UNDERSTANDING  ELOHIM
 
 
 
 
 
 
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The Preeminent Messiah

 

 
 
 
 

Lesson nine

Put On the New Self

Colossians 3:8-24

 In verses five thru seven Paul said if we are united with the messiah, we are not the same as were before.

 Our old spiritual nature that we inherited from Adam and Evil has been redeemed by the son of Yahweh, Yeshua.

 Therefore, armed with the knowledge, that we are new creatures, we should work at bringing our natural bodies in subjection to the Holy Spirit.  Without the new spiritual birth, it is impossible to gain control over our natural bodies.

 Paul says in Romans 7--

 Romans 7:18 CJB

For I know that there is nothing good housed inside me—that is, inside my old nature. I can want what is good, but I can't do it!

 Romans 7:24-25 CJB

(24)  What a miserable creature I am! Who will rescue me from this body bound for death?

(25)  Thanks be to God [, he will]!—through Yeshua the Messiah, our Lord! ….

 So Yeshua’s death and resurrected gave us the ability to resist sin and to live holy, or sanctified, or a set apart life. We were helpless until Yahweh transferred us from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of his dear son, Yeshua.

 Colossians 1:13 CJB

(13)  He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son.

 All born again believers are member of Elohim’s eternal kingdom. And kingdom citizens are required to obey the rules of the king. Since this kingdom is a kingdom of righteousness, the citizen must strive to become like the king.

Colossians 3:10

(10)  and have put on the new self, which is continually being renewed in fuller and fuller knowledge, closer and closer to the image of its Creator.

Our new self is continuously being renewed in fuller and fuller knowledge, becoming more and more like Elohim.

 This means that we are continuing to learn new things. Things that you learned 40 years ago must be updated continuously as new knowledge is discovered.  40 years ago, you didn’t have the full knowledge of things concerning the kingdom of Elohim. Bible translations are continuously be revised and updated. Therefore, we must be willing to explore other historical books beside the bible itself. History sheds light on many things that are obscure in the bible.  

 The fact that Yahweh gave Daniel a vision of the kingdoms and rulers who would control the world, should be an incentive for us to learn more about these kingdoms. They area reiterated in the book of Revelation. However, we will not find the information we need from the bible alone.

 Paul teaches us that being born again does not automatic eradicated the sin in our old physical nature. We must use our own will power in cooperation with the Holy Spirit to overcome those temptations and inclinations.

 Therefore, Paul told us to use our will power to put to death our old nature that still lurks within our bodies.  Those natural desires that hinders us and keep us enslaved to our old way of life.  The evil desires, greed, lust and sexual immorality of all nature.  These are things we used to do before we came to believe in the messiah and had our old spiritual self cut-away.

 

However, not only do we need to destroy our natural desires, but we also need to get rid of other vices that continue to ensnare us.

 Therefore, in 3:8 Paul gives is a list of these things.

 Colossians 3:8

(8)  but now, put them all away—anger, exasperation, meanness, slander [speech injurious, to another’s good name] and obscene talk.

 Put them all away because these things should not be practiced by believers who have had their old self circumcised, as some bible translation puts it. 

 It doesn’t mean that believers will never do any of the things. It is those who continue to practice them that will be excluded from the kingdom.

Paul explains this more extensive in Galatians 5

 Galatians 5:19-21 CJB

(19)  And it is perfectly evident what the old nature does. It expresses itself in sexual immorality, impurity and indecency;

(20)  involvement with the occult and with drugs; in feuding [a prolonged quarrel or conflict], fighting [conflict], becoming jealous [envy of someone] and getting angry [displeasure, or hostility]; in selfish ambition [a strong desire to achieve something], factionalism [divide into separate groups], intrigue

(21)  and envy; in drunkenness, orgies and things like these. I warn you now as I have warned you before: those who do such things will have no share in the Kingdom of God!

 As we look at this long list, we can see that most of them do not apply to many of us today. However, there are a few things that are still problematic in the congregations today.  They are anger, feuding, fighting and slander.

 The Lord made provision for us when we do these things. John said we should confess them to the Lord and he will forgive us and cleanse us. (1 John 1:9)

 In Colossians 3:9 Paul reminds us of our new position in the Lord. 

 Colossians 3:9

(9)  Never lie to one another; because you have stripped away the old self, with its ways,

(10)  and have put on the new self, which is continually being renewed in fuller and fuller knowledge, closer and closer to the image of its Creator.

 Apparently, there were discrimination going on in the congregation at Colosse. We know there were Jews who insisted that the gentiles go through the ritual of initiation into Judaism. There were those who claim to have a superior knowledge and no doubt would look down upon those less knowledgeable.

 Colossians 3:11

The new self allows no room for discriminating between Gentile and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, foreigner, savage, slave, free man; on the contrary, in all, the Messiah is everything.

 The “tree life version”, as in other version, translate this verse as:

 Colossians 3:11 TLV

(11)  Here there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, savage, slave and free; but Messiah is all, and in all.

