Colossians 3:5-10

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The Christ Life—Put Off the Old; Put on the New

Colossians 3:5-10

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Lesson Number 16

Background Notes

Doctrinal Point(s)

  1. We are to put off the old man and put on the new man.

Practical Application

  1. Let’s take off the old man hand-me-down clothes.


  1. Which verses in this passage describe the Colossian Christians before they came to Christ?
  2. Why is covetousness called idolatry?
  3. What is meant by the old man? What is meant by the new man?
  4. What is the old nature? What is the new nature?
  5. What do Romans 8:4 and Galatians 5:16 tell us about the way we should walk?
  6. What is malice?


  1. Colossians 3.5-7
  2. Because something other than God has first place in your life.
  3. The old man is all that we were apart from Christ before we were saved, when we were under the wrath of God. The new man is all that we have become in Christ – the change, a new life, empowered by the indwelling Holy Spirit. We have been forgiven.
  4. The old nature is the sinful nature (that, unfortunately, we have with us still); the flesh. It is characterized by the old man. The new nature is the divine nature that characterizes the Christian, having the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.
  5. They tell us about the responsibility we have to walk after the spirit and not the flesh.
  6. The attitude of wanting to harm another person (even through gossip).


  1. Are you still hanging on to some of your old man and old nature ways? How can you rid yourself of the old man hand-me-down clothes?
  2. The concepts of old\new man and old\new nature frequently appear in God’s Word. Read Romans 8:4 and Galatians 5:16. Put your name into these verses. Check out Ephesians 4:20-24. Also put your name in Colossians 3:10.


  1. Be sure that Christ is supreme, number one in your life. Is there anything that verges on idolatry in your life, taking Christ’s place? If so, do something about it.

Key Verses

  • “…put off the old man with his deeds…and put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him.” Colossians 3:10

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