We must formally reject sensuality and selfish pride and materialism and bitterness. If you are born of God, a sure evidence of it is the sanctifying work of the Spirit in your life. Matt 9:17; Mark 2:22; Luke 5:37ff; 15:12f; 22:26; John 21:18; Acts 5:6; 1 Cor 5:7; Col 3:10; 1 Tim 5:1f, 11, 14; Titus 2:4, 6; Heb 12:24; 1 Pet 5:5. New (3501) (neos) signifies new in respect to time (contrast kainos = new in respect to quality) and describes that which has recently come into existence but for a relatively short time (eg, "new wine" Mt 9:17). So even as a baby is born a complete human being in one sense, it still manifests the capacity for continual growth, even as newborn believers manifest the innate God given capacity (and need) for spiritual growth (cp 1Pe 2:2-note = the new birth creates a new appetite and requires a new diet to renew our mind! Home >> Bible Studies >> Colossians Series >> Colossians 3:1-10 These small group studies of Colossians contain outlines, cross-references, Bible study discussion questions, and applications. Do this now! Amen. (Sermons from the Epistle to the Colossians) (Bolding added). The new self has a new nature analogous to a growing plant. It was not so in the early and palmy days of the gospel, when Jesus Himself was known in the flesh, and the Holy Spirit descended in an extraordinary degree of sanctifying influence upon the church: it would therefore be wrong to expect it now. In fairness, it should be noted that respected Greek scholar Marvin Vincent states regarding neos and kainos that "the distinction cannot be pressed in all cases". And thus once again we see the vitally important role the pure milk of the Word has in the believer's renewal and overall spiritual growth. "The garment of praise," says Isaiah 61:3; "He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness," Isa 61:10. Young's Literal: and having put on the new, which is renewed in regard to knowledge, after the image of Him who did create him; AND HAVE PUT ON THE NEW SELF : kai endusamenoi (AMPMPN) ton neon : More literally "and having put on the new" (self is not in the Greek but is added in the NAS). 1:4). Nevertheless, the new man is not simply the restoration of whatever pertained to the first Adam before the fall. (Colossians 3:17, NIV) References Read Colossians 3:12-17. Scripture: Psalm 1; Isaiah 35:8-10; Colossians 3:1-17 Theme: Walking in Christ Title: Yellow Line Living INTRO: Grace and peace from God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit! Furthermore, neos and kainos are used several times in the NT to modify the same word (new self, new man, new covenant, new wine), but there is often a difference in the author's intended meaning. Ignorance was the grand characteristic of the heathen state; knowledge, of the Christian. Enduo is used 29 times in NT - NAS = clothed(6), dressed(1), enter(1), put(21). Those old patterns are gradually culled and the newness of life in Christ fills your mind. 22:21; 49:18; 50:3; 51:9; 52:1; 59:17; 61:10; Jer. (Guy King. Our old sin nature is dead in trespasses and sins and is to remain nailed to the cross of Christ. You have the assurance that the One who began his work in you will complete it (Php 1:6-note). Our 'Old Man' as the Bible calls it, which is part of our old Adamic nature is riddled with sin. Colossians 2:8 See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than * according to Christ (NASB: Lockman). After celebrating the Last Supper with His disciples, Jesus declared. Colossians 1:2 says, “To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse.” These were Gentile believers from the city of Colosse. Romans 13:14 But put on (our practice = present tense salvation = progressive sanctification - put Him on each morning and every moment of the day - aorist imperative [middle voice = you initiate the action and participate in the result = put Him yourself] ) the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts. Authorship - Date: This letter was written by Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ (1:1; compare verse 23; 4:18). Vine commenting on new self in Col 3:10 writes that "there are two words for “new,” kainos and neos; neos, which is used here (in Col 3:10), is new in time, new in contrast to that which was of long duration; it stresses here the fact of the believer’s new experience, recently begun and still proceeding; kainos is new in quality and character, this is the word used in the corresponding passage in Ephesians 4:24, i.e., a new character of manhood, spiritual and moral, after the pattern of Christ." Man was created in the image and likeness of God in the beginning, but that image became terribly marred through sin. 10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. On going to the agents, they made it plain to him that they were not going to entrust one of their respectable dwellings to an old reprobate like him. In the middle voice (as here in Col 3:10) it means to clothe oneself with something, in this case the "new man", who is clothed in the robes of Christ's righteousness and now needs to practice what this privileged position entails, i.e., to manifest His righteousness each day toward God and toward men in everyday life. B. