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The Old Man And The New

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The Old Man And The New

Colossians 3:5-14

Mark Twain introduces us to Huckleberry Finn. After his adoption by the widow Douglas, poor Huckleberry had great difficulty in adjusting to his new life. The problem, of course, was in the matter of his clothes. The poor boy was far too attached to that picturesque ruin of rags that had made him such a colorful figure in the community before he struck it rich. He had great difficulty both in donning and in wearing his new clothes. In the Bible, of course, clothes symbolize habits. "Off with the old," says God, "on with the new! Off with the old, at once and once for all."

1.  THE OLD MAN (Colossians 3:5-9)

a.  The old man's ruin (Colossians 3:5-7)

(1)  Its reality (Colossians 3:5a)

(2)  Its roots (Colossians 3:5b)

(3)  Its remedy (Colossians 3:6-7)

b.  The old man's rags (Colossians 3:8-9)

(1)  His evil whims (Colossians 3:8a)

(2)  His evil words (Colossians 3:8-9a[8b-9a])

(3)  His evil ways (Colossians 3:9b)

2.  THE NEW MAN (Colossians 3:10-14)

a.  The new man's righteousness (Colossians 3:10-11)

b.  The new man's robes (Colossians 3:12-14)

We are to put on--

(1)  Goodness (Colossians 3:12)

(2)  Graciousness (Colossians 3:13)

(3)  Godliness (Colossians 3:14)

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