Lesson 8: The Well-Dressed Believer (Colossians 3:8-14)
Day One Study
1. Read Colossians 3:1-14. What did you observe about this whole section? What is interesting to you?
2. What new ideas or ways of thinking are introduced?
3. What old sins and repulsive habits should believers remove from their lives (vv. 5-11)?
Scriptural Insight: In the Bible, behavior is often likened to a garment, both bad and good. See Job 29:14.
4. Regarding those listed in v. 8, give the dictionary definitions of:
Scriptural Insight: The imperative command against lying is very strong. Paul said to never lie. The reason given (v. 9) applies to all the preceding activities. The “old self” is the person the Christian was before God united him or her with Christ. (Constable’s Notes on Colossians, p. 41)
5. The Greek word translated as abusive or filthy language means “foul speaking, low and obscene speech.” What do you think qualifies as abusive speech or filthy language? See also Ephesians 4:29. Give examples.
6. Why is it necessary for the believer to “put off” such behaviors?
Think About It: “Despite the power of their having been identified with Christ in his death, there were still things, parts of their old lives, habits of hand and mind, which tied them ‘to the earth’ and hindered the outworking of the ‘mind set on what is above.’” (Constable’s Notes on Colossians, p. 39)
7. How does being renewed in knowledge in the image of our Creator (v. 10) tie in with Genesis 1:26-27 and Genesis 3? See also Romans 8:29.
8. Staying Healthy: Do you have a present problem with any of the sins mentioned in 5, 8, and 9? Be honest!! What will you do about it? Ask someone to pray for you during the next week and hold you accountable.
Day Two Study
9. Read Colossians 3:8-14. How does v. 11 explain that all racial, religious, social and sexual distinctions are removed in Christ? See also Galatians 3:26-29 and Acts 17:24-28.
Historical Insight: Jews regarded all others as Gentiles. Greeks and Romans regarded all others as barbarians. Scythians were considered the most barbarous of barbarians—wild, savage nomads. (A. T. Robertson, Word Pictures of the New Testament)
10. Deeper Discoveries (optional): Read Ephesians 2:11-3:12. Why was Colossians
11. Staying Healthy: The Bible never talks about races but about tribes and nations. We are told in the Bible that we are all of one blood, one flesh. We all have the same color. Some of us have more of it than others. Racism is an idea put on later by man to divide people. Do you feel that a particular racial, religious, or ethnic group is inferior to you? Are you willing to put this attitude “to death”?
Scriptural Insight: “There is no national or racial distinction that determines one’s acceptability to God nor is there any religious, cultural, or social distinction. Jesus Christ is essentially all that we need for new birth and growth. He indwells every believer and permeates all the relationships of life.” (Constable’s Notes on Colossians, p. 41)
12. With what good behaviors are we to “clothe ourselves”?
13. Now define those listed specifically in v. 12. Give an example of each.
· Compassion —
· Kindness —
· Humility —
· Gentleness —
· Patience —
· Bear with one another—
· Forgive one another—
· Love as the perfect bond—
14. How can we develop these fine qualities? See also Galatians 5:22-23 and Ephesians 4:31-32 and any other verses you find.
15. Describe how forgiving one another as Christ has forgiven us would look like in someone’s daily life.
Think About It: Grudges have no place in a Christian’s life!
16. List the terms in all of Colossians 3:8-14 that are used to indicate that your WILL must be actively involved effecting change.
17. Staying Healthy: Of the good qualities listed in vv. 12-14, choose one that you especially need and tell God you are willing for Him to develop this characteristic of Christ in you. Then ask someone to pray for this need in your life next week.
Jesus Christ is above all powers and authorities, in all believers, and is all we need for earth and heaven!!