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Colossians# 25 3-10 thru 3-11

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I.      Col 3:10

A.  We are to put on the “NEW MAN.”

B.  How do we put on the NEW MAN?

1.    It’s not so much that we have to step into a new suit, but rather we are to walk in the newness of life.

2.    The Bible tells us that we are a NEW CREATURE.

a)    When we received Jesus as our Lord and savior, our spirit was recreated. We became brand new as a new babe.

b)    The old things passed away. The old man passed away.

C.  Now the KJV says in verse 10 that this new man “Is RENEWED IN KNOWLEDGE.”

1.    The actual Greek says, IS BEING RENEWED IN KNOWLEDGE.

2.    We are in a continual state of being renewed.

a)    The idea here is that in order for us TO BE VICTORIOUS OVER SIN (and really over the devil) we have to continuously be renewed.

(1)  Paul made reference to this continual state of renewal often.
(a)   Look at 2Cor 4:16, this was a renewing work of the Holy Spirit.
(b)   Look at Rom 12:2, this word TRANSFORMED is actually the Greek work which we get “METAMORPHOSIS,” a total change from inside out.[1]

(i)     This metamorphosis only take place by a continual input of God’s Word, prayer, and Christian fellowship, and lifestyle[2]

(c)   Turn to Eph 4:23

(i)     This has to do with a continuous renewal, BUT WHERE?

(ii)   The KJV says in the “spirit of your mind.” The AMP translation says, “having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude.”

b)    God what us to have this proper spiritual attitude so that we would be more like Him.

(1)  Look at EPH 4:24
(2)  The Amp says, “And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness.[3],”
(3)  We are created in the image of God, so we are to put on this new man who walks in true righteousness and holiness, because this is like God.
(a)   We are to walk in His likeness.
(4)  Listen to the New Revised Standard Version, “and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.”[4]
(5)  Adam was created in the image of God (Gen. 1:27), which included a moral and intellectual likeness to God. Though this image was not erased (but only effaced) by the Fall (Gen. 9:6; James 3:9), yet it was corrupted and needs to be repaired and renewed. Christians become increasingly like the Lord as they refresh their new natures, yielding to the Holy Spirit’s sanctifying work.[5]

c)     This task of bearing the image of God is an ongoing process, It’s being renewed step by step, day by day, bearing more and more of His image every day.

d)      1 COR 15:49

(1)  The Amp which is probably better for this verse says, “And just as we have borne the image [of the man] of dust, so shall we and so tlet us also bear the image [of the Man] of heaven.”[6]
(2)   He’s talking to Christians and he says “Let us bear the image of the man of heaven.” Or “Let us bear the image of God.”

e)     In Rom 8:29 it says from the Amp that we are “destined to be molded into the image of His Son” [7]

f)       In most translations 2COR 3:18 says that we are being transformed into His image or His likeness.

(1)     We are in process of it happening, from Glory to glory.
(2)     But 1 day it will happen.
(3)   1 JOHN 3:2

II.   COL 3:11

A.  In Christ all distinctions are removed.

1.    Even religious distinctions, slave or free, it doesn’t matter who we are.

a)    We are all one in Christ.

(1)  1COR 6:17 Says, “But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.”[8]

b)    Believers are truly created equal and equal in the eyes of God.    

WOLCC Thurs. 8/14/2003


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[1]Walvoord, J. F., Zuck, R. B., & Dallas Theological Seminary. (1983-c1985). The Bible knowledge commentary : An exposition of the scriptures (Ro 12:1). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[2]Walvoord, J. F., Zuck, R. B., & Dallas Theological Seminary. (1983-c1985). The Bible knowledge commentary : An exposition of the scriptures (Ro 12:1). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

[3]The amplified Bible, containing the amplified Old Testament and the amplified New Testament. 1987 (Eph 4:24). La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

[4]The Holy Bible : New Revised Standard Version. 1996, c1989 (Eph 4:24). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[5]Walvoord, J. F., Zuck, R. B., & Dallas Theological Seminary. (1983-c1985). The Bible knowledge commentary : An exposition of the scriptures. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

t Many ancient manuscripts read “let us.”

[6]The amplified Bible, containing the amplified Old Testament and the amplified New Testament. 1987 (1 Co 15:49). La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

[7]The amplified Bible, containing the amplified Old Testament and the amplified New Testament. 1987 (Ro 8:29). La Habra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

[8]The Holy Bible : King James Version. 1995 (1 Co 6:17). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

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