"Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming." - Colossians 3:5-6 NIV
I'm extremely grateful for the freedom I have as an American citizen. I also understand the dream of so many who want to live permanently in this land of opportunity.
Growing up in this country, where we declare our freedom in our founding documents as well as our national songs, I never once assumed my freedom came without responsibility; without proper gratitude.
Reading Paul's word to the Colossians today I was reminded that in God's Kingdom, with the freedom it brings, I have a responsibility too; a great debt of gratitude if you will.
Putting to death the deeds of our human nature is not only commanded, it seems a small and appropriate act of gratitude. I've said it many times, in many sermons but we were not just saved from sin and death. We were also saved to holiness and life. This is true freedom!
Watchman Nee once said, "It is a fact that the Lord Jesus has already died for you. It is also a fact that you have already died with the Lord Jesus. If you do not believe in your death with Christ, you will not be able to receive the effectiveness of life with Him - freedom FROM sin!"
Questions to Consider:
Does your life reflect a belief that you were saved from sin? If not why?
Do you believe the list Paul gives regarding "earthly nature" is exhaustive?
Further Study: Read 1 John 4:18. If perfect love (which we've been given in Christ) casts out fear and fear has to do with punishment, who is the warning for in Colossians 3:6? What then is the implied responsibility?