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Colossians 3:1-12 “Personal Responsibility

May 1, 2022 Series: The Book of Colossians

Passage: Colossians 3:1-12

“When Paul was writing He was praying as He was praying, he was writing.”


The emphasis, Thesis statement and reason for the praying epistle to the Colossians and N.T. Church. (1:9,10)


“To be filled with knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding (vs. 10), so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects.


The realization of the Thesis (1:9-12) is the “Full assurance of understanding” (2:2) of “God’s mystery, that is, Christ himself.”


“Spiritual wisdom, and the full assurance of understanding” comes with a personal responsibility!  


The foundation of our “personal responsibility” to God as He has saved us (reconciled 1:19-22) is found in 2:6; 20; 3:1.


The Christians Personal Responsibilities as found in Colossians


    1. “Walk in Him” 2:6-8
    2. “Set your mind on the things above” 3:1,2


  • “Consider the members of your Earthly body as dead” 3:5
  • “Put them all aside” 3:8


    1. “Do not lie to one another since you laid aside the old self with all its evil practices” 3:9


  • “Put on the new self” 3:10
  • “Put on a heart of compassion….” 3:12



The contrast between “putting aside” to “putting on” (vs 5-12). 


Read Matthew 5:12-30; Romans 5:17-6:23; James 1:12-15