Put on Christ
- Date: March 15, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him” (Colossians 3:10)
- From Put On Christ
I want to tie together up some of these thoughts. "But now ye [believer, now you who are predestined] put off all these [things]…" (Colossians 3:8). He gives us another list, as if the first one wasn't enough. If you can't find any of this on your list, remember that the Scripture also says "and such things." I want you to know that you're on the list. We're all on the list. I look down here, and I look at some of these moral deficiencies: fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness. We'll go over those and what those things mean in our next session. Those are all lusts, the fruits of lust. Sexual lust is the lust that comes from a heart that believes it's deserving, better than others, and merits the best. Covetousness, which is really self-idolizing, is a grasping spirit. It always says, "Me! Me! Me! I deserve it."
He gives us another list here. He says, "If you're seeking those things that are above, if you're truly the redeemed, and if you're mortifying your members, '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'" (Colossians 3:8-9). Now we have two lists. That's cool. We can go through these checklists, but he comes to this other point. He says, "And have put on the new man…" (Colossians 3:10). It's not enough to get rid of the list, is it? We have to put on this new man. The Spirit of God says, "And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him." We are renewed in our revelation of who Jesus is. We don't just see Jesus as Savior anymore. We see Him as the pursuit, the object of our faith. We see Him as that icon that we're supposed to be stamped into -- His image. We see Him as something we want to be like. We're not caught up with, "Praise God! I don't have to go to hell. Praise God! My sins are forgiven." We're caught up with this: "How can I be like Him?" Everyday is not taken up with saying, "Oh, forgive me, Lord. Oh God, I'm in such need. Oh God, bless me." It's taken up with: "I want to be like You." If you're raised up and seated with Him, and if you're seeking the things at God's right hand, you're not caught up with what you're going to eat and drink. You're not caught up with all of the old sins that have held you bound. You don't keep talking to people about your besetting sins. You're taken up with one thing: I want to look like that! If you be risen, seek those things that are above. If you've died and been risen with Christ, you are absolutely obsessed with Christlikeness and not the cares of this world, the new position, the bigger job, the pay raise, the ease, or the comfort. "Oh, I guess we've got to go out and witness. I guess we'd better go to prayer tonight. Oh, I guess we should go to church tonight. Oh, it's missions tonight, maybe we'll miss it. Who cares?" I want to be like Christ. If I'm like that, it's not about me. It's about how I lay my life down. I love others better than myself. And that's where it goes to in this chapter: the new man which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him.