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. Paul drew on this terminology in describing a believer’s spiritual preparation for warding off the attacks of Satan. + 3 For you died, and your life has been hidden with the Christ in union with God. Let us therefore lay aside (cast off, drop, fling away, renounce) the deeds of darkness (all the filthy garments of worldliness—that is, everything associated with unrighteousness and evil -- in the context of Col 3:10 this would include lying) and put on the armor of light. In other words salvation is a process that calls for progress. Even though every believer is clothed with the righteousness of Christ, we must still live so as to manifest integrity and uprightness in our personal life. We should never be satisfied with our present attainments, but should always press on to the goal of increasing conformity to the Savior. In one of the most famous uses of enduo Isaiah records the prophetic description of Messiah writing that, He put on (enduo in LXX) righteousness like a breastplate and a helmet of salvation on His head and He put on garments of vengeance for clothing and wrapped Himself with zeal as a mantle. (Ps 132:9), The psalmist is asking God for a godly line of OT priests. They were to put off old vices (Colossians 3:5-8).100 They were to put on new Christian virtues (Colossians 3:9-14).. d. The new man is said to be renewed in knowledge, because an ignorant soul cannot be a good soul. But when this perishable will have put on (enduo) the imperishable, and this mortal [part of us, this nature that is capable of dying] will have put on (enduo) immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, "DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP in victory. The renewing affects the way you think and what you understand about the Lord, his will, and his working in your life. 5:1), and the attitude of rest or security (Phil. All the elements of festivity in the heavenly kingdom will be of a new and higher quality." ACCORDING TO THE IMAGE OF THE ONE WHO CREATED HIM: kat' eikona tou ktisantos (AAPMADG) auton: According to - This prepositional phrase means according to the standard. We must never be satisfied with simply going to church each week but not living radically for Christ in the balance of the week. Am I more like Christ this year than I was at the same time a year ago? Greek: kai endusamenoi ton neon ton anakainoumenon eis epignosin kat' eikona tou ktisantos auton. Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass. Something about the badge and "blues" gained him instant respect and authority. Paul is commanding a daily appropriation of that which we already possess… We have our part to do in dressing ourselves with the divine wardrobe, for here clothes do make the man — and the woman! Scripture: Colossians 3:12–19, Colossians 2:13–15. All believers are not alike eminent for the same peculiar and exalted graces of the Spirit. Comment: As discussed in the notes there is debate between excellent commentators, some favoring this putting on as indicative of positional truth and others favoring it as calling for this to be our practice - progressive sanctification or present tense salvation. The new self continually being renewed describes the process of sanctification. (Hendriksen, W., & Kistemaker, S. J. NT Commentary Set. Colossians 3:1–11 encourages Christian believers to focus their attention on godly, spiritual things. Robinson concluded, "I guess the clothes made the difference. 8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Comment: This putting on refers to salvation, at which time the Spirit replaced our filthy rags of sin with the righteousness of Christ - this is now and forever our new position before God. (Wuest's Word Studies from the Greek New Testament: Eerdmans), MacArthur - It is God’s plan that believers become progressively more like Jesus Christ, the One Who made them (MacArthur, J.: The MacArthur Study Bible Nashville: Word), Thomas Constable - Only by sanctification can people attain to the full image of God and Christ that God created them to bear (Ge 1:26,27). Oh! While new self in regard to our position, is complete in Christ (cp Col 2:10-note) the moment of salvation and regeneration, this new self still maintains (and should manifest) the capacity for spiritual growth. Whether they are Greek folk, or Jewish, Barbarian, Scythian, slave or free (verse 11), they all dress alike. (Word Studies in the New Testament), Wiersbe has this note on "new" writing that, "The Greeks had two different words for new. Everyone in the town knew of old drunken John, unsavoury character that he was. “Submission” is … It implies a newness in quality that keeps growing and changing and improving in the believer. made (Christ Jesus) Who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. Although the NASB makes this "putting on" sound like past tense event, it is better understood as something each believer is to do. Baker Book, The United Bible Societies' New Testament Handbook Series, Vine, W. Collected writings of W. E. Vine. Amplified: And have clothed yourselves with the new [spiritual self], which is [ever in the process of being] renewed and remolded … 11 In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!” (Colossians 3:13, NIV) "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." In… place (of the old, evil nature) you have clothed yourselves (this happens at a moment in time) with a brand-new nature that is continually being renewed (this describes the ongoing process known as sanctification) as you learn more and more about Christ, Who created this new nature within you. Colossians 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Ken Robinson, who is now a pastor, at one time served as a police officer. It obviously does not mean inferiority but merely relates to the function of role. Full knowledge was one purpose of this renewal, the purpose most necessary to be set before the Colossians. It is the peculiar work of the Spirit to glorify Christ; and this He does in various blessed ways, but none more strikingly than in drawing out the likeness of Christ upon the soul. In Exodus, one of many allusions to putting garments on priests, God says, you shall put the holy garments on (enduo in LXX) Aaron and anoint him and consecrate him, that he may minister as a priest to Me. To review this section, the verbs translated put off and put on both are aorist tense and indicate a completed past event. Comment: Here the indirect middle voice conveys the