The New Creature

  1. INTRODUCTION:
    1. SCRIPTURE READING:
      Col. 3:5-15 = "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. [12-15] Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful."
    2. THE BIBLE SPEAKS OF TWO CREATIONS:
      1. Material -- This creation was in the beginning when God spoke into existence the heavens and the earth and since then no material substance has been created.
      2. Spiritual -- This is the creation that takes place in the spiritual realm every time a sinner is converted to Christ.
        II Cor . 5:17 = "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new."
        Comment: The Apostle Paul gives in this verse a description of this new creature which can be summed up in two points:
  2. DISCUSSION:
    1. "OLD THINGS ARE PASSED AWAY":
      Comment: In Col. 3:5-11, we find a list enumerating the things which are to be put away -- Let's read these again and take a closer look at them.
      Col. 3:5-11 = "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."
      1. Things that involve sinful and wicked love:
        1. Fornication -- This is the illicit sexual contact between male and females and in involves the acts of harlotry.
        2. Uncleanness -- This is the using our physical body in any unclean manner, or way, that is indecent or unclean that would render it impure, or dirty, and can include:
          1. Thoughts
          2. Words.
          3. Looks.
          4. Gestures.
          5. Dress.
          6. Any indecent bodily actions as dancing, that involve a meaning of Lasciviousness, lewd, filthy and any other breach of public decency.
        3. Inordinate affection -- This lustful affection that is something out of the ordinary use of the body -- This would include the improper placement of hands or any part of the body upon the opposite sex out side of marriage.
        4. Evil Concupiscence -- This is a longing lustful desire for that which is forbidden outside of marriage.
        5. Covetousness -- This is the fraudulent extortion that comes from covetous desires, practices, or greediness.
          Comment: These are followed by an exhortation to slay these things, that is, put them away from you, which is enforced by a strong warning: [v. 6] = "For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:"
      2. Things that involve sinful and wicked hatred:
        1. Anger -- This is a result of the excitement of the mind coming from a violent passion that manifests indignation and vengeance.
        2. Wrath -- This is a result of jealousy that brings forth a rage of anger or passionate outburst.
        3. Malice -- This is like the bursting forth of a malignity, or some ill will that erupts into doing something wicked fierce vile act upon another.
        4. Blasphemy -- This is the use of abusive language to speak against, or defame, someone by evil speaking.
        5. Evil Communications -- This vile –morally despicable language that degrades the person, or persons involved in doing so.
        6. Lying -- This is the utterance of any untruth, or attempt to deceive by falsehood.
        7. Respecter of persons -- This is not looking at a person with respect of whether he or she is Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, Barbarian or Scythian, bond or free. [v.11]
    2. "ALL THINGS ARE BECOME NEW":
      1. In Colossians 3:12-15, we find a list enumerating the new things that are take the place of what has been put away. We must remember that it is not enough to just put off the sinful garments, but we must put on new garments as well.
        Col. 3:12-15 = "Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful."
      2. Things that manifest a noticeable change from the old to the new"
        1. Bowels of mercies -- This is the showing of inward affection that involves tender mercy and pity and compassion.
        2. Kindness -- This is a characteristic that manifests one's demeanor of gentleness and goodness toward others.
        3. Humbleness -- This is the absence of proud and haughty, where one shows himself on the same level as those about him in both mind and actions.
        4. Meekness -- This is a characteristic that manifests patience without any violent or aggressive actions.
        5. Longsuffering -- This is the long endurance of patience toward those that create an offense, or cause a disturbance.
        6. Forbearing one another -- This is enduring or bearing with someone that is suffering, or to put up with someone to show the love of God toward them when they are wrong.
        7. Forgiving one another -- This is not holding something against another, manifesting pardon, or rescue, in delivering or forgiving someone of a wrong.
        8. Charity or love -- This is pure love without strings attached, it is freely given as an affection or benevolence toward another.
  3. CONCLUSION:
    1. HAS THERE BEEN A NEW CREATION WITHIN YOU?
    2. ARE YOU CONTENT TO DWELL IN THE OLD RAGS OF SIN?
    3. ALL THAT IS REQUIRED IS YOUR OBEDIENCE TO THE WILL OF GOD GIVEN BY HIS SON.
    4. WHY NOT THE LORD CLEAN UP YOUR LIFE TODAY?


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