Colossians 3:1-24
Introduction: Have you ever seen a beautiful butterfly? Has it always been able to fly and radiate different colors? No… Rather, it’s been transformed from a crawling caterpillar to a bouncing butterfly – death to life. Likewise, we as redeemed believers in Jesus have been changed from an OLD life to a NEW life in Christ. That process continues until we are glorified in heaven…. I like to call it R.I.P. Why? Paul uses (2) pieces of the puzzle that snap together in R.I.P.
1. Some things need to be (BURIED) R.I.P.! Rest In Peace (Col 3:1-5)
” If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affections on the things above, not on the things on the earth….For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”
Note: {“If” means “since”- aorist tense – past event- the believers of Colossae had already been “raised” up – (positionally and practically when fleshed out experientially)
•”Dead” R.I.P – Rest In Peace. (“For ye are dead”- Col 3:4)
•”Mortify” aorist – put to death..”your members…fornication, uncleanness….evil concupiscence, and covetousness.” (Col 3:5)
[Past sins – R.I.P; Perfect people – R.I.P.]
2. Some things need to be RESURRECTED in POWER (R.I.P.)! (Col 3:15-24)
Our hearts need (R.I.P.)
•[A Passion for His WORD] – Col 3:16 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly”
•[A Passion for His WILL] – Col 3:15 “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts”
•[A Passion for His WORK] – Col 3:23,24 “Whatever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord…ye serve the Lord Christ.”
Conclusion: Daily Reminder: 
  • Some things in our life {have been} need to be buried. “Put to death” (R.I.P) – Rest In Peace!
  • While some things need to be “Brought to life” (R.I.P.) – Resurrected In Power!
Hallelujah….if you could only see what I USED to be…and NOW transformed into….well…a work in progress!
Love y’all,
Dr. Randy Reese