, harbor, and keep evil thoughts, grudges, and anything else that goes against God’s will and work in our lives.
Slander. It is not too often I can mention God’s Word and Hank Williams Jr. in the same breath. In a song by Hank, he tells us something like, “If you mind your own “bidness,” you won’t be minding mine.” Scriptures teaches us in I Thessalonians to live a quiet life not being a busybody. Slander is defined as the utterance in the presence of another person of a false statement or statements, damaging to a third person's character or reputation. In other words, we slander folks when we run our mouths spreading lies about them. Filthy language. This pierces my heart first. I am not perfect nor do I pretend to be. However, I am constantly working to honor the God who saved me from hell by not using any language that is less than honorable. Ask yourself this question. “Do you pray with the same set of lips that kiss your children or spouse goodnight and cuss your fate when you stump your toe? We say, “Praise God, I love you, Jesus,” then when we are angered, “You go to hell.”
9Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
As Christians, we are not to lie. Come on now. If we are Christians, the Creator’s third, the Holy Spirit dwells, lives in us. Christ is The Truth. True Christians do not lie. The verse that teaches about renewal means, we as Christians, grow daily in our knowledge of Christ. Verse 11 ends with a truly loving sentiment, Christ is all, and is in all. Please do not be misled. Christ is the all and all, and He is in all. However, “the all” are His children, the ones who call out to Him. So many people believe they are His, but truly are not because Christ is not in them. If we are to be the people of Christ for Christ then we will represent Him in all we do.