Putting On The New Man - A Study In Colossians, Part II
For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in Heaven, having made peace through the blood of of His cross. Colossians 1:19,20
The ministry of reconciliation is a gift of God's love to be received by faith thus producing the "New Man", an exact replica of the Lord Jesus Christ!" By repenting of ones sinful lifestyle and by receiving the blood of Christ to cleanse you of all unrighteousness will birth the "New Man" in the likeness of His Father in you, thus allowing you entrance into the royal family of God.
God's greatest gift to mankind was to redeem him from the penalty of his sin that was inherited from Adam thereby allowing man access back into the presence and favor of the Most High. Because of one man's disobedience judgment came to all of the human race sentencing them to eternal judgment and wrath forever in the fires of Hell. God stepped out into the earthly realm in the form of the Christ (The anointed One) to become a perfect sacrifice for the atonement of all of mankind destined to purchase their souls from judgment with His own blood shed on the cross. Executed for righteousness Jesus offered up His very life for us all to inherit the right to become sons and daughters of God to rule and reign in the kingdom of His Son. Washed in the blood of a spotless Lamb we were cleansed of our sin and delivered from the bondage of eternal death forever.
Jesus was the forerunner of a new and living way for man to enter into the grace of the eternal Father and be set free from the law of sin and death, destined to become a race of supernatural beings recreated in the likeness of His Son! New creations in Christ totally transformed by the redemptive power of the Triune (Three in One) God, set free from their bonds and sent into all the earth to spread the gospel of salvation to a lost and dying world in need of redemption. Through the death, burial and resurrection of the Son of the living God everyone was given the choice to be transformed into new men and women or to remain in their sinful state only to suffer the penalty of eternal torment and mourning forever, damned to the pits of Hell!
For by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundant grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. Therefore as through one man's offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man's righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous. Romans 5:17-19
ALIENATED AND ENEMIES OF GOD
And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled in the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy and blameless and above reproach in His sight. Colossians 1:21,22
Jesus took upon Himself the sins of the world, being the perfect sinless and spotless Lamb to be sacrificed for us to inherit eternal life through His shed blood. This one supreme act of God's love set mankind free from the bondage of sin and eternal death for all who would repent of their sin and believe in the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. The greatest act of kindness ever was the gift of the Lord Jesus given freely to be executed for a sinful and rebellious world of unbelievers bound for the wrath of God.
According to the Word of God everyone was birthed with the stain of Adam's sin committed in the garden of Eden when he allowed Eve to eat of the fruit that God said they were not to eat. We are all born in sin in need of the Savior's blood to wash away our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness, without which we would all perish to be tormented in the fires of Hell forever. The biggest mistake mankind can make is believing that somehow by being good, or moral, or by giving to charity, or by doing good deeds that he can save himself, and many a good man and woman have perished because of this, only to someday stand at the "Great White Throne Judgment" reserved for the damned!
To receive the gift of eternal life one must totally surrender his heart and will to the Savior, believing in His redemptive power to redeem him from sin and death through the shedding of His blood. By grace God chose to have mercy on us by delivering His only begotten Son to death on the cross that allowed us all to be able to be saved from His wrath through faith in this one act of redemption, freely given to all who are willing to repent and become born again new creations in Christ!
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10
GROUNDED AND STEADFAST IN THE FAITH
If indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you heard, which was preached to every creature under Heaven, of which I, Paul became a minister. Colossians 1:23
Are you grounded and steadfast in your walk with Christ? If not, like a tree planted but not rooted, when the storms of life come you will be blown away! Trees have to be grown in an environment that is conducive to their well being so that their roots can extend deep within the soil to insure their ability to withstand even the greatest of winds. So it is with the New Man, he must create an environment of Word enriched prayer, study and meditation in order to grow and mature in the Lord.
Jesus concentrated His efforts on twelve men, teaching them by example the things of the kingdom that He was establishing on earth. These men were uneducated and probably a little rough around the edges being just ordinary every day men laboring to support themselves and their families. Today we wouldn't have looked twice at these men, especially for any type of leadership position because of their background and livelihood, being untrained and at best, laymen. (A term not used in the New Testament) Jesus had prayed for these men and God spoke to Him that these were the very ones to be the new men established and trained to be pillars in His new temple of living stones.
This is exactly what is missing today in our microwave, fast food, only on Sunday, consumer driven, event motivated atmosphere called church! There is no discipleship, no training, no equipping and absolutely no sending of men that have been to the school of Christ, mentored by His Spirit to become powerful expressions of Him in the earth! The pattern set by Jesus Himself was to build His kingdom with faithful men who would in turn give themselves to others in order to train them in the very things that Jesus taught them. The ministry of replication was used to make carbon copies of the Lord Jesus Christ, formed by the trials of life, trained in the world and sent into the seas of humanity with the gospel of the kingdom to turn the world upside down for Him who was to die and be resurrected into glory to ever intercede for His newly formed ekklesia called the church!
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf does not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. Psalm 1:1-3