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  Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #75
Posted: March 28, 2006

IN CHRIST
A Study of Positional Truths

Our IN CHRIST study takes us this week into Colossians 3:5-11 which says, “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.  But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all

It is here that we have the greatest portrait of hopelessness and the greatest picture of hope entwined in one section of scripture.  In verse 5 we find some of the sins that lie dormant in the old nature.  They are fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, covetousness, idolatry, anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication, and lying.  In this portrait I am amazed with the words used to describe the old nature.  They are words of sexual sensual sins, sins of violent eruptions of passionate anger and sins of deception and filth coming from the mouth.

Paul tells us in verse 6 that the wrath of God abideth upon this nature.  The word ‘wrath’ is violent passion of justifiable vengeance.  Paul tells us in verse 7 that prior to our salvation we walked and lived in this old nature.  The word ‘walked’ means to tread around in and to be occupied with.  The word ‘lived’ means to conduct ones life in.  If there is a greater portrait of hopelessness I don’t know where it would be.

There is also the greatest picture of hope mentioned in three statements of this text.  The first statement is ‘Mortify therefore your members’.  The word ‘mortify’ means to reckon or believe to be dead.  This word takes us back to Calvary.  Paul tells us in Romans 6, “Knowing this that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin”.  The ‘old man is crucified’ is present tense.  This is an ongoing truth that is a present reality.  O, what hope this brings.  The second statement of hope is ‘have put off the old man with his deeds’.  The third statement of hope is ‘and have put on the new man’ after the image of him that created him.  Because of Calvary we can reckon the old man dead and the new man the image of Christ enthroned upon our heart.  John Phillips said this about the old nature, “The old man watches sleeplessly for an opportunity to seize control of the body that it once owned for yet another fling.  He is like a sleeping vampire in a horror story.  He lies there in a grave, a den of darkness, waiting his chance to seize us by the throat and satisfy his horrid appetites and thirsts.  We must drive the mighty stake of the cross of Christ through his hellish heart.  We must deny him access to our members.  We must reckon him dead and remember Calvary

The new relationship of grace is pictured in verse 11.  We are told that in this position we find no Jews or Gentiles.  There is no race, color, or ethnic position in Christ.  There is no circumcision or uncircumcision.  It is IN CHRIST where we find no religious labels.  There is no Baptist (Southern or Independent), Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian, or Pentecostal.  We are told there is neither Barbarian or Scythian.  There are terms of culture.  The rednecks or country people have no corner on Christ over the educated or intellectual people.  There is no bond or free.  This deals with ones status in life.  Ones financial or physical status gives no corner on Christ.  Paul told us, ‘Christ is all, and in all’.  We are made one IN HIM.  IN HIM an uneducated man who cannot read or write can sit down with a doctor of great renown and worship in one around Christ.  

This was so illustrated in the life of D.L Moody and R. A. Torrey.  Moody was an illiterate shoe salesman whom God used to establish a great Bible College and preach to millions.  He was a close friend with R.A. Torrey.  Moody brought him to be president of Moody Bible College.  Torrey was a graduate of Yale University and studied abroad.  He was a very renown polished preacher, but Moody and Torrey were one in Christ.  What a great portrait of hope for us who believe.

 

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