1. Two principles that form the foundation for dealing with sin are:
a). CHRISTIANS DO NOT HAVE TO SIN (VERSE 1)
b). CHRISTIANS DO NOT WANT TO SIN (VERSE 2)
2. What is the necessary prerequisite for these two principles to work in a person's life? THE PERSON MUST BE RISEN WITH CHRIST, (THAT IS, HE MUST BE SAVED AND HAVE THE POWER OF THE RESURRECTED LIFE WITHIN HIM
3. Who makes a believer sin? ONLY HIMSELF
4. Where does a Christian's sin begin? IN HIS MIND
5. According to verse 5, what action must a person take when he seeks to gain victory over his sin? KILLING THE FLESH, THAT IS, REPENTANCE OR DELIBERATELY TURNING AWAY FROM AND DENYING THE DESIRES OF THE FLESH
6. The term "wrath of God" in Colossians 3:6 helps us to understand the right attitude a person must have in dealing with his sin. What is that attitude? HE MUST HAVE A HATRED FOR HIS SIN (SEE IT LIKE GOD SEES IT
7. Which of the following images best illustrates a sinner's situation, as described in verse 7?
a) an escalator going down
b) a roller coaster
c)* an animal tethered to a stake by a rope
8. The emphasis upon sins of the mouth in verses 8 and 9
a) shows that such sins are more noticeable because they are heard by everyone.
b) shows how offensive such sins are to Christians.
c)* is important because it reveals a man's real character, that is, his heart.
9. Why is it so important that the warning "lie not" (verse 9) be included in Colossians 3, which deals with person sin? (compare John 8:44) WHEN A PERSON LIES, THEY ARE OBEYING A DIFFERENT AUTHORITY, ACTING LIKE THEY ARE UNDER THE AUTHORITY OF SATAN
10. T* F The point of verse 11 is that no matter what a man's background or life situation, it is always possible to turn from sin.
11. T F* From verse 13 we are reminded that forgiveness is important because Christ will not forgive us unless we first forgive others.
12. According to verse 16, what tools are effective in helping a Christian deal with personal sin?
b) CHRISTIAN MUSIC
13. Choose one of the ten verses below and place its number next to the Colossian verse that best explains the Colossian verse.
1. Luke 2:51,51
2. James 1:19,20
3. Romans 8:28
4. Mark 11:22
5. I Corinthians 7:21,22
6. I Corinthians 4:15,16
7. Ephesians 5:25-27
8. I Peter 3:1-4
9. Matthew 6:34
10. Hebrews 8:1
8 Col 3:18
7 Col 3:19
1 Col 3:20
6 Col 3:21
5 Col 3:22
14. Choose one of the 10 people listed below and place its associated letter next to the Colossian verse which they best illustrate.
15. Verse 23 supports the idea that
a) we do not have to care what people think of us.
b)* a person's motivation is more important than his actions.
c) Christians have the liberty to do whatever they want.
16. The point of verse 24 is
a) if we serve the Lord, we can expect additional rewards.
b) we must serve Jesus faithfully so that He will add to our inheritance.
c)* if Jesus is our Lord, we already have our reward and our faithful service will not result in any further personal gain than what He has already secured for us.
17. The point of verse 25 is
a)* if Jesus is our Lord, we already have been judged and any unfaithfulness in our service will not result in any review or loss.
b) that God is not a respecter of persons and He will not let Christians get away with any lazy or unfaithful life of service.
c) if God let men get away with wrongs without visiting wrong in return, He would be unrighteous and be guilty of showing favoritism.
18. According to Colossians 3:23-25, the only proper Christian motive for obeying God is not for reward nor for fear of judgment but for LOVE OF GOD
Write an answer to ONE of the following questions or requests. The answer must not be longer than one paragraph.
1. One extreme view of Christian life is perfectionism, the idea that any disobedience in a person's life is evidence that they are probably not saved. The other extreme view of Christian life is "easy-believism," the idea that once saved by grace a person's actions are not important and disobedience is not a big concern. How does Colossians 3 help to answer both extremes and provide a truer view? In other words, what is the correct view of sin in a Christian's life? CHRISTIANS HAVE THE DESIRE AND POWER TO OBEY GOD AND IN MANY CASES THEY DO OBEY. BUT THEY STILL LIVE IN A SINFUL BODY AND SO DO NOT ALWAYS OBEY. A CHRISTIAN IS SAVED BY GRACE APART FROM ANY PERSONAL RECORD OF OBEDIENCE, SO ANY IDEA THAT OBEDIENCE IS REQUIRED TO BE RIGHT WITH GOD IS A GOSPEL OF WORKS. BESIDES THAT PERFECT OBEDIENCE IS A PRIDEFUL IMPOSSIBLE DELUSION, FOR ANY HONEST PERSON EASILY RECOGNIZES HIS DAILY DISOBEDIENCE. ON THE OTHER HAND, WHEN A CHRISTIAN IS SAVED, HE IS GIVEN A NEW LIFE. NEW MOTIVATION AND POWER ACCOMPANY HIS SALVATION. SO, A LACK OF CONCERN FOR OBEYING GOD IS A INDICATION THAT THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. ADDED TO THAT IS THE FACT THAT WE BEGIN A SAVED LIFE WHERE WE ARE, WITH A LOT OF BAGGAGE FROM OUR FORMER SIN-DOMINATED LIFE AND IT TAKES TIME REMOVE OLD HABITS AND PUT ON NEW ONES. ONLY OVER TIME IS THERE REAL EVIDENCE OF AN OBEDIENT HEART, AS GOD GIVES VICTORIES OVER EACH CHRISTIAN'S SIN, BUT NEVER COMPLETING THE JOB.
