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Colossians: 06 New Community

Updated: Nov 28, 2022


The first time I boarded a plane was for a flight to Chicago, Illinois. It was November, and I was headed for basic training in Great Lakes. We were told not to pack anything and to only come with our orders and the clothes we wore.

As I recall, it seemed like it was early morning, 3-4, when we stepped off the shuttle bus as the cold air from the Great Lakes, and a few drill instructors greeted us. Then, we were lined up and taken into a room where an empty box awaited us. Standing in front of the box, we were told to take everything off and place it in the box. If it came from home, it had to go back! Nothing was to be in our possession that came from home.

We would take on a new identity in just a few short months. We were no longer identified as 75 different people from different backgrounds and from all over the Country. Instead, we were to become one unit, one team, one group that survived together. We were even given matching haircuts.

As we move through Colossians, in chapter 3, Paul teaches that we "have been raised with Christ" (3:1). As those raised with Christ, he continues:

Colossians 3:2–3 (NIV)

Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.

As those who have died with Christ and been raised with Him, we have a new identity. Our identity is not in the past or things opposed to God. Therefore, as those with a new identity, our character and lives should reflect the new identity of Christ. In Christ, we are a renewed community and a new body, our identity is now in Him.

Packing Up The Box