“Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.”
This verse begins the practical section of the epistle. Imperatives abound in this part of Colossians. This is a turning point of huge importance at this juncture in Colossians.
Paul builds his epistles on the same construct. The epistles do not vary much from this format. First, he lays a substructure of positional truth. Doctrine always comes first. Then the letter concludes with a superstructure of plain imperative of practical importance. These imperatives deal with both attitudes and behavior.
Before we do we must believe. First it is doctrine, then deed. First it is belief, then behavior. If our belief does not affect our behavior then we have a flawed belief. First it is creed, then conduct. If our conduct does not match our creed there is something wrong. First it is principles, then it is practice. First revelation, then responsibility. The last two chapters are given over to lucid, crisp, terse, relevant and stinging imperatives.
Our condition is predicated upon our position.
Our position is the result of justification. Our condition is the result of our position. Our position is God’s responsibility. Our condition is our responsibility.
We can do nothing about our position other than to accept it by faith. We can do something about our condition. However, our condition is predicated upon our position. We need to bring our condition into alignment with our position.