2. What is dangerous about a program that advocates taking certain outward steps to overcome a sinful habit and replace it with a good one? In what way is the Gospel of salvation the foundation for gaining victory over a particular sin? A PROGRAM THAT TEACHES CERTAIN OUTWARD STEPS TO OVERCOME SIN MAY BE BASED UPON SELF-MOTIVATION AND SELF-POWER. IF IT IS SUCCESSFUL IN ANY WAY THE SUCCESS IS USUALLY TEMPORARY. IF THE SUCCESS IS SUSTAINED, IT IS NOT GOD GLORIFYING BUT SELF-CONGRATULATORY. AND WORSE, IT PROMOTES THE IDEA THAT LIVING A GOOD LIFE IS WITHIN THE ABILITY OF MAN TO ACHIEVE, INDEPENDENT OF GOD. ALSO SUCH A PLAN IMPLIES THAT OUTWARD CONFOMITY IS SUFFICIENT TO PLEASE GOD, A "MORALITY" PLAN WITHOUT A REAL HEART CHANGE.
SALVATION IS THE TRUE BASIS FOR VICTORY OVER SIN IN THE SENSE THAT (1) OUR SIN PROBLEM IS GOD'S PROBLEM TO SOLVE WITH ALL OF HIS WISDOM AND RESOURCES (2) WHEN WE ARE SAVED WE ARE NO LONGER SLAVES OF SIN AND SATAN AND ARE GIVEN GOD'S OWN TRUE DESIRE AND POWER TO TURN FROM SIN AND OBEY HIM (3) WE APPLY THE PRINCIPLES THAT ARE THE FOUNDATION OF SALVATION TO OUR ON GOING STRUGGLE WITH SIN SUCH AS: a) HONEST, CONTRITE RECOGNITION OF PERSONAL SIN, b) WE TRUST IN THE FORGIVENESS OF GOD, TRUST IN HIS CONTROL OVER THE AFFAIRS OF LIFE FOR HIS GOOD, TRUST IN THE VALUE OF HIS PROMISES OVER THE PLEASURES OF SIN FOR A SEASON, c) WE TAKE DELIBERATE REPENTANT STEPS AWAY FROM SIN AND OUR OWN DESIRES, AND STEPS TOWARD COMPLIANCE TO GOD'S WILL.
3. Why does God allow sin to persist in a Christian's life? WE DO NOT KNOW FULLY WHY. HOWEVER, SIN IN A CHRISTIAN'S LIFE DOES REMIND HIM OF GOD'S GREAT PATIENCE AND MERCY. SIN REMINDS A CHRISTIAN TO BE HUMBLE AND OF HIS ABIDING NEED FOR GOD. SIN REMINDS HIM TO BE PATIENT AND HELPFUL WITH OTHER PEOPLE WHO STRUGGLE WITH SIN. SIN GOADS A CHRISTIAN TO PRAYER AND BIBLE STUDY AS WELL AS MAKES THE LESSONS IN THE BIBLE MORE GRIPPING AND VIVID.
4. What is the role of the Bible in a Christian's struggle with sin? THE BIBLE GIVES HIM THE GOSPEL HOPE THAT GOD HAS OVERCOME SIN AND WORKS IN HIS PEOPLE TO GAIN VICTORY OVER SIN. BIBLE MEMORIZATION AND MEDITATION REPLACES SINFUL IDEA THAT BEGIN IN A CHRISTIAN'S MIND. BIBLE STUDY IS VALUABLE BOTH IN PREPARING A CHRISTIAN BEFORE A TIME OF TEMPTATION COMES AND STAYING WITH A CHRISTIAN DURING THE MIDDLE OF HIS STRUGGLE. THE BIBLE ALSO GIVES THE COUNSEL NEEDED IN CERTAIN SITUATIONS OF TEMPTATION AND UNCERTAINTY.
5. Compare the different motivations for seeking to gain victory over sin. ONE MOTIVATION IS OUT OF FEAR IN THE SENSE THAT A PERSON SEEKS TO GAIN VICTORY OVER SIN IN ORDER TO AVOID THE REVIEW OR PUNISHMENT OF GOD. HOWEVER, NO ACTION WE TAKE WILL REMOVE THAT LIABILITY, ONLY SALVATION WILL. FEAR IS THE WRONG MOTIVATION.
A SECOND MOTIVATION IS OUT OF DESIRE FOR GAIN, IN THE SENSE THAT A PERSON SEEKS TO GAIN VICTORY OVER SIN IN ORDER TO RECEIVE A REWARD OR COMMENDATION FROM GOD FOR THEIR OBEDIENCE. HOWEVER, NO ACTION WE TAKE IS SUFFICIENTLY MERITORIOUS TO RESULT IN A REWARD FROM GOD. THE ONLY REWARD A CHRISTIAN RECEIVES IS WHAT ALL CHRISTIANS RECEIVE, ALL THE BLESSINGS OF SALVATION, BESIDES THE FACT THAT ANYTHING GOOD CHRISTIANS DO IS BECAUSE GOD IS REALLY WORKING IN THEM. HOPE FOR GAIN ALSO IS A WRONG MOTIVATION.THE THIRD AND ONLY VALID MOTIVATION IS LOVE FOR GOD, FOR ALL THAT HE HAS DONE TO RESCUE HIS PEOPLE FROM AN ETERNITY IN HELL, CONTINUES TO DO IN COMFORTING AND HELPING HIS PEOPLE TODAY AND HAS PROMISED HIS PEOPLE IN THE FUTURE.
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