A Devotional: Colossians 3:9-10 and Romans 1:18-19

It would be great if you would share some or all of your answers in the comments section.

Colossians 3: 1-10
1 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.
3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming.
7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them.
8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices
10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

Questions from Colossians 3:

1. What does it mean to seek things from above, rather than to seek things that are on earth? What is the point in this? Use scripture in your answer, and consider quoting Christ himself.

2. How do we “put to death” the sins list ( and those not listed) in verse 5? If Christ takes our sins away at salvation, then why does it command us to get rid of sin here? Use scripture to back up your answer. Consider looking in 1John.

3. What does “being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator” mean? Give some other examples in scripture where this is discussed. Again, consider 1 John, and the Psalms.

Romans 1
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.
17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.
19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.
20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.
21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools,
23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves,
25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

Questions From Romans 1:

1. In what ways does this scripture relate to what you read in Chapter 3 of Colossians?

2. What is the effect of sin on a person’s mind, perspective, and judgment? Give another example in scripture that speaks about the sinful mind in relation to GOD.

3. Why do you think verse 24 says that “GOD gave them up in the lust of their hearts?” How is this connected to the mind of the unbeliever?

4. Compare and Contrast Colossians 3:9-10 with Romans 1:18-19

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