sense "put on yourselves power from on high as a garment". THINKING IT OVER - What "hazards" sometimes divert your attention from Jesus? Ephesians 4:24 and put on (not a command - aorist tense) the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. Colossians 3:15 "And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful." Thus the knowledge is not mere acquaintance with doctrine nor with facts about Christ, but a knowledge which produces a character and manner of life in conformity to the One who is Himself the personal expression and representation of God. Vol. (Heb 10:10-note), For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are (being) sanctified (present passive like "renewed" in Col 3:10 = continually being sanctified = our present practice). You ask yourself the same question you ask every morning. Certainly the Lord uses other things in the sanctification process as in our trials, testing, needs, relationships, etc. Col 1:15), and the new man is undergoing a constant renewal in the likeness of Christ. (see note 1Thessalonians 5:8). What does it really mean to walk with God? The daily "renewal" is such as to result continually in the regenerate man's spiritual vision of Christ, intimacy with Him, insight into His will. We're the "best dressed" folks in the world and most of us don't even know it! In Colossians 3, the apostle Paul told followers of Christ to put on a new uniform. In (see note Ephesians 4:24) in contrast kainos is used for "new" in the same phrase "new self". By union with Him His members become (be it said with reverence and caution) repetitions of Him the glorious Archetype. In Colossians 3:9-10 the apostle Paul mentions the "old self" and the "new self" as he writes "Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him." You lie in bed, thinking. He said people treated him differently when he was in uniform than when he was off duty and wearing plain clothes. Your union with Christ demands a different lifestyle. We all want to dress appropriately and look our best. (Wiersbe, W: Bible Exposition Commentary. This is true regardless of who or what they were before they received the new life—whether they were cultured Greeks or religious Jews; whether they were within the circle of the Abrahamic covenant (see Abrahamic versus Mosaic or Abrahamic vs Old vs New), marked off from the rest of humanity by the ordinance of circumcision, or outside the circle and strangers to the covenants of promise (Ep 2:12-note vs Ep 2:19-note); whether they were barbarian or Scythian (that is, of the wild tribes outside the boundaries of civilization); whether they were slaves or free citizens. They were to be obedient to their masters (Colossians 3:22), working as for the Lord (Colossians 3:23). Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, … Live your life IN CHRIST.” (Stedman, Ray C. From Guilt to Glory. The “new Man” is Jesus Christ, the last Adam (1Cor 15:45), the Head of the new (in quality - kainos) creation (2Cor 5:17-note). 10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. John MacArthur explains that "as believers faithfully live in obedience to and communion with Jesus Christ, His own righteousness produces in them the practical, daily righteousness that becomes their spiritual breastplate. the man in Christ , just as the Old Man was the man in Adam (1Co 15:22, (Ro 5:12-note, Ro 5:14, 15-note, Ro 5:17-note, Ro 5:21-note). The spiritual man in each believer’s heart, like the primal man in the beginning of the world, was created after God’s image. (Ge 3:21), This is but a shadow of the reality that God would someday kill a substitute to redeem sinners, the redemption price being the shed blood of the sinless Lamb of God, Who made available to guilty, unrighteous sinners a garment of righteousness for those who would place their faith in Him. (2 Co 5:21). Being a Christian, he is to dress the part. But we have to grow and develop the way that God has determined.. not by reforming, refining or repairing the old nature through self-effort, but by yielding our new self to the Holy Spirit - so that He works in us and transforms that new life into the image and likeness of Jesus. All the patterns of the past are etched in your mind. the new [in quality] wine" of the Kingdom, which will be of a different character from that of this world (it will be "out of this world"! Paul specifically refers to certain sins such as … Colossians 3:10 "And have put on the new [man], which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:" “The new man” is the person one becomes after conversion: he possesses a new nature, values, aspirations, and a new life-style. (2Chr 6:41), Bless the LORD, O my soul! S. Lewis Johnson explains enduo as used in Colossians 3:10 writing that "The believer, having been severed from his connection with Adam the first, has now been clothed with and joined to Adam the last in all His fragrance and beauty. Colossians 3:10 and have put on (past tense salvation = positional sanctification = our position now and forever in Christ - see our practice in Col 3:12) the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One Who created him (See notes), Colossians 3:12 And so, as those who have been chosen of God (cf notes Eph 1:5), holy and beloved, put on (present tense salvation = progressive sanctification = our practice - a command be clothed [middle voice = clothe yourself] now = aorist imperative) a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience (See notes). Young's Literal has "let us be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love…, In other words, we as believers need to be like sentries on guard against a relentless, persistent, deadly foe, making certain that we are armed with all the accoutrements God has made (potentially) available for the spiritual war we will face every day. With the stripping off of the old nature there has