7 Consequences of the Change in Christ Colossians 3:5-17

 Embracing Transformation: The Consequences of Change in Christ

We delve into the transformative power of Christ's work within us, exploring the profound consequences that emerge when we surrender our lives to Him. Colossians 3:5-17 serves as our guide, revealing how this change affects our entire being and lifestyle. Let's journey together through these verses and uncover the remarkable outcomes of our transformation in Christ.

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I. A New Creature in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17)

The moment we come to Christ, we experience a radical transformation. We become new creatures, free from the bondage of sin and welcomed into a restored relationship with our Heavenly Father. This transformation affects not only our behavior but our very nature, allowing us to live in the light of His grace.

II. A Life Led by the Spirit (Romans 8:9-14)

Through the change in Christ, we are granted the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. This change enables us to live in alignment with God's will. The Spirit empowers us to overcome the desires of the flesh and walk in righteousness. As we yield to the Spirit's leading, we experience victory over sin and an intimate communion with God.

III. An Entirely Different Perspective (Philippians 3:7-8)

The transformation in Christ shifts our priorities and perspectives. The allure of worldly treasures and achievements diminishes as we gain an eternal perspective. Our desires realign with the values of God's kingdom, emphasizing the eternal and the spiritual over the temporal and the material.

IV. A Life of "Higher Vision" (Colossians 3:1-2)

The change in Christ lifts our focus to higher realms. Our minds are set on things above, not on earthly matters. This shift in focus transforms our motivations, aspirations, and priorities. We seek the things of God and His kingdom, pursuing His purposes in our lives.

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V. Renewing the Mind (v. 10; cf. Eph. 4:23; 2 Cor. 10:5)

As we embrace the change in Christ, our minds undergo a renewal process. The old thought patterns, influenced by worldly desires, are replaced with the truth of God's Word. We are called to actively engage in this renewal, allowing the Holy Spirit to reshape our thinking and align it with the mind of Christ.

VI. Burying the Old Man in Baptism (Col. 2:12; Rom. 6:3-4)

Through baptism, we participate in the symbolic burial of our old selves. The water symbolizes dying to our former sinful nature, and rising again signifies our new life in Christ. This powerful imagery illustrates that our transformation is not superficial but a profound change of identity brought about by the work of Christ.

VII. Enjoying the Peace of God (Col 3:15)

One of the beautiful consequences of the change in Christ is the peace that surpasses understanding. As we surrender our lives to Him, the conflicts that once raged within us begin to subside. His peace guards our hearts and minds, enabling us to navigate life's challenges with serenity and trust.

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The transformation in Christ leads to powerful consequences that reshape our entire existence. Our minds are renewed by His truth, old ways are buried in baptism, and we are granted the peace of God that defies human comprehension.

The consequences of the change in Christ are profound and far-reaching. We become new creatures, indwelt by the Holy Spirit, with a renewed perspective and a higher vision. These outcomes impact every facet of our lives, transforming us from the inside out.

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