Here’s a segment of a sermon I preached called “You Can Change” from Colossians 3:1-17:
In a passage that accentuates the tension between what we are in Christ and what we experience in our daily life on earth, Paul gives us a tremendous word of promise.
Right now, in our effort to put on virtue, we wrestle with sin and brokenness. We are marred and, in some way, not yet whole. We have been raised with Christ, yet there is still a stain inside of us. And this stain inclines us toward evil. Our efforts to live virtuously will always fall short. And this is not an failure of God’s grace, but rather evidence that indwelling sin is a reality.
And that’s where v. 4 comes in to play. “When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” One day the one in whom we find our identity will appear and we will be “further clothed” and share in his glory.
The promise we have is that one day there will be no more vices to be avoided. There will be no more struggling for virtue. There will be no more New Year’s resolutions. When Christ returns in glory, there will be no more need to clothe ourselves with virtue because, as Revelation 7:14 says, we will wear robes that have been washed white in the blood of the Lamb.
Listen to the whole sermon.