08-04-2019 Sermon - Put On the New Self

The Apostle Paul draws a contrast between the things that are above and the things that are of earth. Here the spatial language is metaphorical. That which is above comes from God, and that which is of the earth is worldly wisdom. God's Word comes from above, as does every good and perfect gift. Above represents the eternal, below that which is temporal. What is above is beneficial, and from below what is caustic and injurious. For the baptized who have been raised with Christ in newness of life, we can exercise some determination in setting our minds on the things above. And given garments of salvation in our baptism, we can also through daily repentance get out of soiled clothing, be washed clean, and put on Christ's righteousness...