Posted: March 28, 2006
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 dont 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.
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.