Putting On The New Man - A Study In Colossians, Part IV
Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them triumphing over them in it. So let no one judge you in regards to food and drink or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ. Colossians 2:15-17
Again the apostle Paul is warning the church at Colosse not to be cheated by men in following Jewish tradition in regards to the law and not to be judged in what they ate or drank. One of the pitfalls of true discipleship is to traverse the vast seas of man-made religion and the traditions of ill-advised leadership and false prophets trying to deceive the New Man! Jesus disarmed the powers of darkness and they have absolutely no power over us but the ability to deceive and trap us with their cunning schemes!
One of the most successful tactics of the enemy is to bring the newly born again believer back under the law in which he was set free from, and put him in bondage to the traditions, rules and regulations of ignorant men, completely nullifying the grace that set them free. I have seen it time and time again, the newly born baby in Christ being sucked up into Jewish tradition and law. From Pentecost onward, even by the hands of Christ's own disciples the Gentiles who were gloriously saved were co-hearsed to be circumcised, obey the law of Moses, keep the Sabbath and abstain from eating things that were deemed unclean in the law. Even the great apostle Peter was deceived into trying to corrupt the Gentile's new found freedom in Christ and accused by Paul of his hypocrisy.
The grace of God has set us free from the bondage of the law of sin and death and we have been released from the traditions and doctrines of men passed down through the ages and manipulated by demonic schemes to seduce us from our freedom in Christ. Beware of men who come to you and try to get you to begin to be involved in Jewish tradition, the wearing of prayer shawls, keeping the Sabbath, abstaining from certain foods and speaking in Hebrew, things that seem like the truth, but in reality they will hold you in bondage to the law, and not the grace that was given to set you free!
Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding to the Head, from whom all the body, nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, grow with the increase that is from God. Colossians 2:18,19
CRUCIFIED WITH CHRIST
"I have been crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20
Jesus took upon Himself the sins of all of mankind and was crucified that sin might be totally done away with and that man should no longer be held in bondage to it. The blood of Christ set man free from the bondage of sin, death and the law and by grace we have been freed from its bonds to ever serve the Lord Jesus Christ in His kingdom on earth. The "Old Man" was executed on the cross in order for the "New Man" to become a born again new creation in Christ, a brand new supernatural man recreated in the image of His Father.
No longer a slave but a son, adopted by the heavenly Father to rule and reign in a supernatural kingdom established upon the earth for a divine family of worshipers. No longer held in bondage to the rules of man, washed from sins by the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ, the New Man is birthed in freedom and glory and as Christ was raised from the dead so also we are raised in the image of our Creator, re-birthed or in modern language, re-Mastered into the very image of the One who saved us and cleansed us from all sin and law. If we as His family could ever grasp all that was done on the cross for us to set us free we would quickly reap the harvest of the world and willingly give all to reign with Christ in power and glory in His kingdom here on earth.
When the natural man dies he is no more, destined to decompose and become dust once again, blown away with the wind, but when the "Old Man" dies, our old sinful body, we are crucified and resurrected back into the image and glory of God from which all of mankind fell when Adam sinned in the garden. A brand new race of supernatural beings raised immortal to once again enter the divine presence of the Father and to live eternally with Him forever in glory, whether here on earth or with Him in Heaven, makes no difference because we have been transferred into the Son of His love upon being born again!
Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed (cleared, pardoned, justified) from sin. Romans 6:4-7
RAISED WITH CHRIST
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things of the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears then you also will appear with Him in glory. Colossians 3:1-4
The New Man has undergone a drastic transformation from a natural human being to a supernatural heavenly being formed into the image of God by the "Creative Power" of Holy Spirit! No longer just a sinner saved by grace, but a saint washed in the blood of Jesus, crucified with Him, buried with Him and raised eternal with Him to rule and reign in the kingdom of God here, and in the realm of Heaven. As the New Man sets his mind and heart on things above he begins to understand that which has been done to him in regards to the supernatural metamorphosis that he has experienced as he learns to walk in the spirit and not in the flesh.
God's plan for all of mankind is to rescue them from sin and eternal judgment and transform them back into the image of the Creator that was lost in the garden when Adam fell, thus allowing condemnation to flow down the bloodlines of humanity up until now, bringing with it the curse of the law of sin and death. The divine design was re-Mastered when the Lord Jesus died on the cross, was buried, and then resurrected into a glorious New Man to become first fruits of this new supernatural race of New Men and New Women raised in the likeness of Christ! From the time of Christ's resurrection the law was fulfilled, the old priesthood was done away with and man was allowed to come before the very throne of God once again as a son and not an orphan.
It is my expressed desire in this teaching to encourage those who have become new creations in Christ to be all they can in Him, putting to death the deeds of the flesh and walking a new in the power and anointing of God, fulfilling their destiny, and furthering the kingdom of their Father here on earth. Don't let yourselves become polluted by the traditions and doctrines of men and demons, but instead even expose their deeds so that others won't become ensnared by their ignorance. Come out of whatever is not godly, including fellowships and churches who deny the truth and refuse to believe in the power of God, don't be deceived by false prophets and angels of light who will come to you to rob, kill and destroy, ill-advised and deceived they will try and hold you in bondage and cripple your walk with the Lord Jesus Christ, the supreme and ultimate Commander of the host! May God richly bless you and perform His perfect will and plan for your life!
But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all. Colossians 3:8-11