Today as I was doing my Bible study, Living the Spirit-Filled Life, by Jack Hayford, we studied a scripture that has meant much to me over the years. Reading it slowly, breaking it down is like looking into the brazen laver as described by Juanita Bynum in The Threshing Floor. It is like looking in a mirror to see where we are and where we are not reflecting Christ in our lives, how He not only lives in us but through us.
1Since, then, you have been raised with Christ,
set your hearts on things above,
where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.
2Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
3For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
4When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
5Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature:
and greed, which is idolatry.
6Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.
7You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived.
8But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these:
and filthy language from your lips.
9Do not lie to each other,
since you have taken off your old self with its practices
10and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
11Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
12Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with
13Bear with each other
and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another.
Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
14And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.
And be thankful.
16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom,
and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.
17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
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