What are the characteristics of “The New Man”?
- He is renewed in knowledge
- after the image of him that created him
- Where there is neither:
- Greek nor Jew
- circumcision nor uncircumcision
- bond nor free
- But Christ is all
In the discussion of the new man, he is a contrast to the old man in Colossians 3:9. The old man is characterized by his deeds in verse 8. Such deeds are not worthy of commendation. Such deeds are to be put off. They are not characteristic of the new man.
The new man is renewed in knowledge. This knowledge is after the image of the Lord Jesus Christ who created him. This means that the believer is immersed into a whole new world view. This world view is based in knowledge. Prior to this the man lived in ignorance. In particular this ignorance was concerning knowledge of his Creator. Such necessary knowledge patterns one to the image of his Creator.
The character of the new man is unique. He is not patterned after any religious grouping, ethnic grouping, nor civil legal status known before. All prior identifications ceased. This new identification is very specific. He is to understand that Christ is all and in all. All is after the image of him that created him. Jesus Christ is the basis of knowledge.
Covetousness is the final item a believer must mortify in the list in verse 5. This list is not made up of suggestions. This matter is very serious ” For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:..” verse 6
Mortifying such things indicates a clear difference between natural man and men of God. The wrath of God speaks of violent passion as would be expressed in punishment.
Covetousness is a strong and inordinate desire of obtaining and possessing some supposed good. (Webster) Strongs Concordance says that it refers to avarice. It is something obtained by fraudulency or extortion. In fact, the verse adds further importance by saying it is idolatry. This indicates that whatever desire that is expressed is more important to the individual than his desire to please God. That IS idolatry.
Therefore it is imperative to remember the importance of verse 6. Ultimately, the ways of the world reap no pleasant fruitfulness. The reaping can happen at any time. The children of disobedience are all those who know not Christ nor are known of Him! The believer must not do things which are characteristic to children of disobedience!
For one to define filth in a person’s life, many find this difficult today. It seems that everyone is want to do that which is right in their own eyes. To define what is clean, is a lot easier when one looks at it from the perspective of the eternal God who is not only Creator but the definer of all.
Uncleanness is a word which combines two thoughts. According to Strong’s Concordance it is defined as “impurity (quality), physically and morally.” The first part of the word is a negative particle. It is the word “not”. Such as “not clean.” The second part of the word means “cleansed”. It refers to that which is impure (ceremonially, morally [lewd] or specifically [demonic]).
The word demonic implies one or something is under the power of a demon. Demons are unclean spirits. That which is unclean is not set apart for the use and glory of God. A demon’s purpose is to appose God in all matters.
What is unclean is described by the term filth or foul. It is something to be separated from. It describes something diseased. If God sees uncleanness in you, He will turn away. This implies loss of blessing. Uncleanness is the opposite of holiness. (2 Corinthians 12:21; Galatians 5:19; Ephesians 4:19; 5:3; Colossians 3:5; 2 Thessalonians 4:7)
The intent of the idea “mortify” says to abhore those things in your life which are unclean. You should consider such ways a contradiction to living a life as a Christian. Such conduct is also contradictory to the concept of the body of Christ, the church. All those who are cleansed by the blood of Christ do not want to return to that which is uncleaness.
Fornication is taught as being an acceptable way of life according to many who live by the world’s approval system. It is presumed to be OK by teachers from the elementary school systems all the way through higher education. It is frequently presented as acceptable in written literature, on the World Wide Web, on television, in movies, and in many videos.
God in His Bible, teaches that this life style is unapproved.
The Biblical word “fornication” comes from the Greek word “porneia.” From this word we have the English word porno-graphy. Strongs Concordance defines it as harlotry (including adultery and incest) and figuratively idolatry. The emphasis from this word history suggests a commercial aspect. Thayer’s Bible Dictionary defines it as “illicit sexual intercourse.” It amplifies the definition to include adultery, fornication, homosexuality, lesbianism, intercourse with animals, etc. It also includes intercourse with close relatives. It is used metaphorically, the worship of idols.
The importance of this command is that those who intend be known as people of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ are accountable to set such habits and conduct behind them and cease approving and doing them.
We live in a world where too many people seem to lack awareness as to where proper authority originates. This answer is directly addressed in the Bible in the book of Isaiah. In Chapter 45 and in surrounding chapters, this is clearly laid out.
In verse 5 and in the surrounding context, it says,
“Isa 45:5 I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me:
Isa 45:6 That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the LORD, and there is none else.
Isa 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.
Isa 45:8 Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the LORD have created it.
Isa 45:9 Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?
Isa 45:10 Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth?
Isa 45:11 Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.
Isa 45:12 I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.”
To whom are you yielding your life? To make an error in this decision not only affects you in current time but it affects you for all of eternity.
It is important that a student receive factual instruction that is generally free of commentary. Of if the instructor wishes to provide commentary, then that instructor needs to divide the instructional content in such a manner that the student is told that one part is evidence based and the other part is commentary or interpretation of the evidence. This is honest teaching.
This is important to any level of higher or lower educational learning. By using this method, the student is able to learn discriminating skills which afford true learning and discerning. Even if one instructor differs from another in quality, the student learns to develop independent skills which lead to deeper thinking. This also leads to higher qualities of scientific research results.
This form of teaching and learning needs to apply to all areas of curriculum whether it is science or social science.
Christmas is the season when envy rears its ugly head.
As jealousy, people look at each other. Some family members or friends can do things we cannot do. Because their gifts and talents may be expressive and put them in the public eye more than ours, we can be grieved by their fame or success. Such grief can lead to hatred or desires that they be knocked down. We may use hateful words or actions to accomplish this ourselves. This is wrong.
If we see that others who are sinners seem to be elevated because of their ways, we may be envious of them. Any profit they may seem to gain will eventually work to their fall, even their being cut off. What they seem to have really is not worthy of being envious.
Those who are of a sound heart will find holiness is the focus of their life. Holiness is reflected in a heart. That heart will be serene, mild, unruffled by what goes on about them. There will be a peace of mind within them because they “fear the LORD all the day long.” The focus of their life is upon the LORD. They have not time to allow the activities of sinners or others to capture their longing attention.
When the true, the pure, the real basics of Christianity are destroyed, how can one expect it to survive? Truth is either truth or it is nothing at all. That is the way Christianity is being treated, as nothingness and worthless. Destroy the foundations and the structure becomes useless.
The following link describes the issues at hand. Except there be some who will read and understand what is written, there will be none to distinguish and remind others of the true.
Post Fundamentalism: Part 1
For the full article in pdf
There is a conference pending which will emphasize “Preserving the Truth“.
This conference will look at the reasons for serious aberrations in the church today and discuss why. But the more important matter is the discussion of what we must be maintaining and why.
It would have to depend upon whether it is based upon reliable data, data which is properly organized about reliable presumptions, and whether it is provable by repeated testing, whether it is possible to prove it wrong, and whether there are contradictory conclusions which can be accounted for.
Knowledge is something which is knowable. It must be able to stand the test of time. In fact true knowledge is incontestable in the end.
We have been using radio active decay principles to date many of our artifacts. At first it seemed to be the basis for knowledge. But as more consideration has been made of its reliability, this method is failing a great many tests of ‘at least’ the application of its use without considering some serious variables.
Consider this link which brings serious doubt on one area of reliability and application. http://www.icr.org/article/5656/