Put to death therefore what is earthly in you.
(Colossians 3:5 ESV)
For the past several days, I have been mulling over this teaching to put to death (kill) what is earthly in me (sin). In a judicial sense, killing a person will bring charges in a court of law. What if we were dragged into court with regard to the killing of earthly things within us? What charges would the district attorney bring against us?
Here are some of the legal charges at his disposal. Consider the terms and see what would apply to you. If you would be the recipient of a reduced charge, you have some work to do.
We should be charged and convicted of a premeditated killing of our sin. We should be mulling over and planning well in advance about how we will kill sin. When temptation crouches at our door, we need to execute our plan to kill it.
This word has to do with intent. A malicious person intends to do evil to somebody. Sin will rarely if ever be overcome without intentionally deciding to kill it.
4. Honor Killing
In some cultures, death is the method of defending the honor of some societal connection. When we slay sin in our lives, we are defending the name of the Lord. This is a much more effective means of defending God’s honor than by attacking sin in the lives of others.
5. Stand Your Ground
In my state of Florida, this is the law on the books about defending one’s property. If a criminal trespasses into your domicile, you can shoot him. If you are a believer, your body is called a temple of the Holy Spirit. Sin seeks to plunder this temple. Stand your ground and take sin out.
6. Involuntary Manslaughter
This usually relates to some sort of accidental killing. In the spiritual realm, there really is no such thing as involuntary manslaughter of sin. You don’t accidentally kill sin. Circumstances might not allow you to commit a certain sin, but the sin still lurks inside.
7. Deadly Weapon
In the Christian fight against sin, the only deadly weapon we possess is our sword. More particularly the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. In Ephesians 6 Paul identifies this for us when he describes the Christian armor. Of all of the armor pieces, the sword is the only offensive attacking part. The remainder of the armor defends us. The sword can both defend and attack. Are you skilled in the use of your weapon?
The question for us is this: How difficult of a time would the district attorney have in finding evidence, determining your motives and convicting you of the charge of killing sin?
Let me also say this. It is imperative that you understand that we come into life guilty before God of our sin. Only through the death of Jesus in our place can we find forgiveness before God. If you have questions about that, please contact me.