This mislead some into thinking that all distinction between nations or nationalities or gone when we are born again. However, the CJB makes clear the meaning of Paul’s statement. “no room for discriminating”.

 

Paul also wrote a similar statement to the congregation in Galatia.

 Galatians 3:27-28 CJB

(27)  because as many of you as were immersed into the Messiah have clothed yourselves with the Messiah, in whom

(28)  there is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor freeman, neither male nor female; for in union with the Messiah Yeshua, you are all one.

 It is obvious that we still have male and female, Jew and gentiles. Therefore, the statement could only mean that in Yeshua those distinction should not separate us and cause discrimination. There should not be any unjust or prejudicial treatment of different categories of people on the grounds of race, age, or sex.

 Why? Because in union with the Messiah Yeshua, we are all one.  There is no “big I” and “little you”. 

 It is difficult to reconcile the fact that so many gentile believers, still try to erect a wall to separate between Jewish things and gentiles’ things, when scriptures say the wall that divides us have been torn down by the messiah, creating one new community.

 I am convinced it is because of the false doctrine of replacement theology. I realize many of you have not heard of “replacement theology”, it is real, nevertheless. And have led many down the wrong path of discrimination and false security.

 Our new selves must not allow room for discrimination.  “on the contrary, in all, the Messiah is everything.

 Colossians 3:11

The new self allows no room for discriminating between Gentile and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, foreigner, savage, slave, free man; on the contrary, in all, the Messiah is everything.

 After taking off those vices that causes problems, division, and hinders the effectiveness of the congregation, we must clothe ourselves with those virtues that will bring about peace and glory to the name of Yahweh.

 Colossians 3:12-15

(12)  Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with feelings of compassion and with kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

(13)  Bear with one another; if anyone has a complaint against someone else, forgive him. Indeed, just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must forgive.

(14)  Above all these, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together perfectly;

(15)  and let the shalom which comes from the Messiah be your heart's decision-maker, for this is why you were called to be part of a single Body. And be thankful

 The agapē- -   brotherly love, affection, good will, and benevolence will bind all the other virtue together. Love is the one thing that will remain throughout eternity.

 1 Corinthians 13:8 CJB

(8)  Love never ends; but prophecies will pass, tongues will cease, knowledge will pass.

 Paul said to “put on compassion and with kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

 When we cloth ourselves with love all these things will be manifested in our lives.

 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 CJB

(4)  Love is patient and kind, not jealous, not boastful,

(5)  not proud, rude or selfish, not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs.

(6)  Love does not gloat over other people's sins but takes its delight in the truth.

(7)  Love always bears up, always trusts, always hopes, always endures.

 When believer, are rude, impatience, disrespectful, and forgiveness, it is obvious that they are not walking in love.

 Colossians 3:16

(16)  let the Word of the Messiah, in all its richness, live in you, as you teach and counsel each other in all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude to God in your hearts.

 We should teach each other. However, we must have a teachable spirit. Sometimes, we have those who have made the decision that since the Holy Spirit is our teacher, they I don’t need to listen to any other teacher.  Therefore, they developed a rebellious spirit and refuse to listen to what other teach. It is the same kind of spirit that move Korah and his group to rebel again moses in numbers 16. Yahweh did not deal kindly with that group.

 So, Paul said “as you teach and counsel each other in all wisdom”.

 Therefore, as Elohim's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, who have put off the old man and his deed, and have put on the new self with all its righteousness, everything we say and do should be done in Yeshua’s name.

Everything we do should bring glory to his name.

·       We need to remember, who our king is;

·       we need to remember who we work for.

·       We need to remember who will reward us for what we do in the kingdom.

When we think we are working for man, we will be slothful and negligence. But if we would remember, that we were call, set aside, in the messiah, to be Yahweh’s ambassador here on then, we would be faithful steward over the Lord’s house.

 Colossians 3:16

(17)  That is, everything you do or say, do in the name of the Lord Yeshua, giving thanks through him to God the Father.

 Colossians 3:23-24

(23)  Whatever work you do, put yourself into it, as those who are serving not merely other people, but the Lord.

(24)  Remember that as your reward, you will receive the inheritance from the Lord. You are slaving for the Lord, for the Messiah.

 Elohim expects his kingdom citizen to live differently amid this evil and crooked generation. When our live are shining brightly, others will glorify the heavenly father. Therefore, we must take off the old self, and put on the new self. And cease to continue to practice your old life style.

 Not only are we live godly lives to glory Elohim, we must live godly in order to live forever in the everlasting kingdom. No one practicing sin is permitted into the kingdom.   

 Revelation 22:14-15 CJB

(14)  How blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they have the right to eat from the Tree of Life and go through the gates into the city!

(15)  Outside are the homosexuals, those involved with the occult and with drugs, the sexually immoral, murderers, idol-worshippers, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

What are you wearing today? 

Have you washed your robe in the blood of the lamb?

Have you put on the new life in Yeshua?