come a new nature, the new man. As has been well said "When a man is clothed in practical righteousness, he is impregnable. (Mt 26:29). In the present context Paul uses anakainoo to signify that the believer is to continually be changed into a new quality or kind of life (that heretofore never existed), which is in opposition to the corrupt, depraved state of the unregenerate man or woman, a state which is continually "decaying" (in a spiritual sense). Colossians 3:10-12 King James Version (KJV). Just then he wasn't dressing the part. and have put on the new man, that is being renewed unto knowledge after the image of him that created him: AMP. We received the old man at birth, and we were given the new man in our heavenly birth. Colossians 3:12–17, “ So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. However, God renews that image by Christ's work on the cross. We have been made a new creation in Christ and are to grow spiritually and mature in our faith. Vincent's Word Studies. Thou art clothed (enduo in LXX) with splendor and majesty, covering Thyself with light as with a cloak (Ps 104:1-2), Let Thy priests be clothed (enduo in LXX) with righteousness and let Thy godly ones sing for joy. The Colossians urged to maintain a lofty spiritual life (Colossians 3:1-4).. b. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is. (Bibliotheca Sacra: Volume 121, Issue 481, 1964). When CHRIST is our Saviour and Master we have to put on the new man. Trench in explaining the nuance of meaning of neos in the phrase new self in Col 3:10 has the following note (although it is not easy to understand if you read it too quickly): Contemplate under aspects of time that mighty transformation which has found and is still finding place in the man who has become obedient to the truth, and you will call him subsequently to this change, neos anthropos. (Believer's Bible Commentary: Thomas Nelson), MacDonald goes on to quote the "Daily Notes of the Scripture Union" which records that "The image of God is not seen in the shape of our bodies, but in the beauty of the renewed mind and heart. The believer has once and for all put on the “new man” (neos), and, as a consequence, he is being renewed (kainos). To come to be "in Him" is thus to "put on (Him as) the New Man," in sharing His acceptance and His life and power. And this is the image the Holy Spirit seems to draw, though it be but an outline of the lineaments upon the believing soul. What's the difference? (Colossians 3:2-3, NIV) "Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Colossians 3:15-16 “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. This attaches ideas foreign to the meaning of the word and adds more to the meaning of the word than is warranted. COL. 3. Faith is unwavering belief in God’s Word that protects us when the arrows of temptation begin to fly. We must recall the words of our Lord in his high priestly prayer: "Sanctify them in the truth; Thy word is truth" (John 17:17). The grace of God works upon the will and affections by renewing the understanding. (Tom Constable's Expository Notes on the Bible), S. Lewis Johnson - The constant renewal of the new man (the participle is present) is according to the image of Christ, and wrought by the God Who created the new man. Thank You that old things are done away with and all things have been made new in Him. Paul in Colossians 3:1 is calling these believers, who are tempted like all of us to think on carnal things, to set their heart and mind on things above. Psalm 132:9 Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness, And let Your godly ones sing for joy. I will rejoice greatly in the LORD, My soul will exult in my God for He has clothed (enduo in LXX) me with garments of salvation. 28:41; 29:5, 8, 30; 40:13f; Lev. As such instruction is imparted and the truths thus received control the life, the believer increasingly displays the image of Him who is the Head of the new creation (1Co 15:49), the image of the One Who Himself is “the image of the invisible God” (Col 1:15-note). The contrast to the worn out garment, the old man, is vividly set forth. In the realm of spiritual warfare, believers are to, Put on (enduo - aorist imperative - do it now - do it decisively - it is urgent! 17:5, 38; 2 Sam. Ps 104:1 (= figurative use = "You are clothed with splendor and majesty") Ps 109:18 (= figurative use = "But he clothed himself with cursing as with his garment"), Ps 109:29 (= figurative use = "Let my accusers be clothed with dishonor"); Ps 132:9 (= figurative use = "Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness"), Ps 132:16, 18; Pr. Listen to these affirmative words: "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. What positive, God-honoring actions can you concentrate on doing instead? When we are wearing these, we will deal properly with situations that arise, our friendships will be strengthened, and we will have the satisfaction that comes from knowing that we are pleasing the Lord. It is so with all new-born people of GOD. He quotes Lightfoot as saying "Which is ever being renewed unto perfect knowledge, the true knowledge in Christ, as opposed to the false knowledge of the heretical teachers." We have laid aside the old garment, the "hand me down" rags from Adam and have put on the new garment, the new man in Christ. It is the new born-again life we received at salvation that must grow. unto knowledge. Bratcher and Nida write that "the renewal process has as its goal the complete restoration in the creature of the likeness of the Creator. The same covenant may be qualified as neos, or kainos (see discussion in next section), as it is contemplated from one point of view or another. Version. Remember, Paul refers to the new man in Colossians 3:10 as a man " renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him." 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