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TRUSTWORTHINESS

November 28, 2016

Monday

 

Colossians 3:9-10

Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;  And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

 

LESSON

The imperative command against lying is very strong. Paul literally said: “Never lie!” The reason given applies to all the preceding activities. The “old self” is the person the Christian was before God united him or her with Christ.

The “new self” is who the Christian is after his or her union with Christ. One writer argued that “the new man” refers to the church, the body of Christ. True knowledge is full knowledge of God and His will. Sanctification results in increasing likeness to Christ. Only by sanctification can people attain to the full image of God and Christ that God created them to bear

The Christian must kill self-centeredness; he must regard as dead all private desires and ambitions. There must be in his life a radical transformation of the will, and a radical

shift of the center. Everything which would keep him from fully obeying God and fully surrendering to Christ must be surgically excised.

Memory Verse: John 17:17

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